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

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