Gaile Parks

Gaile Parks

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Gaile Abbey (Foote) Parks, 75, passed away peacefully of natural causes on June 17, 2018, in the Nashville, Tenn., home that she loved.

Born into a musical family on Jan. 21, 1943, in Urbana, Gaile graduated from Mahomet High School in 1960. She attended the University of Illinois in Champaign and completed her studies at Illinois Commercial College. She then moved to Los Angeles and was a member of the Greenwood County Singers, a folk group. She married the leader of the group, C. Carson Parks II, and they sang together, releasing seven albums, one of which featured a duet composed by Parks, “Somethin’ Stupid,” 1966. After hearing the song only one time, Frank Sinatra said, “We’re gonna do it, book a studio.”

Her five children, eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild were blessed and nourished by her love and devotion.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Doris Crewe Foote and Bruce Rutledge Foote; her brother, Roger Joseph Foote; and her sister, Nadine Margaret (Foote) Moorhead.

She is survived by her siblings, Jeffrey Harrington Foote, Eileen Crewe (Foote) Rexroad and Nancy Taylor (Foote) Phalen.

Gaile pre-arranged for a burial at sea in the Gulf of Mexico.