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07/28/12 - NNHS Newsletter - Jack Gayle

Jack Fenton Gayle
(d. 25 July 2012)

Newport News High School Class of 1953

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   We have another sad edition of the NNHS Newsletter today.
     Jack Gayle, Class of 1953, passed away at his home in Yorktown on Wednesday, July 25, 2012, at the age of 78.

From the Daily Press - 07/27/12:

               Jack F. Gayle



YORKTOWN - Jack F. Gayle, 78, died at home Wednesday, July 25, 2012, after a long illness.

He was a native of Newport News graduating from Newport News High School in 1953. After serving in the United States Marine Corps, he graduated from the NASA Apprentice School and worked for NASA from 1957-1995.

He is survived by his wife, Joanne Gayle, of Yorktown; his sons, Jeffrey Gayle, of Gloucester, and Jay Gayle and wife Andrea, of Newport News; three special grandchildren, Hunter Gayle, Alexis Gayle, Emma Gayle; sisters, Mary Stenger, Phyllis Colbert and Ann Spencer; and many loved nieces and nephews.


Jack Gayle



Family will receive friends from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 29, 2012, at Peninsula Funeral Home. A graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday in Peninsula Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press from July 28 to July 29, 2012.
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July 28, 2012



July 28, 2012
My truly heartfelt condolences to the entire family. My prayers and thoughts are with you.

July 28, 2012
I'll always remember Jack for his patience and his loyalty when you both kept me company during my long hours of overtime work. Nobody cared like Jack and you did. He was a special man and I will never forget him.

~ Linda Harsey, Hampton, Virginia
July 28, 2012

I didn't know him for a long time, but consider him a friend, his nature and caring for others really defined who he was. He will be missed greatly by his family and friends. May you rest in peace, Jack.

~ Gary & Glenda Minehardt, Villas on Shady Banks, Yorktown, Virginia

July 29, 2012
  I will always remember both you and Billy in the same thought, arriving each Sunday with smiles and humor. God Bless You

~ Susan Dessoffy, Gloucester, Virginia

July 29, 2012

Jack was a wonderful friend and neighbor. He always shared a smile and a kind word. He will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Joanne and family in their time of sorrow. Blessings...

~ Michelle & Mani Zendejas

July 29, 201
I am very sad and I would like to send my love and support to a great man. I only knew him at Newport News High school. What a wonderful person.

July 29, 2012

Joanne, Our family was so sad to read this in the paper. You, Jack, and the boys were so good to Rob and me while you were watching Lindsay. Please know that our thoughts, prayers, and sympathy are with you and the family during this difficult time. Hopefully our paths will cross again one day soon. Specials Thoughts, Lynne & Rob Roadarmel

~ Lynne & Rob Roadarmel, Yorktown, Virginia

July 29, 2012
Joanne, Jeffrey and Jay,
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Remember your family so fondly during the time we were neighbors living at Criston Apts. My mom, Margaret Carpenter, always thought so much of your whole family. Jack always had a smile and was such a kind person. I know he will be dearly missed.

~ Patricia Tolley, Newport News, Virginia

July 29, 2012

Jack & I joined the Marine Corps together in 1953, I never saw him after boot camp, he went to Japan & Hawaii I ended up in Morocco for 18 months and then to Cheery Point, NC. I called him the year we had the HS reunion at Newport News City Park; we spoke briefly, promised to stay in touch and never did. Semper FI, Jack

~ Robert Gwaltney, Pearl City, Hawaii

July 30, 2012

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

~ Dorothy McMahno, Newport News, Virginia

August 02, 2012

My thoughts & prayers are with all of you. I did not know Jack well but think we lived near you many years ago in Hampton. I also graduated NNHS about same time he did. May it help in some small way to know that others share your loss.

~ Margaret Ann Phillips, Newport News, Virginia

August 04
, 2012
Jack was such nice man. I never heard him utter any thing unkind about anyone.
I know he will be missed by his family.

August 0
4, 2012

  Jack was my High School sweetheart! He was a great human being in every sense of the word. I will never forget him!

~ Jeanne Rauch Vlasics, Huntsville, AL

August 20
, 2012


  Our deepest sympathies are extended to the Gayle family and their friends at this difficult time.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

Amazing Grace

Words by John Newton, 1779
(24 July 1725 21 Dec 1807)

 Amazing grace! (how sweet the sound)
That sav'd a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.

'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears reliev'd;
How precious did that grace appear,
The hour I first believ'd!

Thro' many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come;
'Tis grace has brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.

The Lord has promis'd good to me,
His word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life endures.

Yes, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease;
I shall possess, within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.

The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to shine;
But God, who call'd me here below,
Will be forever mine.

Bagpipes Version of "Amazing Grace" midi courtesy of - 05/25/08
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/21/08
Thanks, Dave!

"Amazing Grace" lyrics courtesy of - 03/15/05

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of 01/27/05

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