In memoriam: David Gayle, sophomore, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences

David Gayle

David Gayle

BLACKSBURG, Va., Sept. 28, 2010 – David Campbell Gayle, 19, of Norfolk, passed away unexpectedly in Blacksburg, VA, on Saturday, September 25, 2010.

He was a 2009 graduate of Norfolk Collegiate School, where he was an outstanding student and athlete. He was a sophomore at Virginia Tech where he studied Political Science and planned to attend Law School. Dave, his dad, Don and uncle Nick were avid hunters and fishermen. He shot his first bear at the age of 13.

He is survived by his parents, Dr. Robert G.(Bob) and Kim Gayle. He leaves behind his brother Donald Ross Gayle and his girlfriend Rebecca Golding, his brother, Robert William (Billy) Gayle, his sister, Laura Hadley Gayle, maternal grandmother, Evelyne Campbell Parker, paternal grandfather, Brigadier General Gordon Donald Gayle, USMC (Ret), aunts, Susan Gayle Barnes, Odette Louise Campbell, Sonila Silva Campbell, Katherine Decker Gayle and Melody Campbell, uncles, Michael A. Gayle, Dutch Campbell and Doug Campbell and cousins, Matthew, Emily, Anne, Stephen, Sarah, Jamie, Chuck, Brittany, Chad, Katie, Douglas and Taylor. In addition, he leaves behind his beloved uncle Nick and aunt Helene, their children Nicki and Andrea; loving girlfriend of three years, Liz Moody and her family Will, Claire and Mac and many friends who have become a part of our family. He was predeceased by his grandfather, Frederick Hadley Campbell, Jr. and grandmother, Katherine Frank Gayle.

A funeral service will be conducted Friday at 1 PM at First Presbyterian Church, Norfolk with Rev. Jim Gates officiating. The burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home Tidewater Drive Chapel Thursday from 6 to 8 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Norfolk Collegiate School in memory of David C. Gayle. Condolences may be offered to the family at

The family would like to personally thank the Blacksburg Police Dept. and the EMT’s at Montgomery Regional Medical Center, Blacksburg for trying to save our son. 

The above information was provided by the Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home.

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