Rev. William Harley Gayton, 71, of Adairsville, left this world on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012, to rest in the arms of Abraham. He died peacefully at his home, surrounded by his children, after a brief illness.
Born April 17, 1941, in Acworth, he was a son of the late Silas Gayton and the late Alma Segars Gayton. Rev. Harley Gayton was a member of Clear Creek Baptist Church and had served as a pastor for many years at different churches in the area. He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Gayton; a daughter, Angela Gayton; and a brother, Rev. Gene Gayton.
Survivors include his daughters, Tracy Shinall and her husband Tony and Kelly Gayton and Welby Archer; son, Michael Gayton and his wife Holly; beloved granddaughters, Angie and Abby Gayton, all of Adairsville; sisters, JoAnn King and husband Joe, of Cartersville, and Peggy Allen and her husband Leslie of North Carolina; sister-in-law, Hazel Gayton of Warner Robins; several nieces and nephews; and special family friends, Almer and Rachel Hazelwood.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 4, at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of Parnick Jennings Funeral Home with the Rev. James Parham and the Rev. David Baker officiating. Interment will follow in Zion Hill Baptist Church Cemetery. The family received friends Monday, Sept. 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Parnick Jennings Funeral Home & Cremation Services is honored to serve the family of Rev. Gayton. Please visit www.parnickjenningsfuneral.com to share your memories or leave a condolence message.