Gayle W. Field, Sr., 77, loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, of Charleston, passed away April 3, 2013, at home after a long illness. He was born September 1, 1935, in Charleston, W.Va., to the late Rannie Lee Sr. and Roxie Bell Field, both of Charleston.
Gayle graduated from Charleston High School and joined the US Navy at the age of 17 and served in the Korean Conflict. He was on board two Fletcher Class destroyers, The USS Warrington and USS Eaton. His rate was Boiler Tender Second Class, Petty Officer Second Class. He loved sharing his adventures with friends and family.
He was a 32 degree Mason and a member of the Masonic Lodge Kanawha 20, Scottish Rite Grand Lodge of WV, A.F. & A.M He was retired from the Dougherty Co. Inc., as a Union Sheet Metal Worker, Supervisor, Local 33. In October 2012, he received recognition for 50 years of continuous good standing and service with Local 33. He was a former owner of Field’s Amaco Service Station on 50th and MacCorkle Ave, Kanawha City, where he spent many long nights preparing his car, “The Little Henry” for his drag racing on Sunday afternoons. His hard work paid off and received numerous trophies and set a track record at East Bend, N.C., a quarter mile track in 13 seconds, 106 miles per hour in 1963. Gayle was very talented with many skills ranging from repairing antique clocks, restoring antique furniture, as well as classic automobiles and received multiple trophies for the cars he restored. His latest project was a beautiful 1933 Plymouth Coupe.
Surviving, loving wife of 51 years, Nancy Peal Field; daughter, Joni McDermott of N.C.; son, Scott Field of Germany; step-son, Thomas “Eddie” Markham of Port Orange, Fla.; daughter, Robin Rutherford of South Ridge; son, Gayle Field, Jr. of Charleston; brother, Rannie Lee (June) Field, Jr. of Ga.; sister, Barbara Barron of North Charleston; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two nieces; two nephews and his loyal companion, “Muffin.”
Service will be 1 p.m. Monday, April 8, at Good Shepherd Mortuary, South Charleston with Pastor Jack Henry officiating. Burial will be in Graceland Memorial Park, South Charleston with graveside rites performed by Masonic Lodge Kanawha 20. Friends may call two hours prior to the service at the mortuary.
Gayle will be sadly missed and will continue to be loved and admired by his family and friends. This world lost a wealth of knowledge when we lost our “hero.” A special thanks goes to Janet and Amber of HospiceCare and to Crystal Porter, caregiver and special friend.