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Gayle Guest Bigham

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Gayle Guest Bigham, 74, of Cleveland, was united with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2022.

She passed peacefully surrounded by much of the family who loved her dearly. Gayle was born on Sept. 4, 1947, in Chattanooga, to the late Luther Ray Guest and Estelle Lacy Guest.

Gayle graduated from Soddy-Daisy High School in 1965, where she was voted Friendliest, after only attending for her senior year. She went on to attend Austin Peay State University, where she met the love of her life, Tom Bigham. They married on Dec. 30, 1966, and enjoyed a blessed 55 years of marriage.

Gayle’s greatest achievement was raising her two daughters and building a home of faith for her family. She was a devoted Christian, first and foremost; she faithfully taught Sunday school for over 25 years at Westwood Baptist Church and was a member of Grace Community Church. She also loved serving in the Emmaus Community and was greatly honored to lead Emmaus Women’s Walk No. 108 in the fall of 2006. Her greatest passions were sharing the love of Jesus, encouraging others through cards and gifts, and surprising family and friends with her special “sursis.” Her six “grands” were her pride and joy! And some of her sweetest days were spent with her family in the mountains and her “flamingo sisters” at the beach.

Gayle was preceded in death by her parents, Luther Ray Guest and Estelle Lacy Guest; and her husband, Tom Bigham.

She leaves a tremendous legacy of faith for those who survive her, daughters, Aimee Efird of Columbia, South Carolina, and Marti Hall of Cleveland; sons-in-law, Scott Efird of Columbia, South Carolina, and Brent Hall of Cleveland; grandchildren, Emma Leigh Efird, Elizabeth Efird and Evan Efird of Columbia, South Carolina, Raygan Hall Lockridge (Grant) of Greenville, South Carolina, and Reece Hall and Rylee Hall of Cleveland; siblings, Tommy Guest (Sandy) of Montgomery, Alabama, and Gary Guest of Knoxville; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 21, 2022, at Grace Community Church, 4745 Mouse Creek Road NW, Cleveland, TN 37312, with the Celebration of Life immediately following. Services will be conducted by the Rev. Scott Efird.

Burial will follow at Lee Cemetery in McDonald.

Donations may be given to Grace Community Church or the Cleveland Emmaus Community.

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