Gayla grew up in Gravette, the daughter of Kim and Marylea Hendren. After graduating from Gravette High School, she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Arkansas, and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Arkansas Law School in 1989.
In September of 1991, Gayla launched a new FM 50,000 watt radio station that was licensed to Bella Vista. For the next 26 years, she managed and programmed the music for KBVA-FM, Variety 106.5. In July of 2017, Gayla sold KBVA and a few months later, opened a stone veneer manufacturing business, Petra Stone Designs of Gravette.
Gayla and Loyd have been married for 23 years and have 2 daughters: Elizabeth, 19, and Maggie, 17. Loyd manages a 500 acre poultry and cattle operation and also manages sales for Petra Stone Designs of Gravette. The family is active in their church, where Gayla serves as pianist and Sunday school teacher. Gayla volunteers with her school and various community programs.