CHARLESTON, S.C. – Janie Gregory Polutta, 73, of Charleston, S.C., wife of Laurence Edward Polutta, died Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012.
A memorial service will be held Thursday, Jan. 3, in the Essex Village Church of Christ building at 11 a.m. The family will receive relatives and friends Wednesday, Jan. 2, in J. Henry Stuhr Inc., West Ashley Chapel, 3360 Glenn McConnell Parkway, Charleston, S.C., 5-7 p.m.
Janie was born March 3, 1939 in Pulaski, daughter of the late James Crockett Gregory and the late Florence Johnson Gregory. She graduated from Kingstree High School in Kingstree, S.C. in 1957. She earned her associates degree from David Lipscomb College in 1959. She sang in a quartet in high school that sang in many settings around South Carolina, and hosted singings at her home frequently. Her resonant alto was unmistakable.
She relocated to Charleston in 1959. She met her future husband on New Year’s Eve 1960-61 and was engaged two weeks later. They were married on Sept. 17, 1961.
Janie was a legal secretary 40 years with Barnwell, Whaley, Patterson, and Helms, retiring in June 1998. She was an active member of Essex Village Church of Christ, serving the church and its members in untold ways. She served for years in the kitchen at Palmetto Bible Camp and was well known for her baking skills. Janie was an active member of the James Island Senior Center, volunteered at the airport and the soup kitchen, and ran the Cooper River Bridge Run every year.
She loved to travel and loved her grandchildren in every imaginable way. She was one of Elvis’s biggest fans. She was outgoing and vivacious, making friends everywhere she went. Her legacy of selfless service will be an inspiration to all her family and friends.
She is survived by her son, Michael Laurence Polutta (Natalie) of Atlanta, Ga.; two daughters, Melissa Polutta Altman (Ronald) of Cary, N.C. and Melanie Kae Polutta of Centreville; grandchildren, Lauren Michele Polutta, Rachel Lyn Polutta, Ronald Wayne Altman III, Andrew Joseph Altman and Jackson William Altman, and two sisters, Margaret Catherine Sullivan of Pulaski and Mary Doris Akers of Charleston, S.C.
Memorials may be made to the Essex Village Church of Christ, 736 Savage Road, Charleston, SC 29414.
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