Gayland Brooks Witherspoon was born July 25, 1932 in Little Rock, Arkansas to Lawrence F. Witherspoon, Sr. and Burnelle Bradley Witherspoon and died September 1, 2017 in Conway, Arkansas.
He was predeceased by his parents and brothers Lawrence and Dick, son Barry, and grandson Brad. He is survived by his wife of 64 years Fredonia Dees Witherspoon, brother John (Carolyn), son John (Renee), four grandchildren, and one great grandchild.
He graduated from the University of Arkansas (BS), and the University of Illinois (Masters of Architecture). He was active duty Air Force for 12 years, and reserves for 25 years, where he retired as Colonel.
He was an architecture professor at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, and Department Head at Clemson University in South Carolina. He directed the Clemson Architectural Foundation until he retired. He was President of the State of South Carolina American Institute of Architects and was President of the National American Institute of Architects for three years. He lived in Fairbanks, Alaska, Tainan, Taiwan, as well as Massachusetts, Illinois, New Mexico, Arkansas, and South Carolina. He was a respected architect and educator, a great husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He will be missed.
A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 11 a.m. in Roselawn Memorial Park. Arrangements are under the direction of Ruebel Funeral Home, www.ruebelfuneralhome.com
"Gayl was a special man! He and Freddie were dating when I was little, so he was always a big part of our lives. Loved him like a brother! My sympathy to all the Witherspoon family. Baby Jane"
Jane Lovett Holt | Little Rock, AR
"The Best Father, Grandfather and Great-Grandfather in the world! He made every day an adventure offering a lesson for all that participated. I know that he is now on a new one in Heaven. Miss you and love you Pops! "
Susan Starker Witherspoon | Little Rock, AR
"What a great uncle! A genius for sure! Desiree and I are so blessed to own a "GAYLE WITHERSPOON HOME", and I might add, the best one he ever created...Grandmother Witherspoon's home! He was the Architect and my dad Lawrence built it. Thanks Unc the Gayle! Thanks.
Larry the Nef Witherspoon | Little Rock, AR
"As a student of Gayland at Clemson University, I remember him as a patient man with a very calm and comforting presence that was welcome in the midst of a demanding, and sometimes stressful, design cirriculum. His design work impressed me with its deep respect for the natural environment. I know his guidance has touched many students at Clemson and he will be greatly missed. I am grateful to have known Gayland and I am so sorry to hear of his passing. My thoughts are with his family."
David Greer | Greenville, SC
"Please accept my condolences on your loss. May your memories comfort your heart; and God help your family during this time of sorrow. Isa.41:13
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