Maj. Raymond Gray Estelle II, of the U.S. Air Force of Yorktown, Va., was killed in action Wednesday, April 27, 2011, in Kabul, Afghanistan. Maj. Estelle was a native of New Haven, Conn., and had resided in the Tampa and Brandon, Fla., areas from 1999 to 2001, and had returned many times over the years.

Both Maj. Estelle and his wife, Maj. N’Keiba, loved the Tampa Bay area and had planned for their family to reside in the area after retirement. He would have completed 20 years of military service in September 2011.

Maj. Estelle leaves to cherish his memory, his wife of 10 years, Major N’Keiba J. Estelle; 7-week-old son, Raymond G. Estelle, III; daughter, Shayla J. Estelle, 8, all of Yorktown, Va.; mother, Regina Estelle; sister, Nyiesha Estelle; a greatly loved and admired grandfather, Mr. Burton Gifford, all of New Haven; a father and mother-in-law, Levi and Lynn Knox of Valrico, Fla.; and a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and close friends.