YOUNGSTOWN — Mr. Alvin T. Gayles, 66, set his sights on Heaven, so on Wednesday, May 5, 2021, he headed to his new house.

Mr. Gayles, affectionately referred to as “Big Al,” was born Nov. 5, 1954, in Youngstown, a son of Rivers W. and Erma Jean Foster Gayles.

He was a 1972 graduate of North High School and a graduate of Youngstown State University, receiving his Bachelor of Arts diploma in accounting. He was additionally an authorized mechanical engineer and attended the American Diesel Training Center in Columbus.

Alvin had been employed for 10 years with Youngstown Sheet & Tube till its closing, at which period he grew to become a self-employed landscaper.

He was a member of Mount Zion Baptist Church, its trustee ministry and was the groundskeeper. He was a member of the NAACP.

Alvin loved sports activities, particularly soccer, and was an avid Cleveland Browns fan. He performed little league soccer for United Excavating for 3 years, highschool soccer and coached little league for the Northside Knights Little League Football workforce.

He additionally loved grilling and being together with his grandchildren and great-grandson, and liked Earth, Wind & Fire a lot in order that he had a set of all of their music.

He leaves to cherish his beloved reminiscences his daughter, Alisa (John) Forrester of Youngstown; 10 grandchildren, Marlecia, Jermia, Harmonie, John III, Justyna, Justyn, Heaven, Zarhiana, Jacey and Lartee; a great-grandson, Eu’Marri; his stepson, Gregory O. Davenport of Youngstown; two sisters, Jacqueline (Jerome) Miller of Youngstown and Francesca Gayles of Columbus; two nephews whom he reared, Jovan Gayles and Arzell Muldrow, each of Columbus; and a number of nieces, nephews, household, church household and buddies.

Besides his dad and mom, he was preceded in demise by his grandson, Justise Hairston; two nephews, Donta Muldrow Sr., whom he reared, and Vincent McCarley Jr.; and siblings, Donnie and Larry Gayles and Renee Muldrow.

A walk-through will probably be held 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, May 15, 2021, on the Mount Zion Baptist Church, with funeral companies to observe at 10 a.m. Due to the pandemic, all friends are requested to please put on masks and observe social distancing. For the well being and security of everybody, please don’t linger on the church after viewing.

A service of dignity and love entrusted to the L. E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home.

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