Katie “Kay” Nease, 68, has served the Tattnall County community for 40 years as the administrative assistant at the University of Georgia Extension office in Reidsville.
Tears filled her eyes as she talked about her retirement, which is approaching in July 2022.
“I would not retire if I was able to continue working,” Kay said. “I am looking forward to enjoying my retirement, but I am sad to leave.”
A retirement celebration for Kay will be held Thursday, July 28 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the extension office, located inside the Tattnall County Governmental Complex (114 N. Main Street). You may RSVP to this reception at www.tinyurl.com/knretires.
Kay enjoys working at the extension office for two main reasons: her coworkers and the 4-H’ers.
“My coworkers are so friendly… it truly brings me joy to work with them. I also enjoy watching the 4-H’ers grow and learn through Tattnall County 4-H,” Kay said.
Kay spent most of her life in Tattnall County, despite moving to Florida and Waycross, Georgia, when she was a young girl. She is a 1971 graduate of Glennville High School, and she currently resides in Glennville.
She began working at the extension office in Glennville when she was 28 years old. The offices later consolidated to the one office in Reidsville.
“There is something very special about having a positive impact on the community I grew up in,” Kay said.
Kay is the daughter of the late W.H. and Elizabeth Daughtry. She has one sister, Anne (Bill) Daughtry Forsyth, 74, and one brother, Bill (Gail) Daughtry, 75.
She has one son, Adrian Nease, who is an investigator with the Tattnall County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division.
Adrian is married to Angie Nease, and they have three children: Dalton Rush, 24; Alex Nease, 19; and Will Nease, 16. Dalton and Katie Beverly recently welcomed their first child, Michael James Rush, on May 5, 2022.
Angie is the cook of the family and has many recipes from Kay’s mother and grandmother. Kay’s favorite meal is steak and a baked potato, though she also loves Japanese, Chinese, and Italian food.
Kay Nease’s Recipes
Kay’s Easy Chicken & Rice
2 cans of Cream of Chicken Soup
4 chicken thighs
salt & pepper to taste
1-2 cups rice.
Salt and pepper chicken and place chicken in a large pot. Add enough water to cover chicken (about 4 to 5 cups). Add cream of chicken soup. Boil until chicken is done.
Pull chicken from bone and return chicken to pot.
Add 1 to 2 cups of uncooked rice. Add salt and
pepper to taste. Stir to make rice even in the broth.
Bring the mixture to a boil then turn temperature to
low. Cover and cook until rice is done.
Angie’s Zucchini Bread
2 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp. vanilla
3 cups flour
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 cups shredded zucchini
Mix sugar, oil, vanilla, and eggs together. In separate bowl, mix flour, salt, baking soda, and
cinnamon together. Add flour mixture to egg mixture. Add zucchini. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pour mixture into greased pan. Bake 1 hour.