Charles Michael “Mike” Gayle

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. (

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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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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 .

  9. 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)

  10. 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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