~ IN MEMORY ~
Evelyn Zay Waller, widow of DL Capt. John Clay Waller
June 14, 1919 ~ May 9, 2016
Notice with the passing of Zay Waller, widow of DL Captain John Clay Waller. Mrs. Waller was 96 years of age at the time of her passing on May 9th. Services will be held Monday, May 16th in Georgia. Captain Waller was born 08-25-1919 and joined Delta Air Lines 05-19-1947. He was ATL based. Captain Waller passed in October of 2006.....both obituaries appear below.
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Evelyn Zay Bailey WALLER, Douglasville: Passed on Monday, May 9, 2016, into the loving arms of our Lord and Savior, our beloved and cherished mother, grandmom and great grandmom. Zay was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas, to the late Dr. William and Ava Bailey. She graduated from Henderson State Teachers College with a B.A. in English and taught for several years in and around Camden, Arkansas, where she met the love of her life, John Waller, who was in Camden teaching cadets to fly in WWII. After the war, Zay and Johnny moved to Hapeville, Georgia, where Johnny took a job for Delta Airlines as a pilot. Zay was also predeceased by her sister, Blanche Bailey; her brother, Dr. William T. Bailey and her nephew, Brown Ritch. She is survived by her daughters: Zay Lynn Bailey, Fairport, New York and Patricia Bennett and her husband, J.C., Oceanview, Delaware; and her son: J. Gary Waller and his wife, Lynda. Lithia Springs, Georgia. Also survived by her grandchildren: Allison Budd and Robyn Oliveira of New York; John G. Waller II and his wife, Beth, of South Carolina and Kristen Bennett of Delaware, and great grandchildren: Kendra, Devan and Jessica Budd, and Tyler, Zay and Ari Waller. Other survivors include her niece, Katherine Bailey and nephew, Tom Bailey of Texas, and many friends. Thanks go to her caretakers of the last year: LaShannon, Kathy, Priscilla and Shimeka. Zay maintained an active social life while always putting her children first. She was Treasurer and President (twice) of the PTA, a Girl Scout leader, Order of the Eastern Star, the Women's Circle at Hapeville United Methodist Church, and played in several bridge clubs. After moving to Douglasville, she joined Gold's Gym and participated in water aerobics for over twenty years. Her most loved connection was with a group of sixteen friends from kindergarten, high school and college who had a reunion every year in Arkansas from college on and maintained their friendships for their entire life. Zay was the next to the last survivor of that special group of women. Visitation and refreshments will be at 1pm on Monday, May 16, 2016, at the First United Methodist Church in Douglasville, Georgia, 6160 Prestley Mill Road with the memorial service to follow at 2pm. In lieu of flowers, you may contribute to Group Living, Inc., Attn: Jane Lucas, 700 Main Street, Suite 200, Arkadelphia, Arkansas, 71923. A private internment will be held in Hot Springs, Arkansas, at a later date.
.Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution from May 13 to May 15, 2016
Capt. John Clay Waller, 87, passed away October 11, 2006 following complications after surgery. He was born August 25, 1919 in Tennille, Georgia to John W. and Daisy Waller. While attending Georgia Southern College, he became a pilot and later taught flight training in Camden, Arkansas. On November 14, 1943, he married Evelyn Zay Bailey in Hot Springs, Arkansas. In 1944, he joined the Air Transport Command in the Army Air Corps when he volunteered to go overseas. He served in the China, Burma India Division and flew 107 trips over the Himalaya Mountains, (The Hump). He also served in the Central African Division and the North African Division. After his return from overseas he flew for Delta Air Line for 33 years. He is survived by his beloved wife, Zay of over 62 years; his daughter, Zay Lynn Bailey, Patricia Bennett and husband, John Bennett; son, John Gary Waller and wife Lynda; grandchildren: Allison Budd and husband, Patrick, Robyn Oliveira, John Gary Waller, II and wife Beth, and Kristen Bennett, niece and nephew, Katherine and Tom Bailey and Carol Coker and her family; a sister, Lois Smith and sister-in-law, Eva Waller. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Group Living Incorporated in Arkadelphia, Arkansas or the Hapeville United Methodist Church. A memorial service will be held Sunday, October 15, 2006 at 4pm at the First Baptist Church in Lithia Springs, the Reverend Robert Whitmire officiating. The family will receive friends one hour before the service. The Cremation Society of the SOUTH is in charge of the arrangements, 770-420-5557. Funeral Home: Cremation Society of the SOUTH, 595 Franklin Rd SE Marietta, GA 30067