Gary Wayne Pauley

Born in Charleston, WV on December 12, 1942

Departed on September 13, 2020 and resided in Madison, TN

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Gary Wayne Pauley, 77, of Madison, passed away Sunday September 13, 2020. Born December 12, 1942 in Charleston, West Virginia, he was the son of the late Oliver Wendell Pauley and Ada Pearl Young Pauley. Gary graduated from Elkview High School, Elkview, WV and later entered the United States Air Force serving at Sheppard Air Force Base, Wichita Falls, TX. A carpenter and builder by trade, he had worked in and around Northern Virginia for many years. A giver and social person, Gary loved being around others and doing whatever he could for them. He was proud to have been a member and sponsor of AA for many years and truly had helped many others over those years. Among the things he enjoyed were Nascar and the passion he had for motorcycles and riding. He had completely restored a 1977 Harley Davidson Ironhead Sportster in recent years. Gary is survived by his son Gary “Wayne” Pauley II; two sisters, Norma Morgan and Kay Kennedy; as well as extended family and many friends. Visitation and a celebration of Gary’s life will be held Tuesday, October 6, 2020 from 4 to 7 PM at Cole & Garrett Funeral Home Goodlettsville, TN. Military honors will be rendered at 5:30 PM. Inurnment will be held Saturday October 10th at 2:00 PM at Elk Hills Memorial Gardens, Big Chimney, WV. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a to The Serenity House, 102 Harris St., Madison, TN 37115 If you are so inclined to send flowers, we would ask that it be in the form of something we can plant in a memorial garden.

21 Comments to Gary Wayne Pauley

  1. Kathryn Sieh
    October 2, 2020 5:49 pm

    Uncle Gary. I will miss you so much. I loved listening to all of your stories and your laughter.

  2. Lynn Ritz Witte
    October 3, 2020 12:38 pm

    Lived beside Gary growing up and enjoyed being friends with him and his family. Prayers for the family as you grieve his passing.

  3. Gary Givens
    October 3, 2020 12:39 pm

    Sorry for your loss.

  4. Norma Copenhaver Simms
    October 3, 2020 2:12 pm

    Sorry to hear the passing of Gary, went to school with him.

  5. Ellen Anderson
    October 3, 2020 3:30 pm

    I’m so sad to hear about Garys death. I’ve known him since the 80’s and always loved his kind, generous soul. My sympathy to his son, and family. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him in Northern Virginia, including me!

  6. Wes and Donna King
    October 3, 2020 4:10 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss. Wes and Gary were such good friends for years. Prayers of comfort for all of you🙏

  7. Tom Fey
    October 3, 2020 4:44 pm

    Wayne Pauley I’m so sorry buddy. Prayers to to and your family love ya

  8. Marjorie Knight
    October 3, 2020 8:37 pm

    I have fond memories of Gary over the past 30 plus years and am sorry to hear of his passing. Thinking of you and your family at this sad time and hoping you know what a significant impact Gary’s life had on many of us.

  9. Dottie (Smith) Melton
    October 3, 2020 8:57 pm

    So sorry to hear of the passing of Gary. Went to school with him at Elkview.

  10. Jim Kennedy
    October 4, 2020 1:31 am

    So sorry for your loss. We shared a lot of good memories. RIP Brother

  11. Christopher Dickerman
    October 4, 2020 2:24 am

    Travel well and happy old friend. Love ya’.

  12. Jim Money
    October 4, 2020 9:51 am

    I have known Gary over 30 years. Eternal Memory…

  13. Lisa Duryea
    October 4, 2020 4:31 pm

    Sleep silent Dear One
    as you cross the river over to Glory Land
    Be with the Angels
    As are you
    Gary, you were my Friend and a Father Figure to my Son and I. You will be missed
    Love to you Wayne and Your Family
    Lisa and Travis Duryea

  14. Greg Ed
    October 4, 2020 5:35 pm

    I’ve known Gary for quite some time when he lived in NoVA. I even worked on that Sportster. Always a kind man that I will dearly miss. Sorry for your loss.

  15. Robin Newhouse
    October 5, 2020 2:36 pm

    I was so sad to hear of Gary’s passing. Gary and my daddy were best of friends and cousins down the line I believe. Gary was by my side when my daddy Keith passed away. Fly high Gary and tell my daddy hello. Much love to the family.

  16. Jenny McNeely
    October 5, 2020 4:22 pm

    So sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. He was my friend from 1964 til present. He’ll be missed by many. A great guy and such a good friend. May God grant you comfort and understanding

  17. Fred P
    October 5, 2020 9:28 pm

    Gary and I were “sober buddies” for a good many years here in NoVa. He was always willing to help, and he was a talented worker. I felt a sense of loss when he moved to TN, and now I feel it more so. Travel well, Gary.

  18. Cathy McClung
    October 6, 2020 9:36 am

    Gary, you will be missed by many! So sorry Wayne, for the loss of your Dad, I know there’s a hurt in your heart that words will not help, but know you are thought of and will be in my prayers! Love you as always, Cathy ❤️🙏

  19. Rhonda Braley Campbell
    October 6, 2020 10:05 am

    I am so sorry for your loss, friend. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

  20. Penny Boykin Randolph
    October 8, 2020 8:43 am

    So sorry for your loss, The family lived right next door to my grandparents on New Hope for as long as I can remember. My deepest sympathy for the family.

  21. Jami and Family
    October 8, 2020 11:14 pm

    So sorry for your loss bub. You are in my thoughts and prayers always 🙏🏻💙😘

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