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Old 09-08-2009, 11:07 AM   #29
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Mikethefixit said "Its a rough time and they need all the support and prayers we can offer. Thanks for the update. We hate to see a fellow STREAMER down."

Roger & Mary Lou - I know Gayland is on the Forums when he's feeling up to it, and I know he'll appreciate your kind words. But you need to know, Gayland is ANYTHING but "down"!! His attitude is absolutely excellent, he's looking at this as just another of life's fights that has to be fought & won. And if there is anyone on the face of this earth that has the desire & determination to win, it's Gayland.
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Old 09-08-2009, 11:52 AM   #30
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Hello,

Sorry to read this thread about Gayland.... although we have never met it appears he is a great person to know and I hope we get the opportunity some day! We all need to learn to live each day to the fullest as we never know what is coming... we could be wiped out on the freeway tomorrow! Airstreamers are such great folks, it is nice to see all the kind thoughts here!

So, Gayland if you are reading this thread, or if someone prints out all the responses and mails it to you ~ keep up the good fight and hang in there! Other Airstreamers want to see you on the road again!
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Old 09-08-2009, 12:26 PM   #31
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I spoke to Gayland this morning for nearly a half-hour. He was up early because he felt better than he has felt for weeks. He has some nausea from the chemo and he is not eating very well, but he feels that he is improving. A blood clot in his leg has caused quite a bit of pain, by he said that is improving as well.

Gayland and Ella Faye are living in their Airstream east of Dallas for the duration of his treatment. Folks have been staying there a week at a time to drive them (Ella Faye broke her right foot, so neither can drive at the moment). I will be going up the 20th to spend a week with them.
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Old 09-08-2009, 12:59 PM   #32
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Thank you for the update, John.
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Old 09-13-2009, 12:29 PM   #33
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As a half-century Dallasite, my wife and I believe that SANDY LAKE RV PARK has the best overall access to D-FW due to the confluence of the Bush Turnpike and I-35 Stemmons; if a change in location is desired. My doctors were all at Presbyterian Hospital, and we would travel the Bush to the Dallas North Tollway:

To 8200 Walnut Hill (via Tollroad, Royal Lane, Preston Rd, Walnut Hill)
from: 1915 Sandy Lake Rd, Carrollton, TX 75006-3401 (Sandy Lake RV & MH Park) - Google Maps

TRADERS VILLAGE would be worth investigating for access to Methodist Hospital. Baylor Hospital would be easiest from Sandy Lake (distance is not the problem so much as traffic and type.)

To 3550 Gaston Ave (via Tollroad, Woodall Rogers, Gaston)
from: 1915 Sandy Lake Rd, Carrollton, TX 75006-3401 (Sandy Lake RV & MH Park) - Google Maps

There are a number of good restaurants in the area of Baylor or Presbyterian; all price ranges where value and $ spent meet well. PM for any recommendations. The only thing out east are the usual poor chain restaurants.

Gayland, for what it is worth, your hometown is one where I kept an AM radio button permanently set to your local station; I knew I was well away from the hustle as I traveled US-281 to college more than thirty years ago . . and I would be stopping in Marble Falls for pie and coffee (just as I'd already done at Hico at the Koffee Kup).
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Old 09-13-2009, 12:40 PM   #34
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Gayland is at Plantation Place RV park in Sunnyvale. That, and Baylor Medical Center are on the east side of the city.

All recent reports indicate that he is doing well. Phone calls are preferred over visits since his immune system is compromised.
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Old 09-13-2009, 12:48 PM   #35
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Gayland.... Hope that you are feeling better. When I think of Texas I always think of you and Ella Faye. You both represent all that is good about Texas. Our thoughts and prayers are with you both. Looking forward to seeing you again when we get back to Texas in late Oct. ... Best always Annie and Marvin
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Old 10-21-2011, 12:34 PM   #36
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A sad time

Sadly, I must report that Gayland Stephens died at about 10:30 last night (Oct 20) at the hospital in Hamilton, Texas. Gayland survived the initial terminal diagnosis of pancreatic cancer by well over two years.

Gayland was pronounced cancer-free over a year ago and was again able to attend many rallies and was having a vintage Airstream restored. Cancer reappeared in his lungs about 6 months ago. Several months ago, cancer treatment was discontinued because of his deteriorating condition.

Services will probably be held this coming Sunday.

No one who knew Gayland will ever forget him. I first met him five or six years ago and we formed an instant bond. I feel I have lost my best friend.
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Old 10-21-2011, 01:35 PM   #37
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Sorry to hear. My condolences.

I assume you mean last night Oct 20?
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Sorry to hear. My condolences.

I assume you mean last night Oct 20?
Yes, Oct 20. My fingers do not always go where my head commands.
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Old 10-21-2011, 03:11 PM   #39
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I'm sorry to hear this. I had many long phone conversations with Gayland before finally meeting him at the Texas Vintage Rally a few years back. I am sad that I will not be able to attend his service since I am out of the republic till next month.

Rest in peace Gayland...you were a character we all loved.
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Old 10-21-2011, 03:22 PM   #40
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Thanks for letting us know John...

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Old 10-21-2011, 03:34 PM   #41
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So sorry to hear this - and sorry I never met him in person though we talked on the phone several times.........

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I am extremely sad to read about Gayland. He epitomized a true Texan to me during the '09 rally. He will be missed.

Here's one of my favorite pictures featuring him & Marcus:



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