The Obit For Gip Gayle

John Gipson "Gip" Gayle

Published in The Advocate on February 3, 2011

A resident of Baton Rouge, he died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011. He was 87, a native of Centreville, Miss., and a U.S. Army veteran.

Visiting at Rabenhorst Funeral Home, 825 Government St., on Friday, Feb. 4, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., with a service conducted by his family at 7:30 p.m.

A private graveside service will be held at Oaklawn Cemetery in Centreville.

Survived by daughters, Jeanette and Camille LaRussa; sons, Richard and Beth Gayle, of Atlanta; sister, Edith Neyland; and four grandchildren, Jamille and GeorgeAnn LaRussa, and Gip and Taylor Gayle.

Preceded in death by his wife, Helen Gayle. He attended Catholic High School, where he was a member of the football, baseball and boxing teams. An AAU Southern Golden Gloves champion, he fought in the National Golden Gloves in Chicago. From 1945 to 1951, Gip played minor league baseball in the Southern, Carolina and Texas leagues; he was also a proud player of the Baton Rouge Red Sticks.

Our many thanks to our loving friends at The Haven. Your special care of Dad was an absolute Godsend. Bless you all!

Special thanks also to Baton Rouge Hospice for handling Dad's final days with such compassion. We are so thankful!