In loving Memory
Charles Wesley Gaylord Jr.
Sunrise: February 19, 1954 - Sunset: September 16, 2010
Tuesday September 28, 2010
New Beginning Highway Church of Christ
3100 West North Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21216
Officiator- Elder David Hickson
Eulogizer- Bishop Jimmy C. Thompson Sr.
Ecclesiastes 3:2 A time to be born, a time to live and a time to die………
His Life’s Story
Charles “Wesley” Gaylord Jr. was born to Charles Wesley Gaylord Sr. and
Rosetta Gaylord, on February 19, 1954 at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore
“Wesley” (Charles) as he was affectionately known by to his family and friends
attended Rutland Elementary no.149 and by the time he reached the sixth grade
he was begin bused to school no. 298 in Baltimore City. “Wesley” (Charles) was
one of the first African American students to be bused to a Caucasian school
which began the era of desegregation and ending segregation in public schools
system in Baltimore City Md.. He attended Clifton Junior High School, and
graduated from Forest Park Senior in 1972.
After graduating from high school, He joined the Navy under the “buddy
system” with his two best friends, “Arnold” and “Mark”. He served as an
electronics technician for fourteen years in the Navy and after leaving the Navy;
he decided to further his education and enrolled in San Diego City College
where he received his Associates Degree in Electronics.
“Wesley”(Charles) always had a entrepreneurial spirit. And, at the age of
thirteen, he had his own newspaper route delivering the Afro American
Newspaper to his neighbors and community. “Wesley” (Charles) had several
hobbies and as a young boy he began collecting baseball cards, playing with his
racing car sets and building antique cars and model airplanes. He began learning
how to play chess with his father at the age of eight and he became an avid chess
player. He played chess with his family and friends whenever he had some spare
time. He also enjoyed writing and sharing his poetry with his family and friends.
He established a career as an electronics technician while living in San Diego
California after his naval career. Wesley moved back to Baltimore City, Maryland in
1993 where he was an entrepreneur for several years as an electronic technician. In
1996 he began working at the United States Postal Service in Baltimore City, Md.
Upon his returned to San Diego, California in1998 he continued to work at the
United Postal Service until his death.
“Wesley’s” (Charles) mother and grandmothers were devout and faithful
Christians and he knew the Lord at an early age. He was a member of Highway
Church of Christ under the leadership of the late Bishop Fred Page. When he
moved to San Diego California, he joined Bayview Baptist Church in 1986 where
he worked in the tape ministry. He was faithful member until his death.
“Wesley “(Charles) met his wife, Charlene Thomas while he was in Navy, and
they were joined together in holy matrimony on April 18, 1986. They renewed
their wedding vows on May 27, 2006 after twenty years of marriage. Although
he never had any biological children, he became a father to his wife’s four
children, Tameka, Nathan, Michael and Lucita from Gary Indiana.
Charles, affectionately known as “Wesley” by all his family and friends will be
missed by all who loved him. He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife
Charlene Gaylord, four children, Nathan, Tamika, Michael and Lucita from
Gary Indiana, eight, grandchild, and one great grandchild, his father, Charles
Wesley Gaylord Sr., his loving mother Rosetta Gaylord, six sisters, Rosetta
Johnson , Cynthia Clark, Charzetta Gaylord, Siehan White, Nelrocha Gross, and
Paulette Sullivan, five brothers, Donnell Gaylord who preceded him in death,
Jerry Gaylord, Solomon Gaylord, James Gaylord, Daniel Gaylord, four Brother -
in-laws Shawn White, Arthur Sullivan , Arnold Clark, Walter Thomas Jr. five
sister-in laws, Zakia Gaylord, Wanda Gaylord, Sandra Lewis, Gloria Thomas,
Lette Thomas, one uncle, Jerry Gaylord, three aunts, Jean Gaylord, Grace Neil,
Delores Gaylord; eighteen nieces, Natisha, Lashore, Joevona, Davina, Jewel,
Taivona, Amber (Goddaughters), Jessica, Tarsha, Brittany, Shakita, Hannah,
Elizabeth, Iman , Sarah, Lavona, Tiffany, Alivia,; fourteen nephews, Richard,
Vantoy, Rafael, Ryan, Deshawn, Nigel, Shawn, Brendan, Jabari, James Jr.,
Cortley, Charles, Meredith, Brian, his(best friend) Arnold Clark ,And host of
great nieces and nephew, cousin, and friends
Order of Service
Elder David Hickson ……………………Officiating
Opening Hymn……New Beginning Highway Church of Church Choir
Old Testament Scripture……Ecclesiastes 3:11-13- Hannah Woodard
New Testament Scripture…. John 14:1-3 Kenneth Flight
Prayer………………………… Pastor Jean Gaylord
Reflections/Words of Comfort…………… (2 Minute please)
Family tribute………………………Jerry Gaylord
Acknowledgements……………… Cynthia Clark
Selection…… New Beginning Highway Church of Church Choir
Obituary…………………… Corey Rhames
Eulogy………………… Bishop Jimmie C. Thompson Sr.
Pastor of The New Beginning Highway Church of Christ
Recessional: Repast will be held upstairs at New Beginning Highway
Church of Christ immediately following the memorial service.
A Mother’s Prayer
I pray you'll be my eyes, And watch him where he goes
And help him to be wise, Help me to let go
Every mother's prayer, Every child knows
Lead him to a place, Guide him with your grace
To a place where he'll be safe, I pray he finds your light
And holds it in his heart, As darkness falls each night
Remind him where you are, Every mother's prayer
Every child knows, Need to find a place
Guide him with your grace, Give him faith so he'll be safe
Lead him to a place, Guide him with your grace
To a place where he'll be safe, May your spirit soar in freedom
From the fears that gripped so tight, May you find the peace your
Searched for, As you wandered, lost, in the night.
May your tortured mind be clear and calm, And your tender heart be
warm. May you have no need for strength now. May there ne'er be
another storm. May the music of the angels be the sweet sounds that you
hear. As you're rocked in Heaven's cradle, May you ne'er shed another
I'll wear your memory proudly, My Big Brother...my true friend.
May my love for you reach Heaven above, Until we meet again.
Jerry, James, Solomon and Daniel Gaylord
B is for the Bond, that we shall always share
R is for the Rock that you were, when you showed that you cared
O is for all of the Obstacles that you, had to face
T is for the Tender mercies of all of GODs grace
H is for the love you gave us, from your Heart
E is for Every memory of you, while we are apart
R is for Remembering, all the good time we’ve had
So sleep on my Brother, we won’t be sad, because of the love we shared,
we’ll all be glad,
When we meet with you again, on the other side, We’ll forget that we even
Rest in peace Big Brother you will truly be missed
But you are with God because your name was on His list
Your Loving Sisters,
Cynthia, Rosetta, Charzetta, Siehan, Nelrocha and Paulette
The Gaylord family would like to extend our heart-felt thanks to our nature
family, our church families, friends and well- wishers during this time. We
cannot express with words the love and kindness that has been show to the
family. We could not have accomplished the mission without each and
every one of you. Know that we are eternally grateful. May God forever
bless and keep you.