Pastor Annie Mae Peay Gatson was born on September 4, 1944, in Blythewood, SC the third of eight children born to the late Mack and Daisy Brice Peay. She was called home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, November 15, 2022, at her residence in Columbia, SC.
Annie was educated at Bethel Hanberry High School in Blythewood, SC. She furthered her education at Rice College and Rutledge College in Columbia, SC. She was employed by Columbia Hospital, now known as Prisma Health-Richland as a Medical Office Assistant, and transporter. She left the medical field and went into Home Care, where she served for 40 years.
At an early age, she joined Bethel Baptist Church in Blythewood, SC. She was the founder and Pastor of New Love Temple Church in Columbia, SC, where she served faithfully until her passing. Pastor Gatson was well-known in her community. Her passion was helping others. She made sure everyone around her was very well taken care of. She fed and looked after the homeless in her community. She will be missed by all whose lives she so lovingly touched.
Pastor Gatson was also preceded in death by her 7 siblings, John Henry Peay, Mary Shell, Bernice Smith, Forrell Joyner, Ruth Shell, and Ronny Peay; and Joseph Peay.
Pastor Gatson leaves to cherish her fond memories, her loving mother-in-law, Mrs. Fannie Mae Gatson; her children, Mrs. Veronica F. Young (Andre), Mr. Walter F. Gatson (Stephney), and Mrs. Marshalita W. Carlos (Bryant), she is survived by 10 grandchildren, Tacarra, Enriques, Karisma, Quinton, Bryant Jr., Jordan, Tierra, Joshua, Brandon, Malachi; her loving siblings, Mr. Fletcher (Annie Mae) Goines, Mr. James (Sonya) Goines, Rev. Calvin Goines, Mr. Albert (Catherine) Goines, Mr. Willie (Beryl) Goines, Mr. Michael (Sarah) Belton, Mr. Joseph (Leatha) Belton, Mrs. Ada Mae (John) Davis; loving brother-in-law, Mr. Richard Smith; and four loving sisters-in-law, Mrs. Carrie Peay, Mrs. Shirley G. Jackson, Mrs. Sylvia G. Jenkins, and Mrs. Mattie Gatson. Pastor Gatson also leaves nine (9) great-grandchildren; nine (9) godchildren; adopted daughter, Evangelist Stephanie Lucas, adopted son, Mr. Burton (Jessica) Johnson, and a host nieces, nephews, other loving relatives and dear friends, all of whom will dearly miss her, but rejoice that she is now with the Lord.