Edward W. “Boogam” Gayle

Edward W. “Boogam” Gayle, 68, passed away peacefully at home, with his wife and daughters by his side, on Saturday, September 10, 2022.

A native of Newport News, Ed was a graduate of Newport News High School, class of 1972. He was a hardworking self-taught Marine Electrician and had worked as an Electrical Supervisor at Lyon Shipyard for 30 years. He loved NASCAR, the Dallas Cowboys and his yellow Corvette.

Ed was preceded in death by his parents Nellie M. Gayle and Edward W. Gayle, Sr., sister Glenda Thomas and brother Robert Biggers.

Ed was a beloved husband, father and Papa and is survived by his wife of 49 years Deborah B. Gayle; daughters Angela G. Mitchell (Torrey) of Newport News, Kathy G. Bandy (HL) of Smithfield, and Crystal G. Duckworth (Clint) of Charleston, SC; sister Debbie Ramos (Rafael) of Williamsburg; three brothers Hugh Seay, Wayne Seay, both of Calera, AL and Jody Gayle of Newport News. Ed is also survived by his eleven grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, September 13, 2022 at Peninsula Funeral Home from 6:00-7:30 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, September 14, 2022 at 12:00 p.m., by Dr. Nadine Knowlin. The burial will follow in Peninsula Memorial Park and the family will also receive visitors at home after the services have concluded.


  1. Nancy

    I would have never thought you would be gone you were like a father figure to me and you know that I love you so much and I knew how much you love me and treated me like your own daughter and I’m gonna miss you so much. Until we all can meet up and be that family again May you rest in peace

  2. Bonnie Duckworth

    I am so sorry you are experienced this loss. I will always remember meeting him for the first time at Darlington race track. He joined me and my friends infield and fit right in. I will always see him with that yellow Corvette. And remember the kindness he and your family showed us when we lost Chris. Gods Grace, Peace and Love.

  3. J.B. Davidson retired

    I had the opportunity to work with Ed at Lyon Shipyard the 30 years he was there. My heart goes out to his family at this time. May you rest in peace my friend.

  4. Debbie & Rafael Ramos

    To Debbie, Angie, Kathy, Crystal and all your families,

    We are so sad for the loss of your husband, dad and papa. Your memories will keep him close in your hearts. Praying for God’s peace and comfort for you all during this difficult time.

    So thankful that you are at peace dear brother.

  5. Deborah Gayle

    Tonight we came together to celebrate you and to show just how much you were loved by so many. I’m already missing you so much, I know you said prior to being unable to communicate for me to continue to live and be happy, you’ll always be here with me and don’t dwell on what was but rejoice in what is. Although you didn’t use those exact words we knew each others language. I’ll do my best to be happy and continue to live but a big part of me went with you. Until we see each other again, I love you Boogam , your wife forever

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