History of the Restoration Movement

Charles David Gaylor


Source: Legacy.com

The Life of C. David Gaylor

David Gaylor was born in Lyerly, near Trion, Georgia, September 4, 1941. He was the son of William Charles Gaylor and Sarah Long. He was baptized by James A. Jones in 1959. Married to Wanda Sue Allen (1942-2021), she was the daughter of Norris Wall Allen (1920-2002) and Dorothy Phillips Allen (1924-2005). They had two daughter’s, Vonda Gaylor McGill and Kara Gaylor, and two grandchildren, Allie McGill and Jack McGill.

Gaylor began preaching in Cannon County, Tennessee in 1960. He received his religious training at David Lipscomb College (Lipscomb University) where he received the B.S. degree. This was followed by an M.A. from continued studies at Harding Graduate School (Harding School of Theology). He worked on his doctorate at Tennessee State University.

Some of the churches he served included New Hope church of Christ in Readyville, Tennessee (1962-1967); Main St. church of Christ in Middleton, Tennessee (1965-1967); the Seventh and Cleveland church of Christ in Hopkinsville, Kentucky (1967-1970). While in Hopkinsville he conducted a daily radio broadcast. In 1970, the family moved to Clarksville, Tennessee where he began working as preacher for the Hilldale church of Christ. In 1977, the Gaylors worked with the Southeastern church of Christ in Indianapolis, Indiana. In the late 1980s the Gaylors returned to Clarkesville, Tennessee where he worked once again with the Hilldale church.

Helping the family with extra income, David saw himself as an entrepreneur. He worked in real estate as an agent for several years. He also had a recording business.

David devoted much of his time to the promotion of evangelistic outreach. He evangelized stateside and attended a campaign in Bermuda in 1966. He enjoyed working with youth, attending Bible camps, and participating as a speaker and panelist at youth meetings. Toward this end, he appeared on lectureship programs, gospel meetings, and several other gospel related events.

Death came to brother Gaylor on October 10, 2012. Sue followed her husband in death April 25, 2021. Burial for both are in the little cemetery in Cumberland Furnace, Dickson County, Tennessee, next to Sue's parents.

-Scott Harp, 11.25.2023

-Sources: Preachers of Today, vol. 4, p.113; Ancestry.com; Find-A-Grave;

The Tennessean, Nashville, Tennessee
Sunday, August 19, 1962, p.15-D

Nashville Banner, Nashville, Tennessee
Wednesday, October 3, 1962, p.21

The Leaf Chronicle, Clarksville, Tennessee
Friday, May 16, 1969, p.13

The Leaf Chronicle, Clarksville, Tennessee
Friday, October 2, 1970, p.17

The Leaf Chronicle, Clarksville, Tennessee
Sunday, April 4, 1971, p.30

The Tennessean, Nashville, Tennessee
Saturday, October 13, 1984, p.6

The Leaf Chronicle, Clarksville, Tennessee
October 26, 1990, p.12

The Leaf Chronicle, Clarksville, Tennessee
Saturday, July 27, 1991, p.3

The Tennessean, Nashville, Tennessee
Saturday, June 19, 1993

The Tennessean, Nashville, Tennessee
August 14, 1999, p.3

The Tennessean, Nashville, Tennessee
Friday, October 12, 2012, p.B5

Directions To Grave

The Gaylors are buried in the Cumberland Furnace Cemetery in Dickson County, Tennessee. Head north of Dickson, Tennesse on Hwy. 48. Continue through Charlotte. In just a few miles, the cemetery will be on the left. Enter the first drive to your left and head into the cemetery. Note the house on the left. The plot you will look for will be on your left just past a fence line—behind the house. Also buried in the plot are the Allen's, Sue's parents and her brother Ronny.

GPS Location
36°15'44.6"N 87°21'23.8"W
or D.d. 36.262388, -87.356597

Cumberland Furnace Cemetery

Allen - Phillip R. "Ronny"
May 16, 1944
March 21, 2011

Dorothy P. - January 28, 1924 - June 9, 2005
Norris W. - December 24, 1920 - October 27, 2002
Sue's Parents

David - September 4, 1941 - October 10, 2012
Sue - June 9, 1842 - April 25, 2021

Photos Taken 02.14.2023
Webpage Produced 11.26.2023
Courtesy Of Scott Harp


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