Houston BOE member Greenway dies at 59

Pamela Greenway, Houston County Board of Education member and former chairwoman, died Saturday, according to school system officials. She was 59. Greenway, a Warner Robins attorney, had been battling cancer, said her daughter, Christy Wright.

Family members, co-workers and friends remembered her as a gracious but determined individual who became a success through hard work.

“She was an amazing mother and incredible community leader,” Wright said. “She was the first female attorney in Houston County. Whatever she set her mind to, she would accomplish it.”

Wright said she and her sister didn’t think of Greenway, a native of Ohio, strictly as a working mother.

“She ran her law practice full-time but always was home for dinner, helped us with our homework and always had time to be with us,” Wright said.

Greenway similarly seemed to always have time when it came to school matters, said Superintendent David Carpenter.

“She always had time to talk whenever I called,” Carpenter said. “It was not an issue of her rushing through the conversation; she took the time to talk or hear you out. She was a great lady.”

Greenway joined the school board in 2001, and at the time it was a fractious group, recalled board member Fred Wilson.

“The board was in turmoil and she helped still the waters,” Wilson said. “She was a determined leader who respected all opinions, gave everybody an opportunity to voice theirs.”

The school system was her No. 1 priority, Wilson and others said.

“She was strong in her beliefs and passionate about our schools,” said board Chairman Tom Walmer, who succeeded Greenway in December. “She was always focused on what was best for the school system and our students, and was the kind of person who went full tilt and would not give out until the job was finished.”

That determination was mirrored by her leadership of the board, said Carpenter.

“She was a very strong-willed person and that’s why she was so successful as chair of the board,” he said. “She could help keep us focused on the task at hand, and all had great respect for her.”

Former state Rep. Sonny Watson, who knew Greenway for nearly two decades, said she will be missed by the school system and the community.

“She had determination and a gracious way of presenting her side, and we will miss her experience and ability to compromise,” Watson said.

Her dedication to the school system was also shown in the way she took telephone calls, he said.

“It didn’t matter whether you were fussing or praising, she accepted all calls and listened to what you had to say,” he said. “She was an outstanding person who will be missed.”

Greenway, in addition to her legal practice and family roles, had been chairwoman of the Warner Robins Downtown Development Authority, was involved with Happy Hour, Hospice of Houston County, was a municipal court judge, and was appointed to serve on the Professional Standards Commission by Gov. Sonny Perdue.

Visitation will be 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at Heritage Memorial Funeral Home, said Wright.

The funeral will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Trinity United Methodist Church.

To contact writer Jake Jacobs, call 923-6199, extension 305.