Gayle Essary, CEO of InvesTrend
Communications and head of FinancialWire, passed away on July 9 at
the age of 66.
His writing was some of the most
dispassionate and accurate coverage of the growing naked short selling
crisis; long on facts and short on hyperbole. He was one of the
pioneers in sounding the alarm on the issue, and his articles
influenced many, myself included.
Years before any other media outlet
covered the problem, Gayle was there, and his work can be seen going
back for years. He was a contributor to this site, and was instrumental
in fostering the public's growing awareness of the corruption in the
I can't say it any better than his
sister did, so I will leave you with his obituary and her parting words.
"Re: 7/12/06 - In memory of Gayle Ray Essary, CEO of
Published: July 13, 2006 04:21 pm
Obituaries for 7-13-06
The Palestine Herald
Gayle Ray Essary
Funeral arrangements for Gayle Ray Essary, 66, of New York and formerly
of Palestine, are pending at Bailey & Foster, Palestine.
Mr. Essary died Wednesday at Seton Medical Center at Austin.
Published: July 15, 2006 03:11 am
Obituaries for 7-14-06
The Palestine Herald
Gayle Ray Essary
Services for Gayle Ray Essary, 66, of New York, and formerly of
Palestine, will be at 3 p.m. Saturday July 15, 2006 at the Grace &
Truth Gospel Tabernacle, 924 N. Esplanade with the Rev. Robert Guthrie,
the Rev. Johnny Cook, the Rev. Deborah Cook, and Paul Essary
officiating. Burial will follow in Broyles Chapel Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the direction of Bailey & Foster, Palestine.
Mr. Essary died Wednesday at Seton Medical Center in Austin. He was
born June 23, 1940 in Electra, Texas to the well known evangelist the
Rev. Willerson Essary and Lena Essary (Eads). For many years Gayle
traveled with his father ministering with such well known national
evangelistics as Jack Coe, Donald Skelton, Gordon Lindsay and many
others. Mr. Essary graduated from Palestine High School in 1956, at the
young age of 15. He later graduated from Tyler Jr. College at the age
of 17 where he served as president of the student body. Mr. Essary
became a reporter for the Tyler Star at age 19 and was the youngest
newspaper reporter in the state. He ran many political campaigns and
has been editor and founder of many magazines. He was currently CEO of
InvesTrend Communications, Inc. He was also known for his sense of
humor and his knack for always seeing the details and putting
everything into perspective. Although he lived in many places he always
considered Palestine to be home.
Mr. Essary was preceded in death by his father the Reverend Willerson
Essary, founder of Grace and Truth Gospel Tabernacle, his mother and
step father Lena and Billy Eads and older brother and younger sister.
Gayle is survived by his four children Todd
Essary of New York, NY, Lisa Westfall of Austin, Russell and
Melanie Essary of Rego Park, NY, Linda Essary the mother of Russell and
Melanie Essary. He is also survived by his Mom Etta Bell (Armstrong
Essary) Guthrie and her husband Reverend Robert Guthrie of Palestine,
his sister and her husband Reverends Johnny and Deborah (Debbie) Gail
Essary-Cook of Forney, his brother and his wife Paul and Doenye Essary
of Deer Park, three grandchildren Kyle Westfall, Matthew Ishee and Mary
Elizabeth Ishee, two nephews the Reverend Jefferey and Shekinah Cook of
League City, John David Cook of Palestine, two great nieces Rebekah
Cook of Forney and Orfhlaith (Orla) Cook of League City, and one great
nephew John Jeremiah Cook of Forney.
Pallbearers will be Todd Essary, Russell Essary, Paul Essary, Wayne
Ishee, Kyle Westfall, Jeffery Cook, John David Cook, Matthew Ishee,
Brandon Brooks, and Ricky Brooks.
Condolence calls will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. today at Bailey
& Foster, Palestine
Today was the day we said goodbye to my bubba Gayle
by Deborah Essary-Cook July 16, 2006 01:01 AM EDT
Today we had the funeral ceremony for my "BUBBA" Gayle Ray Essary. We
were honored to have so many friends and relatives come to honor his
life. The words that were spoken, hugs that were given (and received),
smiles that were smiled, and simply the presence of so many who loved
my brother so much, was so appreciated.
We laughed and we cried, we ate and we talked, we remembered and
remembered and remembered.
We talked about a MAN of integrity, a MAN of principle, a MAN of
knowledge, a MAN who was involved with his children, a MAN who was
unafraid to take risks, a MAN who was a role model for his children, a
MAN who valued hard work, a MAN who left a lasting impression on
everyone who came in contact with him, and a MAN of DEEP spiritual
beliefs and convictions.
This MAN was my brother and he can never be replaced but will forever
be remembered, will never be forgotten but will live within us. We each
will always carry Gayle in our heart. And while carrying him in our
heart we will always be better people and will make better choices
simply because he made a deposit in each of our lives.
He loved to research new things, to make decisions that would benefit
small companies, to connect people and resources, to bring companies
and in reality each of us into the future through technology and
He was a man who was always for the "Underdog", he was always David and
never Goliath, he was inspiring to others, and always believed that
simple ordinary people could accomplish unordinary things. He always
believed in the" little person " and their potential, he was a gentle
GIANT who could seemingly move mountains. He was an innovator and could
see and organize the details to make up the whole package, he could
organize and administer (some might say control), and create order out
He wrote where you and I as readers could see what he was seeing, hear
the sounds he heard, breathe the air he breathed, and even smell what
he was smelling the smells. He was an extraordinary man who in his 66
years here on earth accomplished more than 100 people will accomplish
in their whole combined lives.
So in reality we are never "losing" him but just starting a journey to
uncover the pieces and deposits each of us are carrying in our lives
and in this journey we will be finding parts of him in each of us.
So bye for now "Bubba" but not for ever: just until we reach the finish