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Walters State Foundation Honors Late Businesswoman
October 17, 2012

A late Morristown businesswoman was honored for her gifts to the community and to Walters State during Monday night’s meeting of the Walters State Foundation Board of Trustees, held on the Morristown campus.

The portrait of the late Ruby Gilley was unveiled during the meeting. This portrait becomes part of the President’s Trust Gallery, located in the Duggins Foundation Room on the Morristown campus. 

Gilley served as secretary to the college’s namesake, Senator Herbert Walters, for four years, including the time he served as a U.S. senator. She later worked for 24 years as a  job placement assistant with the Tennessee Department of Labor. Establishing a scholarship fund for nursing students at Walters State was one way of honoring her mother, Minnie Gilley Rich, who was a long-time nurse and one of the first company nurses at the original American Enka plant. 
“Ms. Gilley lived a remarkable life and this gift will be a legacy to both her and her mother,” said Dr. Wade B. McCamey, president of Walters State. 

Dan Trombley, a long-time friend of Gilley, said she was a very unique lady. She passed away at 93 in September, 2010. Trombley recalled that many people in the receiving line came to pay respects to Gilley because she had helped them find employment at difficult times in their lives.

Trombley also presented the college with an antique nursing tool that Rich had used during her long career. 

Dr. Mark Hurst, treasurer of the foundation and assistant vice president for college advancement at Walters State, reported that the foundation’s total fund balance as of Sept. 30, 2012 was $13,197,586.                                                     

Sevier County businesswoman Linda Ogle, president of the foundation, reported on Foundation activities since the last meeting. McCamey announced that during 2011-12, the total amount given for Walters State Foundation scholarships exceeded $350,000. 

In the picture: The Walters State Community College Foundation unveiled the portrait of the late Ruby Gilley during Monday’s meeting. The portrait will now hang in the college’s President’s Trust Gallery.  From left are Dr. Mark Hurst, associate vice president of college advancement at Walters State; Dan Trombley, a long-time friend of Ms. Gilley; Dr. Wade B. McCamey, president of the college; and Linda Ogle, Sevier County businesswoman and president of the Walters State Foundation.