George Gayle

George "Willie" Gayle Jr.

Friday, October 19th, 1951 - Wednesday, October 16th, 2019
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67 of Dayton, passed away October 16, 2019. He was born on October 19, 1951 in Mathews, Virginia. He was preceded in death by his parents George W. Gayle, Sr. and Margaret Ward Gayle. Willie proudly earned his Bachelor of Science in Education from Virginia Tech in 1974. He then taught in Maracaibo, Venezuela from 1974-1976. He earned his Master of Science at University of Wisconsin La Crosse and the degree of Doctor of Philosophy at The Ohio State University. He met his ‘brothers for life’ at Virginia Tech when he became a member of Pi Kappa Alpha. Their love and support meant the world to Willie. Dr. Gayle proudly taught adapted physical education at Wright State University for 30 years, retiring as Professor Emeritus in 2008. He tirelessly advocated for students with disabilities at the local, state, and national level. Thank you to all of Dr. Gayle’s students who are now teaching students with disabilities – please continue his legacy and advocacy for this population. During his early years at WSU, he coached the wheelchair basketball team, winning 2 national championships. Willie was a longtime member of Miami Valley Golf Club where he met great friends who loved the game as much as he did. Willie was proud to spearhead efforts that gained National Register of Historic Places status for MVGC as well as establishing the Golf Museum of the Miami Valley. Willie was a longtime member of the Golf Collectors Society where he met others who loved antique golf clubs and memorabilia. Willie also loved his Grafton Hill neighborhood and neighbors and worked tirelessly to make it a great place to live while lovingly renovating their 1902 home. Willie loved attending WSU Raiders basketball games and proudly wore the Green and Gold everywhere.

Willie is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Susan; sister Patricia (John) Sankey of Richmond, Virginia; brother-in-law Forrest (Bonnie) Barr of Jamestown.

Susan would like to thank Dr. Joel Vandersluis and Kim Myers CNP fortheir care over the last 5 years. She would also like to thank the entire staff at Symphony at Centerville for their care and kindness during Willie’s residence there. She also thanks Home Instead and Graceworks for their assistance, expertise and care.

Visitation will be held 2-5 PM Saturday, October 19, 2019 at Baker Hazel & Snider Funeral Home, 5555 Philadelphia Dr., Dayton OH 45415. Services and Burial to be held in Mathews, Virginia at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Willie’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association or to the charity closest to your heart. Online memories and condolences may be made to the family at
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    Saturday, October 19th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Saturday, October 19th, 2019 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Baker-Hazel & Snider Funeral Home & Crematory


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Diane Craft

Posted at 06:54pm
To the Family of Willie Gayle,
I send my deepest condolences to you all.
Both Willie and I were professors of adapted physical education - he at Wright State and I at SUNY Cortland. Our work on common projects through the NCPERID and other adapted organizations meant we often spoke by phone or in person at meetings between the mid 1980s and throughout the 1990s into the early 2000s. I knew Willie as a tireless advocate for individuals with disabilities who contributed his keen intellect and years of hard work to bring several national projects to fruition. I regularly used the adapted aquatic book that he co-authored with Monica Lepore and Shaun Stevens. His work on the APENS is a lasting contribution. Willie was an energetic, humorous, and helpful colleague who was always there is lend a hand and offer encouragement. I remember him with great respect and fondness.
Diane Craft

Rick Shiverdecker

Posted at 04:49pm
Memorable people will be remembered. Willie Gayle was certainly a person you knew was there when he was there. Willie was not a period. A small insignificant speck signifying a stop. A reluctance to continue on. Nor was he a confused, uncertain question mark. Willie was a exclamation point! The highest stroke before escaping on a keyboard! A mark added to a sentence, word or event! Scream, tremble or rejoice do something other than sit there on your thumbs! Willie was that kind of a guy! I will from now on when seeing an exclamation point - think of Willie standing erect with arms held above his head bellowing a rallying cry !!!

Carol Ambrose Fifer

Posted at 03:55pm
So sorry to hear this. Willie was our neighbor in Richmond Va growing up in Lawndale Farms. Our thoughts & prayers are with his family at this sad time. Carol Ambrose Fifer

Raymond Mansfield

Posted at 04:36pm
Willie was my friend in high school and college and was a fraternity brother in Pi Kappa Alpha at Virginia Tech. I will always remember his smile and sense of humor...and will always remember him as a skinny kid with the blond bowl cut haircut. RIP dear friend...his sophomore high school pic says it all....

D. J. Cameron

Posted at 02:58pm
My sincere sympathy and condolences to Susan and family. Willie was a great mentor to me in Physical Education, as well as a friend, golfing buddy and WSU/College basketball fan. We enjoy great rides together going to see games, talking after golf and dinner. He was a great friend and person, who always had a listening ear and kind thought. RIP my friend, going to miss seeing your enthusiastic smile and intellectual discussions. May your memorial be eternal. Hitt"em straight up there.
Always in Friends your friend: D. J. Cameron

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