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Black Woman Greatness: Winn-Dixie celebrates the birthday and life of 100-year old Winn-Dixie Associate, Trailblazer and Barrier Breaker, Mrs. Romay Davis

On October 29th 2019 Southeastern Grocers, parent company of Winn-Dixie, along with the Montgomery community and hardworking trailblazers all over the world, celebrate the birthday and life of 100-year-old Winn-Dixie associate, Romay Davis. Winn-Dixie honored a beautiful associate who turned 100 years young. In celebration of the Centennial’s milestone, Winn Dixie hosted an in-store birthday party and those who have been inspired by Ms. Romay’s accomplishments and zest for life where invited to celebrate her 100 years by sharing on social media how they will:

“Make today a #RomayDavisDay,” in other words, live life to the fullest!

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Anthony Hucker, President and CEO of Southeastern Grocers, said, “Winn-Dixie has a deeply rooted history in Montgomery, and part of our diverse story includes amazing associates like Romay Davis. As we celebrate Ms. Romay, we are moved by her unwavering dedication and strong work ethic, which inspires others to be their best. On behalf of Winn-Dixie, we salute you, Ms. Romay, for a job well done in serving your community and making a difference in so many lives over the past one hundred years.”


Here is a little history on Ms. Romay’s fascinating life:
Ms. Romay Davis is not your average grocery store associate or centennial. In fact, she’s not average at all! She is mentally sharp, and has lived a robust life where she strives to keep learning. Winn-Dixie honored Ms. Romay with a party at the store in Montgomery at 1 p.m on October 29th.

Winn Dixie employee Romay Davis is overcome with emotion at her huge 100th birthday party at the store on Vaughn Road in Montgomery, Ala., on Tuesday October 29, 2019 Mickey Welsh / Advertiser


Background:

Throughout her amazing life, Ms. Romay has broken barriers and shattered glass ceilings by challenging society’s limiting beliefs. During a time when women and people of color faced restricted rights, Ms. Romay served in World War II (WWII) and graduated from New York University (NYU). Decades later, Ms. Romay is still blazing trails with an incredible story of inspiration, as a Winn-Dixie associate, who’s job is to date products and keep the freshest items on the shelves. At 100, she continues to pour positive energy into customers and the community with her vibrant spirit, warm personality and sharp outlook.

Romay Davis served in the Army during World War II.

Ms. Romay was born on October 29, 1919 in King George County, Virginia. After graduating from high school, Ms. Romay joined the Army and courageously served in WWII. Following the war, she enrolled in NYU and completed her degree in education. She began a rewarding and successful career in fashion, designing clothes for women and children. Ms. Romay traveled the world and experienced many special opportunities including working as a model in New York. Ms. Romay retired in 1982 and moved to Montgomery, Alabama with her husband.

Romay Davis was a fashion designer and model in New York before moving to Montgomery.

After 30 years in fashion, Ms. Romay decided to retire in 1982 and move to Montgomery, Alabama with her loving husband. Over the next 20 years, Ms. Romay continued to share her time and talents by staying active, traveling and painting, as well as working with her church and volunteering for different causes, including adopting military families based in Montgomery.

After her husband passed away, Romay decided to go back to work at the young age of 81 and was hired by Winn-Dixie in 2001, where she still works 20 hours a week.

The Advertiser newspaper that featured Romay Davis as a black belt in taekwondo.
World War II Veteran, NYU alumni, Winn-Dixie associate, Tae Kwon Do Black Belt, fashion designer, artist, model, animal lover, humanitarian, spiritual being, student of life and so much more, Ms. Romay’s life continues to speak to her persistence, positive energy and honest hard work. Her secret to longevity is simple – eat well, don’t worry and see the good in everything and everybody. Ms. Romay Davis, the world sees the good in you. Cheers to 100 years…and many more!

Even though her birthday has passed you can still visit www.facebook.com/winndixie to view and share birthday messages with Ms. Romay or share on social media using the following hashtags: #RomayDavisDay #CheersTo100Year

Winn-Dixie employees said 100-year-old stocker Romay Davis has been an inspiration.

About Winn-Dixie

Founded in 1925, Winn-Dixie grocery stores, liquor stores and in-store pharmacies serve communities throughout five southeastern states – Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi. Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc. is a subsidiary of Southeastern Grocers, which is one of the largest supermarket chains based in the Southeast. For more information, please visit www.winndixie.com and www.segrocers.com

Source: Winn-Dixie, New Orleans, LA and Business Wire

Photos courtesy of Winn Dixie PR

Romay DavisCONTRIBUTED

A native of New Orleans, who left her beloved New Orleans to spend twenty years of living in the land of Minnesota Not So Nice. Minnesota was full of opportunities but would learn that the soul of the state and the people who made it was just as icy cold as the temperatures. After the years and my 40th birthday flew by, I decided it was time to pack up my youngest child and come back to my roots, my birthplace the city that not only birthed me but gave me life. I would not be who I am without my New Orleans beginnings. I am all things that would challenge the belief of growing up in New Orleans. I was a 16yr old teen mother of a premature baby born with a severe medical disability. And only With the help of my mother, was it possible for me to BE! I was able to endure and survive the obstacles laid before my child and me. In a city that was built by my family, but did not allow for us to reap the benefits I overcame. Charity Hospital was my second home — a building filled with miracle workers who made it possible for my daughter to have life. I have lived a life of rainy days with peeks of sunshine, that are my children, including those not of my womb. I'm the proud mother of three and a grandmother of three. My dream was to live the life of the nursery rhyme of ”The Old Lady Who lived in a shoe,” and for the most part, I did. I cared for several children over the years as a special needs foster parent. I would learn that my love was not enough for some children, but I loved them through their pain. I'm not sure if I ever had a case of true love or came close to what love looks like on television, but I had my share of men and the mirage of love. I survived two abusive marriages. Though I longed to return to New Orleans on a daily bases, I must admit my move was one of the best decisions made for me. I am a college graduate; I was a successful entrepreneur. I coowned a soul food restaurant and catering company in Minnesota for 12 years. I developed the talent of creating custom cakes after the murder of my beloved cousin Melvin Paul. He survived Katrina only to go to Minneapolis six months later to be murdered over a parking spot dispute. But with the challenge of creating a simple wedding cake, I was able to find healing. I created the House of Cakes in honor of him. Minnesota life had me pretty materialistic. I worked to the point I do not remember much, but work and handing my children love money. I thought by having the big house on the hill, a husband, having a family, the ultimate provider and being involved in all things that matter, plus having the funds to match would cure me of what I was told was a generational curse of lack of everything from money, love to even self-love. But for the most part, that life poisoned my heart and soul. I was blinded by visions fed to me by the media. I was told I wasn't anything unless I was better than the Jones's. I lived being ok with a broken, bleeding heart. Life like this did not exist in my family while living in New Orleans from what I viewed with my eyes and soul. We may not have had all the things I acquired over the years, but we were happy, we were together. Family outside of New Orleans wasn't family anymore. We lived separate lives and had awkward moments when we bumped into each other in public. I hated living in Minnesota even though life their helped me in so many ways. I felt deep down the only way to repair it was to get back to my roots, my soul, my home, myself, my New Orleans. I'm here, and I love it. Even being in the so-called Blighted Area of New Orleans and not having all the financial and material security, I'm happy. I am determined that She, yes, New Orleans is a woman is just like me; together, we will overcome and will rise from all that tried to kill our spirit. Nothing like starting from the bottom and making your way back up!. I just know in my heart that New Orleans will provide for me. There's a bank account with funds in it owed to me by way of back pay for my ancestors. And I will receive my inheritance, and I will continue the traditions and customs of the old to keep the heartbeat of New Orleans beating. I'm down in the boot, living the life that feels right to me awaiting my destiny...

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