Gayle Matthews Majors

June 30, 1954 - December 6, 2022

06/30/1954 - 12/06/2022

Past Services

Monday December 12, 2022
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home – Denbigh Chapel
12893 Jefferson Avenue
Newport News, VA 23608
(757) 874-4200 | Directions
Tuesday December 13, 2022
1:00 pm

Additional Information:

Fort Eustis Chapel, 923 Donnelson Place, Fort Eustis, Virginia 23604


Tuesday December 20, 2022
1:00 pm
Albert G. Horton Memorial Veteran Cemetery
5310 Milners Rd.
Suffolk, VA 23434
757-255-7217 | Directions

Gayle Matthews Majors, 68 of Newport News, Virginia, passed away peacefully on December 6, 2022. 

Gayle was born on June 30th, 1954, to Emmett and Hortense Watson Matthews in Richmond, Virginia. 

Attending church services with her family at Mount Sinai Baptist Church, Gayle accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior at an early age. Loving the Lord, she continued her earlier spiritual journey by attending Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church and First Baptist Church of Richmond, Virginia as well as Little Zion Baptist in Williamsburg, Virginia.  She served in the choir and on the Usher Board and other church auxiliaries, as needed. Gayle was a member of New Beech Grove Baptist Church in Newport News, VA where she served on the Deaconess Board.  She completed her earthly service to the Lord as a faithful member of the Transportation Corps Regimental Memorial Chapel where she served on the Hospitality Committee.

Gayle was among the first students to integrate Huguenot High School. After graduating from Huguenot in 1972, she went on to study in the field of education at Virginia State College (University). After graduating with a degree in special education, she began her first job with Head Start in Williamsburg, kickstarting a 40 plus year career in education. 

Gayle met the love of her life, Curtiss Eugene Majors at Yorktown Beach, Virginia in 1981. They married July 1st, 1983. Their holy union produced two beautiful daughters, Ebony Majors and Brittany Majors Garrett.  Gayle’s greatest joy was the birth of her first granddaughter, Journi.

Around 2016, Gayle retired from Newport News Public Schools and enjoyed spending her time with her family, shopping, attending church and Bible Study Fellowship (BSF). 

Her many accomplishments included being one of the first African American models for Miller & Rhoads and Thalhimers Department Stores while attending high school. She had an exceptional flair for fashion.  During her later years, she was named the Newport News’ Teacher of the Year for the 2002 – 2003 school year. 

Gayle was well loved, cherished, and respected by the young and old.  She had an infectious personality and a gift for storytelling.  She would tell a story that would keep you on the edge of your seat waiting for the conclusion.  She was well loved by children due to her cheerful disposition.  She was always singing, dancing, or sharing some personal tidbit about the child or their parent. Her nieces and nephews thought the world of her.  She seemed to always “talk their language” or give them sound advice.

As far as her career in working with children, she left an impressive legacy. Her commitment, fortitude, sincerity, and generosity touched the lives of many children within school settings.  She enjoyed sharing heartwarming stories of students and was lovingly remembered by former students and parents years after the children moved on. 

Gayle was also extremely generous.  She literally would give you the “dress” off her back if you said that you liked it.  She unselfishly shared with others, as she worried about people going without.  

Gayle was predeceased by her parents, Emmett and Hortense Matthews. She leaves to celebrate her life her husband of 39 years, Curtiss E. Majors, daughters Ebony Majors (Fiancé Tim DeBerry), Brittany Majors Garrett (Tim), granddaughter Journi Garrett, sisters Joyce Watson (G. Lewis), Patricia Radcliffe (Glenn), and a host of family and friends. 



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De'Vonte Owens
1 month ago

My deepest condolences to the Majors family. Mrs. Gayle Majors was the one of my 6th grade teacher at Hines Middle School over 16 years ago. She was a gentle kind and a wonderful person. I taught with her in a special class. May God give her peace.

Brandon Baksh
3 months ago

I am sending my deepest condolences to the family.

Terri McDavid
3 months ago

Ebony, please accept condolences from my Family and I. I never met your Beautiful Mother but I can tell how amazing she was because of your beautiful personality. I pray for comfort and peace as well as God’s love to surround your Family and give you much needed strength at this difficult time. May her Beautiful soul live on forever in your memories and hearts.

The McDavid’s

LaTasha Kennard
3 months ago

I send my deepest condolences to the family. It was a great honer to have met such a beautiful woman.
May Mrs. Gayle RIH

Bob & Robbie Steele
3 months ago

When Robbie and I heard of the passing of Gayle, our hearts ached. We had grown to know her and to love her for the kind, considerate, compassionate person that she was. We met her through the Fort Eustis Chapel where we attended services. We would talk with her at every opportunity because we were so impressed by her show of grit and determination, her courage and toughness in preparing herself to attend Chapel every Sunday, being hooked up to that large oxygen tank and never once uttering any words of pain or despair. She blessed our lives immensely and it is now our earnest prayer that she rest in peace with her Heavenly Father.

3 months ago

Curtiss, Ebony and Brittany my mouth has no words to express my condolences to you at this time. My heart goes out to you all and the family. I know how much Gayle loved her family. One thing mom did leave you all with is memories. Cherish the memories, smile with the memories and cry with the memories. She will be missed. Her legacy lives on.

3 months ago

Curtiss, Ebony, and Brittany- Gayle is a beautiful spirit and will be missed dearly. The words written about her are so loving and true- especially the storytelling having you on the edge of your seat (lol). The love I received from her as a child – then into adulthood -she also poured that into my children. May the grace of God continue to keep you, send you comfort even when you don’t realize you need it, and give you supernatural peace. Kayla, Xavier, and I send love to you all! #majors4

Mr. & Mrs. Baskerville
3 months ago

John 11:25-26: “Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:

26 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?”

We trust that you do. God bless you all.

The Baskerville Family

Shelba Davis
3 months ago

Gayle will be missed she was great sister-in-law. My prayers go out to my brother and his girls love you all

Tamiko Miller
3 months ago

Ebony, words can’t express how much Maurice and I love you. My heart and prayers are with you , my brother and the family. I read all of the wonderful expressions about your mom I see where you get you warm caring spirit from, keep that as she would want you too. Lessons from you mother are now considered precious memories that you hold dear to your heart to use through out life’s journey. Hold on to the Lord he will never fail you❤️