Gayle Norton Hornsby

Born in Fulton County, Georgia on September 13, 1933

Departed on June 25, 2016 and resided in Hendersonville, Tennessee

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Age 82 of Hendersonville, went to be with the Lord on June 25, 2016. She was born in Fulton County, GA on September 13, 1933 to the late Roy and Alma Norton and had a brother, Bruce Alton Norton. She married her childhood sweetheart on March 21, 1953 and remained married a little over 60 years when her husband, Jim, passed away in May of 2013.
She was a woman of faith and was a devoted member of First Baptist Church of Hendersonville. As a young woman she was a wonderful homemaker who raised two amazing children. Later in life she wrote for the Hendersonville Free Press and also for the Hendersonville Star News. She was best known for her weekly article, Gayle’s Tales. She was a highly successful real estate agent for Dobson & Johnson, Caldwell Bankers, and Remax Properties. Throughout her life she had many achievements, but her most recent award was the Lifetime Achievement and Honorary Award from The National League American Pen Women of which she was an active member for several decades. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend who will be deeply missed.
She was blessed to have her son, Joseph R. Hornsby; daughter, Gina Hornsby Deakins; grandchildren, Eric Bryan, Tiffany Hornsby, Emily Love (Chris), Anna Lambert (Terry), Alex Hornsby, and Chloe Bryan; great-grandchildren, Heaven, Boston, London, Scarlett, Iris, and Knox.
A celebration of her life will be held at 3 pm on Wednesday at Hendersonville Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held at 1 pm on Saturday at Westview Cemetery in Atlanta, GA. Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 4-8 pm and on Wednesday from 1-3 pm at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Hendersonville First Baptist Church Benevolence Fund.

9 Comments to Gayle Norton Hornsby

  1. Thomas Lawrence
    June 27, 2016 12:48 pm


    Sorry for your loss. Well-written testimony of your mom’s life. Quite an accomplished Christian. Prayers to you and your family.


    Tom Lawrence

  2. Lonna Hines
    June 27, 2016 5:19 pm

    Remembering your wonderful Mother and wishing you comfort. Lonna Hines, Clayburn and Marguerite Hines

    June 28, 2016 10:31 am

    Gayle was such an outgoing,lovely lady. Worked with her at Free Press and enjoyed her enthusiasm and always had a wonderful smile for everyone. Heaven has indeed welcomed a beautiful angel. God bless all of her family knowing she brought joy to all those around her.

  4. Rebecca and Bob Vanderpool
    June 29, 2016 4:13 pm

    Gayle was such a wonderful person. I knew her when I worked at Citizens Bank of Hville. She always brought a smile and we were all laughing when she left. A lovely Lady that loved Hendersonville and always represented the city with a smile.

  5. Jennifer
    June 29, 2016 8:10 pm

    I’m very sorry I wasn’t able to come by. I’m blessed for having known both of your parents

  6. Lauri & Edgar Struble
    June 29, 2016 8:31 pm

    Wish I could have been there to honor a most amazing lady that made a difference in our life for sure. What an example of God’s love Gayle lived out. She was truly a blessing! Sending hugs and prayers from CA

  7. Claudia Viken
    June 30, 2016 2:41 pm

    I was so sad to read of Gayle’s passing. When I saw her smiling photo, I could almost hear that wonderful, deep, throaty laugh. I worked with Gayle at the Hendersonville Free Press and was honored to be her friend. She was a wonderful writer and many Hendersonvillians looked forward to her weekly Gayle’s Tales column. I still can’t eat grits without thinking of her famous “grit balls” column. Ever the optimist, Gayle had convinced her young children that those lumpy balls in the grits were really “prizes.” Her kids were delighted when they found the prizes in their grits. Gayle got away with it for a while until her mother-in-law spilled the beans: grits aren’t supposed to have balls. She will be missed. My good thoughts are with Joe and Gina and the rest of her family.

  8. Sally Meador
    July 1, 2016 4:21 pm

    When I read of Gayle’s passing, I was so sad, but I also knew that she and Jim were together in God’s heaven, and they were both well and glad that all their pain was gone.

    Gayle was such a special person, and a great realtor to boot! I will always remember her riding around in her car at Christmas time with her life-sized stuffed Santa Claus. She was a person who was so full of joy and she had a smile for everyone she met. My sympathy goes out to all her family members…I know that she will be greatly missed.

    God bless you all,

    Sally Meador

  9. Carl Beal
    July 3, 2016 9:27 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss.
    Best Regards,
    Carl & Susie Beal

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