Donald E. Gayler, age 83, passed away Monday, April 9, 2018, at Wellmont Select Specialty in Bristol, Tennessee.

 

He was born March 11, 1935, in Noel, Missouri, a son of the late Raymond Gayler and Lois Lancaster Gayler. He retired from the United States Army in 1975 after 23 years of service. He later retired as a salesman for Sears after 22 years of service. He served as director of the Glade Area Senior Citizens and was a volunteer at Glade Food Bank. He ran the Share Program for 15 years, was an avid reader, and a member of the American Legion.

 

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, Ron Gayler.

 

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Lois Gayler of Glade Spring, VA; two sisters, Shirley Vannoy and Sylvia Anderson, both of Oklahoma; an aunt, Margarette Warnick; a special nephew, Bill Gayler; three sisters-in-law, Evelyn Musselwhite and husband Robert, Carolyn Keesee, and Rita Colley; and several nieces and nephews.

 

Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 12, 2018, at 2:00 P.M. at Mt. Rose Mausoleum in Glade Spring, Virginia with Pastor Paul Griffith officiating. Entombment will follow the funeral service. Don’s request was that contributions be made to the Washington County Animal Shelter, 27252 Porter Lane, Abingdon, VA 24211.