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Mr. William Edwin Gay

December 15, 1938 ~ May 7, 2018 (age 79)

Mr. William Edwin Gay passed away on Monday, May 7, 2018.

The Celebration of Life for Mr. William E. Gay will be held on Friday, May 18, 2018 at 11:00AM in the Layne Renaissance Chapel, 7302 West Florissant Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri with Visitation commencing at 10:30AM.

William Edwin Gay, was born December 15, 1938, in Little Rock, Arkansas. He was the youngest sibling born to Charles Reginald Gay, Sr. and Annette (Davenport) Gay. Both parents and his older brother, Charles Reginald Gay, Jr. preceded him in death. William has one sister, Phyllis Birden, from Chicago, IL. In addition, he had four brothers from Chicago, Charles Gay, Reginald Gay, Ralph Gay, and Richard Gay, and one sister Charlene Gay, who preceded him in death. William departed this life on May 7, 2018, at his home in St. Louis, Missouri.

William (Bill) attended Sumner High School, where he enjoyed sports and graduated in 1956, with the highest honors. He later pursued his life goal of attaining higher education, with honors. He received his undergraduate degree from St. Louis Christian College in 2005, with a specialization in Christian Ministry. He continued to achieve educational goals and ultimately earned his Master's Degree from Lindenwood University in 2006, specializing in Business Administration.

Bill was dedicated to his profession in construction and contract management for more than thirty years. He worked in management for Hemphill Contracting Company, Inc. for twenty years. He was President/CEO of WEG Construction Management Company and he was also Director of Marketing for City Design Group, Inc. Bill worked with various firms and agencies to meet the growing needs of the St. Louis area as well as surrounding areas. He was a member of the National Contract Management Association, St Louis Chapter. He was a Certified Construction Manager for St. Louis Lambert International Airport and St. Louis City and County. Additionally, he served as a panelist on “The Construction Industry in St. Louis”- Black Lawyers Association. Bill was a community leader and political activist. He cared about the needs of the community and political decisions that would impact the community.

He had a passion for professional and recreational sports. Being an avid fan of baseball. He dedicated many years to coaching little league baseball. He loved to travel with family and often spoke of sports and politics with family and friends. Bill always kept God first in his life. He attended Grace Christian Church in St. Louis where he was a devoted member for many years. 

In 1970 Bill was united in holy matrimony to his devoted wife, Mary A. Gay for twenty five years. From this union were the births of Shelley Malissia and Michael Anthony. From a previous union was the birth of Khaneetah Andramedah. Bill was a very proud person who truly loved his family. With his genuine personality, no one ever had to wonder what was on his mind. He had no problem expressing his true feelings. 

Bill will be lovingly remembered and missed by: three children, Khaneetah A. Cunningham (Gerald), Shelley M. Bridges (Joseph), Michael A. Gay, one sister, Phyllis Birden of Chicago, IL, seven grandchildren, a sister-in-law; and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, other relatives and many great friends.

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