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Charles Michael “Mike” Gayle

Posted By Kristen Norton On March 30, 2019 @ 3:59 pm In Obituary | 18 Comments

July 9, 1944-March 30, 2019

Charles Michael Gayle, 74, of Bryan, TX passed away Saturday, March 30, 2019. Charles Michael, known as Mike to all of his friends and family, was born July 9, 1944 in Norfolk, VA at Langley Field Air Force Base to Col. Charles Afton and Mary Lee Gayle. He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Bryan, TX. He was a proud member of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Corps of Cadets and graduated from Texas A&M, class of 66’, with a degree in Agriculture. He went on to become a Vocational Agriculture Teacher, and this is where he became involved with and developed a passion for the National FFA Organization. He married his beloved wife, Marilyn Boyd Gayle in April of 1973, with whom he celebrated nearly 46 years of marriage. Together they had two daughters, Traci and Lauri. He retired from teaching Ag in 2000 after 32 years. After retirement, he and his wife Marilyn moved to Bryan, Texas, to be close to their children and four grandchildren, who he loved dearly: Luke, Emma, Cole, and Ty. Along with spending time with his family, Mike loved playing golf and fishing, and he was passionate about attending or watching Aggie sporting events.

Mike is preceded in death by his parents, Col. Charles Afton and Mary Lee Gayle; his sister, Nance Allen; and nephew, Mark Allen.

Survivors include his wife, Marilyn Gayle of Bryan, TX; daughters, Traci Jones of Bryan, TX, her husband Mykal and their three children, Luke, Emma, and Cole; Lauri Dean of Madisonville, TX her husband Casey and their son, Ty; 3 brothers, Steven Gayle of Waco, TX, Bill Gayle of Grapeland, TX and Jeff Gayle of Grapeland, TX; 2 sisters, Patti Huff of Grapeland, TX and Kathy Shuman of Angleton, TX; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Pallbearers will be Steven Gayle, Bill Gayle, Jeff Gayle, Mykal Jones, Casey Dean, Luke Jones, Cole Jones, and Ty Dean; and Honorary Pallbearers will be Lewis Breeland, Harvey Toon, and Harold Dodson.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Texas FFA Organization, 614 East 12th Street, Austin, TX 78701. (www.mytexasffa.org)

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 3rd in the Bluebonnet Chapel of Callaway-Jones Funeral and Cremation Centers, 3001 S. College Ave., Bryan, TX 77801.

The Funeral Service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday at First United Methodist Church, 506 E. 28th St., Bryan, TX with the graveside service to follow at College Station Memorial Cemetery. Pastor Rick Sitton will be officiating. Services are in the care of Callaway-Jones Funeral and Cremation Centers, Bryan, TX.

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Condolence from David and Sharon Keys on March 31st, 2019 9:04 am

Know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from Mike Greer on April 1st, 2019 6:49 am

Sincere condolences to your family in this time of loss. We will always have good memories
of the times we shared with Mike on the golf course.

Condolence from Francisco Acevedo on April 1st, 2019 9:21 pm

So sad to here of the passing of Mr Gayle. My sincere condolences Ms Gayle, Traci, and Laurie. Mr Gayle was truly one of my favorite teachers. May God be with you all.

Condolence from Darla Neisemier on April 1st, 2019 11:18 pm

Grieving with you, and praying for the comfort, strength, and peace of the Lord Jesus to be yours in abundant supply.

Much love,
The Neisemier Family

Condolence from Helen Longsden on April 2nd, 2019 1:27 am

RIP Mike, Thoughts are with Marilyn and familyx

Condolence from Maureen on April 2nd, 2019 8:59 am

You are in our thoughts and prayers, love you Maureen and Connor

Condolence from Betty Oltorf on April 2nd, 2019 1:49 pm

I’m thinking about you and keeping you in my prayers, Marilyn. Peace to you and your family. Betty Jones Oltorf

Condolence from Philomina Rouse on April 2nd, 2019 2:09 pm

Marilyn, my heartfelt prayers go out to you and your family. I am so sorry for your loss.

Condolence from Brad Fagan on April 2nd, 2019 2:32 pm

We will miss Mike Gayle. Marilyn, Traci and Lauri, and all of his extended family are in our thoughts and hearts as we mourn our loss. Memories of the good times we shared will always be with us.

Condolence from Mike Trammell on April 2nd, 2019 4:17 pm

I would like to sand my deepest condolences. I remember Mr Gayle whenever he was at LaVega I remember he was sic h a good man.

Condolence from Jerry Smith on April 2nd, 2019 6:16 pm

Sorry for your loss. Mr Gayle was one of my Ag teachers at LaVega.

Condolence from Bill and Becky Gayle on April 3rd, 2019 12:59 am

Mike was a great guy ! I will miss him , his corny jokes , and his silly faces . He was truly , one of a kind . The video was incredibly moving and showed who Mike Gayle was all about . We love you Marilyn , Traci and Lauri and the rest of the family .. in sincere condolences. Love Bill and Becky

Condolence from Carol Statham on April 3rd, 2019 3:52 am

My condolences to the family. I was in Vocational Ag from 1975-77 at LaVega. Test in peace, Mr. Gayle

Condolence from Christy Jerichow Slagle on April 3rd, 2019 2:40 pm

My thoughts and prayers are with you in this sad.time.

Condolence from Scott Pierce on April 3rd, 2019 8:55 pm

So sorry for your loss. He was my first Ag. teacher at LaVega. I always enjoyed his class. May the Good Lord hold you and your family in his arms and help you through this time of sorrow .

Condolence from Michael Elwood on April 3rd, 2019 10:00 pm

To one of the most influential educators in my life…my sincere condolences to family.

Condolence from Sanit Sauv on April 4th, 2019 4:25 pm

Our deepest condolences to your family during this difficult time. What a beautiful video and tribute to your father.

Love, Kristin Scott and Sanit Sauv (Traci’s coworkers)

Condolence from Linda Gregory on April 6th, 2019 8:02 pm

So sorry for your loss. I will never forget the influence Mike had on my son, Kevin Gregory. We all loved Mr. Gayle

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