Gecova Mcdowell Doyal Jr.
May 11, 1941 – October 4, 2019
On the evening of October 4, 2019 God called home one of his faithful servants. Gecova McDowell Doyal, Jr. Doyal was born on May 11, 1941 at Harlem Hospital in New York City. He was the son Gecova McDowell Doyal, Sr. and Frieda Doyal; he had a younger sister Patricia.
Doyal attended Pace College in New York where he studied Business Management and Marketing. While studying, he met the love of his life, Venus Newton and was later drafted in the United States Army in January 1964. He fought in the Vietnam War and was a Purple Heart recipient. Doyal was honorably discharged from the Armed Forces in 1966. Upon coming home, he married Venus Newton on May 28, 1966 in Queens, New York. They subsequently had five children: Gecova Doyal, III, Genay Doyal, Marc Doyal, Martin Doyal and Harold Doyal. Doyal was a Grandfather of 15 grandchildren and 2 great-granddaughters.
Doyal was a Regional Sales Manager for Heublein Wine Company, which brought the family to the Pacific Northwest in 1978. Doyal worked in the wine industry for 47 years.
The Doyal family became members of Mount Zion Baptist Church in 1978. Doyal was an active member at Mount Zion. Doyal, affectionately known as Jay, was the Chairman of many Boards which included the Mount Zion Preschool, Trustee Board, Deacon Board, and was a teacher for the Mount Zion Ethnic School. In addition, he served on the committee for the McKinney Manor and the Gideon Tower. He loved coaching the Mount Zion Youth Basketball Team.
Doyal was a lover of music, he especially enjoyed Motown. Some of his favorite artists were Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Luther Vandross and Marvin Sapp. His favorite sports were basketball and football; he was a big fan of the Seahawks.
His personal heroes were Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X and Reverend McKinney was his mentor.
Services for Gecova McDowell Doyal, Jr. will be held at Mount Zion Baptist Church on October 19, 2019 at 11:00 am.
- Visitation Friday, October 18, 2019
- Funeral Service Saturday, October 19, 2019
- Graveside Service Saturday, October 19, 2019