Payne Odom Genealogy Library Family Tree
Beth Gay, DCTJ, FSA Scot
Gay, DGOTJ, LOK, FSA Scot
Moultrie, GA 31776-2693
attended Bartram School for Girls and Robert E. Lee High School in
Jacksonville, Florida and the Florida State University School of Music
in Tallahassee, Florida. She has attended various community college
classes and graduated in 1998 from Moultrie Technical College with a
certificate in Microcomputer/Desktop Publishing.
worked in advertising all of her adult life and was the first woman ever
hired in the advertising department of the Sears, Roebuck chain of
stores. She was the first woman ever in Southern Bell Telephone
Advertising Sales to sell a display ad.
a graphic designer, writer, editor and promotions director for radio
stations and was one of the first women ever to be awarded a Certified
Radio Marketing Specialist certificate, and for many years was the only
person to receive an A+ on the CRMC examination. She spent about 20
years in radio during which time she was a featured speaker at the
National Association of Broadcasters Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada and
was the recipient of Florida Immie~ez_rsquo~s (The highest honor) for
copywriting/advertising campaigns for WMOP and WFUZ Radio, Ocala,
1989 she has served as the Promotions Director for the Moultrie-Colquitt
County Library and The Odom Library. She is Scottish Liaison and
Editor-in-Chief of The Family Tree, the largest genealogical
publication in the world and the largest Scottish publication in the
world outside Scotland. Now an Internet only publication, The FamilyTree receives some 20,000 visitors each day. She now works half
time at the library.
a free-lance writer with her articles and stories appearing in Horse,
of Course!,The Country Journal, Woman~ez_rsquo~s Day, Genealogical
Helper, Reunions magazine, etc.
a regular columnist for The Moultrie Observer and The Mailbox
Post for almost 15 years. She was a columnist for 10 years for
The Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville, Florida).
listed in Who~ez_rsquo~s Who in the Southeast and Who~ez_rsquo~s Who in the
the 1994 Moultrie/Colquitt County Chamber of Commerce Woman of the Year
and also an Olympic Torchbearer in the Community Heroes Division for the
1996 Olympic Games.
an Honorary Kentucky Colonel.
a Grand Officer in the Sovereign Military Order of the Knights Templar
of Jerusalem and is one of the few women so honored on their own merit.
a 10-year Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.
Gay was honored by Clan Donald USA with a $2000 Cultural Grant for
travel in Scotland and with the Distinguished Service Award.
been awarded Distinguished Service Awards from both The Clan Henderson
Society in the United States & Canada and The Council of Scottish Clans
and Associations, where she serves as editor of The Claymore.
Clan Chattan also recognized Beth for her service to their group.
honored with the Flora MacDonald Award from St. Andrews College in
Laurinburg, North Carolina.
presented programs all over the United States and in Scotland.
Honoured Guest at the San Diego, California Highland Games, the New
Mexico Highland Games at Albuquerque, New Mexico and the Atlanta Celtic
Festival in Atlanta. She was a Special Guest in the Living History
Section of the Pleasanton Scottish Highland Games, Pleasanton,
she was Honoured Guest at the Ocala, Florida Highland Games and Celtic
Fest. She was Special Guest at the 2005 Northeast Florida Highland Games
and Festival and is scheduled to be Honoured Guest at the 2005 Culloden
Highland Games near Macon, GA. She will be Special Guest at the San
Diego, California Highland Games June of 2005.
Gay has been awarded Honorary Memberships in Clan MacNichol, Clan Shaw,
Clan Chattan, Clan Skene, Clan Gordon and Clan Forrester. There is no
other person who has been honored in this way.
has recently been made an Honourary Member of The Michigan Clan Donald
Society...and was presented with an Honourary Membership in the new (and
fun) Clan MacBubba!
was made an Honorary Member of the Coweta Tribal Town of the Creek
Indian Nation in Creek Nation, Indian Territory (Now Oklahoma) by Chinnubbie Hacoce McIntosh.
has been made an Honorary Member of The Clan Macfie Societies which
include The Macfie Clan Society of America, The Cathey Reunion
Association and The MacDuffee/Macfie Clan Society of America, Inc. by
A.C. (Sandy) McPhie, Commander of Clan Macfie.
has been made an Honorary Member of the Clan Turnbull International
a member of Clan Donald USA (national newsletter editor emeritus), Clan
Henderson, Clan Home and Clan Buchanan, currently serving as national
newsletter editor. She previously served as both 1st and 2nd
a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, The National
Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, The American
College of Heraldry and The Jamestowne Society.
References are available on request.
My MacDonald Family
McDonald Bishop (born 11 July 1888, Madison, Florida - died 30 October
1960, Jacksonville, Floirida) with her two daughters, Elizabeth Clyatt
Bishop (born 10 October 1910, Madison, Florida - died 19 November 1990,
Jacksonville, Florida) and Lois Mildred Bishop (born 13 February 1908
Madison, Florida - and still wonderful at almost 95!).
Elizabeth Clyatt Bishop is Beth's mother...Beth is a "Junior" being named
Elizabeth Bishop Palmer.
McDonald Bishop (my grandmother), Oscar McDonald, Estelle McDonald Stuart
and Jessie Mae McDonald Copeland. This was the family of John Daniel
McDonald and Zillianne Zaradora Phillips McDonald.
Note the watermelon slice on the ground. My mother, Elizabeth Clyatt
Bishop Palmer Brown, put her slice of watermelon on the ground long enough
to take the picture!
This is a
photograph of the McDonald children: Oscar McDonald, Annie Roberta
McDonald, Jessie Mae McDonald and Estelle McDonald...the girl on the
bottom right is Ora Lee Bishop, daughter of Walter Bishop's sister (This
is all of the information I have on her identity.).
It's sort of interesting - and I just noticed - that the McDonald bunch
lined up exactly the same way eating watermelon years and years and years
A few years later,
Lois Mildred Bishop, Annie Roberta McDonald Bishop and Elizabeth Clyatt
Bishop (my mother). Annie Roberta McDonald Bishop was a very talented
seamstress and made all of the clothes for herself and both girls in both
of the pictures shown here.
When she was left a widow, shortly after this picture was made, she
supported her little family by sewing "on black cloth" which was
My mother, Elizabeth, grew up to do the most exquisite needlework. She
crocheted, tatted, embroidered. My baby dresses would have been "fit for
a princess." They are made of Irish handkerchief linen and are all
embellished with the tiniest hand-made lace and embroidery.
My beloved Aunt Mildred grew up to be a Lifetime Flower Show Judge and was
responsible for flower arrangement being brought into an art form. She
lectured at universities all across the US and taught design and
flowers-as-an-art-form for many years. She has just this year retired
from teaching an advanced, college level, bible class. She is almost 95.
Beth Gay - April 2003
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