Katherine "Katie" Dykes Channing

January 20, 1923March 22, 2013

1923 - 2013

Katherine (Katie) Dykes Channing, 90, passed away March 22, 2013, surrounded by her loving family.

Graveside funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 27, 2013, at Roselawn Cemetery, Piedmont Rd., Tallahassee, FL. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, March 26, at Culleys’ Meadowwood, Timberlane Road.

Katie spent her younger years growing up in Quincy, Fl. After graduating from high school, she attended Bowling Green (Kentucky) Business University. Upon receiving her degree, Katie returned to Tallahassee and began her career with the Florida Department of Transportation, formerly the State Road Department. Katie was truly a legend and well respected employee during her 48 years serving in the Right of Way Division her entire career.

Katie was married to the love of her life, Walter D. Channing (Wallie), native of Bridgeport, Connecticut. They were married for 29 years until his untimely death in 1975 and were idyllic parents to Ginger and Danny. During her post retirement years, she enjoyed the company of the “DOT Retiree Girls” eating, traveling, and attending most an event that spelled fun. Katie truly lived her life to the fullest. But, most of all, her greatest passion and pride was spending time with her children and grandchildren whom she adored. She was an active lifetime member of the Elketts of Tallahassee Elks Lodge 937 and St. Johns Episcopal Church. All that knew Katie would agree that she was an elegant, sophisticated, intelligent and extremely independent lady that carried herself with much dignity. Her passing will, indeed, leave a hole in many hearts. Katie is survived by her two children, Ginger Jordan and husband Jimmy, of Tallahassee; Danny Channing, of Atlanta; grandchildren, Jared Channing and Ashley Channing both of Atlanta; extremely close cousins, Julie, Ellory and Jonathan Fuqua; and Kenneth Anderson.

She was preceded in death by Walter D. Channing (husband); Moses and Lucy Dykes (parents); Virginia Dykes (sister); and very close cousin Joanne Anderson.

Very special thanks to her caregivers Sha’quan, Leah, Myra and the angels of Big Bend Hospice.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made in Katie’s name to Big Bend Hospice, 1723 Mahan Center Blvd, Tallahassee, Fl 32308


  • Visitation Tuesday, March 26, 2013
  • Graveside Service Wednesday, March 27, 2013
  • Visitation Tuesday, March 26, 2013

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Betty Gunn

March 19, 2014

Ginger and Danny, your Mom was a wonderful person. It was very hard for me to accept her illness and death. I will always remember and cherish the fun times we had. I loved and miss her so very much.

Betty Gunn

March 19, 2014

Ginger and Danny, your Mom was such a special person to me. It was very hard for me to accept her illness and death. I loved and miss her so very much.

Anna and Danilo Pistwlli

March 29, 2013

Ginger your mom was such a gift from God. I know you will miss her as will so many others. Share the memories and love she gave with everyone. She definitely was a light of Christ! You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Gene McLean M&D's Rest.TLH/FLA

March 28, 2013

Love you KK !

Becky Reed

March 27, 2013

Ginger and Danny, I just found out about your Mom, I am so sorry. You guys are in my prayers. Love you, Becky

Dee Gowan Goodwin

March 27, 2013

Ginger, Danny & family. I thought your mother was such a lovely person and an inspiration to all around her. Any place you saw her she always had a smile and made everyone around her happy. I knew her also through your Dad Wally, when I worked for him. My prayers are with you all. Dee Gowan G.

Kim Watford

March 26, 2013

Danny and Ginger, Katie will truly be missed by all of us. I don't have many memories from my childhood that don't include y'all. We really loved your mom.
Kim Smith Watford

Larry Strong

March 26, 2013

Dear Ginger and Danny,
Katherine was such a great friend to my mother for over 50 years. I don't know anyone who worked together for as long as they did and stayed such good friends. We will always remember her kindness.
Larry Strong

March 26, 2013

To Katie's Family: Through the years of your Mom's and my Mom's (Faye) friendship, we got to know, love and respect your Mother. She was an incredible inspiration to our family. All our thoughts and prayers are with you... All our love, Tal and Becky Mann

Laurie Hunter

March 26, 2013

I knew Katie while working at D.O.T. She was a nice lady whom will be missed. My deepest condolences and prayers to her family.

Laurie S. Hunter