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Gayle Edith Jacobs

November 24, 1945 - September 21, 2021

Gayle Edith Jacobs, 75, of Lynchburg, Virginia, formerly of Johnson City, Tennessee, and Poughkeepsie, NY, passed away Tuesday, September 21, 2021. She was the devoted wife of the late Roger Thompson Jacobs.

Gayle was born November 24, 1945, in Albany, New York the daughter of the late Arthur Hein and Agnes Bradt Hein. Gayle was retired as a librarian and was a member of Grace Fellowship Church in Johnson City, TN. She enjoyed traveling, volunteering, and hosting events at her home.

She is survived by a son Steve P. Jacobs and his wife Christy of Forest, VA and a daughter Susan L. Jacobs of Marlboro, NY, and three grandchildren: Hannah, Logan, and Tucker Jacobs.

The family will receive friends from 4:00 until 5:30 p.m. Friday, September 24, 2021, at Grace Fellowship Church.

A Celebration of Gayle’s Life will be held at 5:30 p.m. Friday, September 24, 2021, at Grace Fellowship Church with Pastor Rich Riesz officiating. The live stream link can be found at

In lieu of flowers please feel free to make donations to Samaritan’s Purse or to the American Red Cross.

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A Celebration of Gayle’s Life will be held at 5:30 p.m. Friday, September 24, 2021, at Grace Fellowship Church with Pastor Rich Riesz officiating.
The live stream link can be found at

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Gayle was awesome! She taught my classes for Stephens Ministry at Grace. She was part of the first group to test the Regeneration program and was my mentor and friend. She was a source of strength and faith as she lead me through some difficult parts of my life. She had lots of love, hope and Christ to give. She kept us up to date on Tucker so that we could pray for him and the family and delight in his successes. She loved her family and her Grace family and met people where they were. I am blessed to have had her friendship and will be full of joy in her memory until wr meet again! Prayers for comfort, peace and joy to all who will be missing her shining face, smile and love.

Posted by Patricia McCormack on September 26, 2021

Gayle was one of those exceptional individuals that one couldn't help but feeling honored to know. She had such a warm and gracious spirit and truly exhibited the utmost example of hospitality, love and an authentic care for all those she interacted with. I praise God for the testimony of her life and although we can rest assured she is in heaven with our Lord and Savior, we deeply mourn with her beloved family and friends, as they begin to navigate life without her. Praying for you Susan, Steve, Christy, Hannah, Logan, and Tucker. In Christ, Katherine Honea

Posted by Katherine Honea on September 24, 2021

I am sorry for your loss and am praying for your family. Mrs. Jacobs was my Pioneer Girl “Pal” when I was in elementary school in NY. She was also my school librarian (I still open new books the way she taught me). I am thankful for her godly influence and for the time she invested in mentoring me.

Posted by Christina on September 24, 2021

My memory of Gayle Jacobs here in East Tennessee is one of love and compassion. She opened her lovely home up to us ladies in Single Women of Grace (SWOG) on many occasions. She had a talented way of corralling the shy with the boisterous into a melting pot of sheer fun and delicious pot luck lunches. She had a keen eye for trouble in her fellow sisters and wide shoulders for an aching head. She was the most sincere, compassionate, loving, dedicated woman I have ever had the opportunity to know. She unconditionally loved God, family and her friends. While Gayle the body is gone from us, her spirit will be with all of us who knew and loved her. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.

Posted by Nina Holmes on September 24, 2021

Gayle has been a friend to our family and an inspiration to me for about 20 years. My Mom became friends with Gayle through the Single Women of Grace (SWOG), and they have shared quite a bit of life together. Over the years I’ve enjoyed the privilege of visiting several SWOG gatherings and seeing the Christian sisterhood and hearty laughter that Gayle fostered within the group. From time to time I would call her and ask if she could recommend a plumber, painter, electrician, mower, HVAC pro. She always had a trusted relationship to share with many kinds of people. A disaster would hit another state, and Gayle would go volunteer with the Red Cross. I’ve told my buddies, “When the Single Women of Grace pray for you, you can be sure that God will hear.” She was always so proud of her grown children and grandchildren. It was a pleasure to follow the photos on her wall and hear the special ways in which they were all growing. Gayle’s generosity, group-support skills, and humble faith continue to warm our hearts and inspire us. My heart aches for family and friends missing her company. She’s left us with so many memories. We can celebrate her life and the fact that her soul resides in heaven. God bless Gayle, her family and friends.

Posted by Blaine Honea on September 23, 2021

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