Janet R. Kay

February 4, 1943November 16, 2020

Janet R. Kay, age 77, of Columbus, Georgia passed away on Monday, November 16, 2020.

Janet was born February 4, 1943 in Columbus, GA to the late Thomas Carl Rutland, Jr. and Hazel Parks Rutland. She was a lifelong resident of Columbus and was retired from Wachovia Bank where she worked as an Administrative Assistant. Janet was a member of Upatoi United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Larry Kay.

A visitation for family and friends for Janet will be held Saturday, November 21, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Parkhill Cemetery, 4161 Macon Road, Columbus, Georgia, followed by a graveside service at 2:00 p.m. according to Striffler-Hamby Mortuary, Columbus, GA.

Survivors include her sons, Brad Hall of Waverly Hall, GA and Derek Thomas and wife, Kimberly, of Smiths Station, AL; grandchildren, Emmie Kate Thomas and Cohen Jase Thomas; her companion, James Korytoski, and Blake Thomas; siblings, Thomas Carl Rutland, III (Sharon) of Florida, James Rutland (Melanie) of Juniper, GA and Jerry Rutland (Glenn) of Florida.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Kay family.


  • William Larry Kay, Husband (deceased)
  • Thomas Carl Rutland, Jr. and Hazel Parks Rutland, Parents (deceased)
  • Brad Hall, Son
  • Derek Thomas (Kimberly), Son
  • Emmie Kate Thomas, Grandchild
  • Cohen Jase Thomas, Grandchild
  • James Korytoski, Companion
  • Thomas Carl Rutland, III (Sharon), Sibling
  • James Rutland (Melanie), Sibling
  • Jerry Rutland (Glenn), Sibling

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  • Visitation for Family and Friends

    Saturday, November 21, 2020

  • A Graveside Celebration of Janet's Life

    Saturday, November 21, 2020

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Skip Harris

November 22, 2020

As a resident of the Columbus area in the 60s, I got to know Janet and her brother. I never met any nicer persons than those two. I was deeply saddened to learn of her husband's death. He was also a friend.
It is a heavy loss to the world to have lost Janet.
We are all saddened.
Skip Harris
Class of '61

Linda Johnston

November 21, 2020

Janet was a member of our dance club. She was a wonderful person and will be missed by all. She and Mr. K all way bought joy to our group. She would ways have a flower in her hair and a kind word for all and a beautiful smile.

Kaleigh Berry

November 20, 2020

Mee mee, you were so kind and so very caring. The world truly was a better place with you in it. You will be missed dearly. Rest easy., You are forever in our hearts.

This family is in my prayers.
I pray God brings you
understanding, peace,
Courage and healing during
this difficult time.

Kimberly Thomas

November 19, 2020

I was honored to be your daughter-in-law for 9 years. It wasn't enough time, I wanted so many more years of memories with you. God had a different plan. I know you are in heaven dancing and smiling right now looking down on us saying "I dont want anyone to be sad" because that's what you always did. Took care of everyone, and made sure they were happy. You will be missed more than you could ever have known. Keep dancing. Love, Kim.......

emmie kate thomas

November 19, 2020

Jill Daly

November 19, 2020

I worked with Janet at the Bank and always thought she was such a nice person. I just saw Janet back this summer and we chatted and caught up. She will be missed by many.

Charles Powell

November 18, 2020

She was a beautiful lady, and a great friend. She got me started with dancing and meeting a lot of great people.

Tony Knowles Waid

November 18, 2020

Janet was my first friend. My family moved to Upatoi in 1949 and she and I met soon afterward. We went to school together from first grade through high school. I was amazed that she had THREE brothers. (I only had sisters!). We had great fun over our childhood years including trying out Shug's snuff! We only did that once!!
She was a beautiful person, inside and out! I will miss her even though in recent years we didn't see each other much.


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