Gayle Speed Ringo, 58, of Apalachicola and Pensacola, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, June 10, 2018 in Pensacola.
Gayle was born in Apalachicola on August 25, 1959. She was the daughter of Ella Speed and the late Willie Speed. She was educated in the Franklin County school system, graduating in 1977 from Apalachicola High School. She attended Florida A&M University, studying home economics education. After graduating in 1981 from Florida State University, she entered Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 1982 where she earned her juris doctorate in 1985. She was a licensed member of the Louisiana Bar Association, a Certified Florida Mediator, and practiced Social Security law at the time of her passing. She was also a middle school teacher in Escambia County.
While at Southern she met and married fellow classmate, Ronald Ringo on Dec. 30, 1983. Gayle and Ronald welcomed their first child, Ron Charles Ringo, on Dec. 16, 1990, followed by twin daughters Galen and Allison Ringo on Aug. 6, 1993.
Gayle was a lifelong member of Love Center Holiness Church of the Living God in Apalachicola, where pastors L.D. and She’La Martin preside. She was an ordained minister in the five-fold ministry at Love Center Holiness Church. She was a member of New Dimensions Christian Center in Pensacola, with pastors Greg and Diane Burns.
Gayle was preceded in death by her father Willie Speed Sr., and older brother Willie “Bill” Speed.
Gayle leaves to cherish her memories, her mother Ella Breedlove Speed; her husband Ronald Ringo; one son Ron Charles Ringo; twin daughters Galen and Allison Ringo; two older brothers Allyson and Oryan Speed; sister-in-law Beverly Speed; mother-in-law Beatrice Ringo; sister-in-law Charmaine Price-Newton (Shelby); two brothers-in-law Keith and Kevin Price (Demetria), all of New Orleans, Louisiana, along with a host of nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends, including special friends Kathi Wynn, Rebecca Mathis, Darlene White, and the Apalachicola High School class of 1977.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 16 at St. Paul A.M.E. Church, 81 Avenue I, Apalachicola, starting at 1 p.m. ET. Battle Funeral Home in Panama City will be in charge of all arrangements.