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Gayland Booth Westbrook

gayland westbrook

December 11, 1947 ~ April 19, 2023

Born in: Shreveport, Louisiana
Resided in: San Antonio, Texas

Gayland Booth Westbrook, age 75, passed away at 7:15am on April 19th, 2023, in his home in San Antonio, TX. He was born in Caddo Parish, Shreveport, LA and attended Byrd High School (Class of ’65). After high school he moved to Monroe, LA and graduated with a B.S. in Marketing from Northeastern State College (ULM) (Class of ’69).

Our memorial gathering to remember Gayland’s life will be from 11-1pm on June 24th at Oak Hills Church, I-10 West, San Antonio, TX. Chaplain Carlos from Yellow Rose will share his memories and some of Gayland’s favorite scriptures. Afterwards, attendees are encouraged to share their favorite memories. Light refreshments will follow. Gayland’s ashes will be intered next to his mother, Jesse Earle Westbrook, at Forest Park Memorial, Shreveport, LA.

Gayland is survived by his wife, Doris Hebert Westbrook, and three wonderful, God-fearing children. His oldest son, David Westbrook, married to Ashley Berthe Westbrook of San Antonio, TX; His daughter, Lisa Westbrook Filsell, married to Dale C. Filsell, and granddaughter, Katy Isabelle of Peyton, CO; His youngest son, Kevin Westbrook, married to Camille Comer Westbrook, and grandchildren, Noah, Hannah, Audrey, John David, Luke, and Thomas of Platte City, MO. Gayland was predeceased by his mother, Jesse Darnell Westbrook, his father, William L. Westbrook, Sr., his brother, William, L. Westbrook, Jr., and his half-brother, Victor E. Grosjean.

Gayland loved being in business for himself, even from the young age of ten. As a young entrepreneur, he delivered hamburgers and cokes to construction workers in his developing neighborhood. During high school, he discovered his gift of salesmanship with his father at J.C. Penny Men’s Clothing. He learned how to make a business profitable from his mother, a savvy woman who owned and operated the family reweaving business, Westbrook Weavers. His brother, Bill, fueled his passion for working on and racing cars. This passion drew him to Firestone where he was able to hone both his racing and people skills.

After marrying his wife and starting their family, he began his journey into software and hardware sales in the Louisiana and Mississippi school districts. His success allowed him to open the Programs for Learning (PFL) computer stores. He accomplished many incredible things, but one of the highlights of his time as the President of PFL was attending the Comdex International Trade Show, where he met Michael Dell of Dell Computers and Bill Gates of Microsoft. Growing his business meant long days on the road. Between sales calls, Gayland rediscovered a passion for writing songs and playing music. His love for the arts, cars, technology, and business will be felt for generations.

Gayland also liked to paint and draw, grill-out and play golf. Traveling was something he thoroughly enjoyed, though he wished he could have done more. He loved talking and listening, especially to his grandkids. If he were present with us, he would say: “Move your faith and trust from yourself to Jesus.” Gayland was devoted to Jesus and loved being generous with God’s blessings. If you would like to honor Gayland’s memory, find someone to bless anonymously or donate to his favorite charity, St. Jude’s.


Family Gathering: June 24, 2023 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Room: W107

Oak Hills Church
19595 W. IH 10
San Antonio, TX United States


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  1. CandleImageMy heartfelt condolences for Gayland’s loss. My thoughts are with Doris and the family. I am thankful for Gayland’s guidance over the years, especially when I had car problems, of which there were many. I appreciated his perspective on education for students with special needs, and it helped me be more mindful as a teacher. I will miss having conversations with him. Gayland knew how much I enjoyed having bluebonnets in my yard, and now when they bloom each spring they will hold a special memory of Gayland for me.

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