Gayle D. Urquhart

Published 11:31 am Friday, December 26, 2014

FRANKLIN—Gayle Davis Urquhart, 64, died on Dec. 20, 2014, at the home of her daughter in Charlottesville. By her side were her children, brothers, and sister.

Born in Front Royal, Virginia, to Methodist minister, John Edward Davis Jr. and Margaret Russell Davis, she was one of six children.

After graduating from Fort Defiance High School and attending Ferrum College, she moved to Virginia Beach and met the love of her life, Charles Fox Urquhart III, who predeceased her and waits no longer to dance with her forever.

Gayle moved to Courtland with Fox in 1974 and immediately became involved with the Hospital Auxiliary, Franklin Little Theatre, the Emmanuel Episcopal Church Women and Altar Guild, and the Franklin Junior Garden Club. She was a part of the PTA, joined the band trips and was an avid sports fan. Most recently, she served as president of the Franklin Garden Club, playing vital roles in the local garden tour and flower shows all around the state. She was heavily involved in her community at the Village and assisted with the recent Capital Campaign. When she wasn’t running around taking care of everyone else, she enjoyed Lunch Bunch and Book Club.

Faithful, generous and a lively spirit, Gayle will be missed by daughter Jill Urquhart Reed, wife Christie Reed of Charlottesville; son, James B. Urquhart, wife Melissa Eddleton Urquhart of Richmond; and her precious grandchildren, James Courtland Reed, Benjamin Harper Reed and Eleanor James Urquhart. Also surviving is a sister, Debbie D. Rogers, husband, Bob Rogers, of Atlanta, Georgia; brothers, Mark R. Davis, wife, Gina Edne Davis of Richmond, and James D. Davis, wife Millie Davis of Mount Sidney; sisters-in-law, Sharon Davis of Leesburg and Mary Louisa Urquhart Bryant of Cary, North Carolina; six nieces; four nephews; two great-nephews; one great-niece; her dear friends who tirelessly volunteered their time and love to care for her during her sudden illness, Janet Valliere of Wilmington, North Carolina, Betsy Brantley of Franklin and Brooke Key of Powhatan; and her sweet Mick who now lives with family friend Elliott Whitfield.

The memorial service will be at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 17, at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Franklin. The family will receive friends at a reception after the memorial service on Saturday. Memorial contributions in Gayle’s memory may be made to the Emmanuel Episcopal Church or the Garden Club of Virginia.

Wright Funeral Home is assisting the family.