C. Doyle Gammill

December 23, 1939May 5, 2018
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C. Doyle Gammill joined The Lord on Saturday, May 5, 2018. He was born in Lubbock on December 23, 1939, graduated from Lubbock High in 1957, and earned both bachelors and masters degrees from Texas Tech.

After serving in the U.S. Army, he loved his professional life as band director, administrator, and eventually Director of Fine Arts for LISD before retiring in 2004.

After retirement, he continued to serve the community he loved as a bailiff and volunteer at UMC.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church all of his 78 years, and is survived by his wife Tam, daughter Linda, son Clayton and four grandchildren.

Visitation will be at Resthaven Funeral Home Thursday, May 10 between 5pm and 7pm. The funeral service will be at Lubbock’s First United Methodist Church on Friday, May 11 at 2pm Dr. Shera Atkinson is officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the American Diabetes Association are appreciated. Online condolences may be offered at


  • John Doyle and Adele Gammill, Parents
  • Tam Gammill, Wife
  • Linda ~, Daughter
  • Clayton ~, Son
  • 4 Grandchildren, ~

  • Keith Bearden
  • Fred Hardin
  • Larry Hess
  • Mack Bibb
  • Bill Smyrl
  • Phillip Hays

  • the American Diabetes Association



  • Visitation Thursday, May 10, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, May 11, 2018


  • Officiating

C. Doyle Gammill

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Todd Lehman

May 25, 2018

Ahhhhhh yesssss!!
One of the best most colorful great hearted people you could ever meet. He will be missed, his infectious smile and bright shining light also forever will be missed but etched into my mind and very being.

God love him and God bless and comfort all of his family.


May 11, 2018

I got exiled in the late 60's, or so I thought at the time, to Coronado HS from Evans Jr. High because we had moved across Quaker. We became rabid Mustang band members. Most of my teenage friends were in the Monterrey band. It is a high testament that we held Mr. Gammill as the standard to compete with and top them. 45 years later there are many who say C. Doyle Gammill made a profound difference in the lives of his students. Each of us strive to make a difference in life. C. Doyle Gammill made a Priceless difference in those he taught.

Drilma Handley

May 11, 2018

Tam & family,
I'm Brian & Angela Handley's Mom, they both attended Nat Williams Elem. I think Brian was one of your students.
I'm so sorry for your loss. I pray you are comforted today. May God bless you today is my prayer.

Todd Payne

May 10, 2018

Mr. Gammill was truly one of the most caring and sincere people I have ever met. I will never forget how he treated me when I became the band director at Hutchinson JH for the 2002-2003 school year. He was always there to support myself and the band. I always loved his handwritten notes and that stick of gum!

Most of all, I loved him as a person. He was always great to talk to and tell amazing stories. Mr. Gammill we will all miss you but know you are looking down and smiling upon all of us.

joan riker

May 10, 2018

He brought a lot of fun to the world and was a great example of encouragement. We should all try to emulate his joy. Prayers for comfort for Tam and his family.

Gary Sikes

May 9, 2018

Babs and I are so sorry to hear about Doyle. I drove band charters for Doyle from 73 to 80. He was a joy to be around. I last saw him at Longhorn Steak house 5 weeks ago. The last thing he said to me was "have a happy birthday next week. It was an honor to have known him and you.
Our prayers to your family.

Brian Cole

May 9, 2018

Tam and family:
If you wound me up, I could go on like one of those "one-man band" monkeys that walks around banging a drum and cymbals--telling stories about Doyle until I ran out of steam. Since no one besides me would enjoy that, I will mention just two stories.
When Doyle was Band Director at MHS, I remember him sitting in his office in the Band Hall, pounding out letters on an old manual typewriter. He was replying to letters that he had received from former students, old friends, etc. He was the original social network. I admired him for that, even if I never followed his lead. People didn't forget Doyle, nor did he forget them.
The other memory I will share might be from the last time I saw Doyle in person. Although I can't remember exactly when it was, I remember him telling me about the movie "Mr. Holland's Opus." At the time, I hadn't seen the movie, but he highly recommended it, and told me I should watch it. It was some time before I did so, but I saw immediately why he liked it. Doyle had a huge heart for his students, and really gave of himself.
What both these stories have in common is Doyle's love for those he interacted with. The world is a little bit worse off since Doyle is gone, but the world is a whole lot better off that Doyle was part of it for 78 years.
I'm sorry that I won't be able to make it to the services, but I will be thinking of him (and of you).

Rex Vardeman

May 9, 2018

I first met Doyle when I moved to Lubbock in the 7th grade and JT Hutchinson Junior High. We pledged Kappa Sigma together and have been friends for many years. I have many stories about Doyle, and will share one with you to illustrate what a kind and considerate person that he was. He was the choir director for the Kappa Sigs when there was an all school fraternity and sorority competition. After the first choir practice, Doyle came to me in private and asked me if I would be a designated mouth mover. I asked what that would entail, and in his compassionate voice, he said that I would be required to memorize all of the words, get dressed up in a tuxedo , hold my head high, and not permit any notes to pass my lips! This was his kind way to tell me that I was not skilled in singing. He was absolutely correct. I loved the man. Yes, we won first place.
Rex Vardeman

Jerry Hurst

May 9, 2018

I was a member of the LHS Westerner Band and Doyle was the drum major. Great memories marching at football games under his direction. He made my band experiences exciting and memorable. My prayers to his family and rest in peace my friend.

Jerry Hurst, LHS Class 1958.

Greg Deal

May 9, 2018

Who does not remember Mr. Gammill roaming the halls of MHS! What a great man! May God Bless the Gammill family.


      C. Doyle Gammill was known as many things to many people. He was a loved one, a friend, and someone special. To family and friends who knew him best, C. Will be remembered as a very exceptional person.

      C. Doyle was born on December 23, 1939 in Lubbock, Texas and was the son of John Doyle and Adele Gammill.

      A typical teenager, C. Doyle had a fairly happy high school experience, making that critical transition from adolescence to adulthood. He graduated from Lubbock High School in 1957. He enjoyed some classes more than others, having favorite subjects and teachers.

      C. Doyle enjoyed his college years, which may have been a challenge with all of the academics, responsibilities, and the sudden freedom that accompanied them, but C. Doyle was able to manage the balancing act. He earned both bachelors and masters degrees from Texas Tech University.

       Empathic and loyal, C. Doyle was committed to making his new family happy. He exchanged wedding vows with Tamara Bannister. C. Doyle worked hard to be a good father to his children and he did his best to fulfill their needs. He was blessed with two children, son, Clayton, and daughter, Linda. Another blessing for C. Doyle was the gift of four grandchildren.

      Fortunately, C. Doyle enjoyed what he did for a living. Showing a strong work ethic, C. Doyle worked diligently and did his best to succeed in his career. His primary occupation was administration. He was employed for the LISD where he was a band director, administrator and eventually Director of Fine Arts. He always sought to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

      C. Doyle was an United States Army veteran. His fellow soldiers viewed him as a brother in arms and knew that he was as much a part of their family as their loved ones back home.

      C. Doyle’s faith was important to him. He was a member of First United Methodist Church for 78 years.

      When C.Doyle’s retirement finally arrived in 2004, he was well prepared. In retirement, he found new pleasure in continuing to serve the community he loved as a bailiff and a volunteer at UMC. Even in retirement, he continued to stay in touch with his old friends while making plenty of new acquaintances.

      C. Doyle passed away on May 5, 2018 at his residence in Lubbock, Texas. He is survived by his wife Tam, daughter Linda, son Clayton and four grandchildren. Services were held at First United Methodist Church. He was laid to rest in Resthaven Memorial Park in Lubbock, Texas.

      Simply stated, C. Doyle was a good and kind person, an individual who will for all time be remembered by his family and friends as being a caring and giving person, someone who was a vital part of their lives. He leaves behind him a legacy of life-long friendships and many cherished memories. Everyone whose life he touched will always remember C. Doyle Gammill.