Carl R. Gatlin

Published 10:48am Friday, November 1, 2013

Funeral services for Carl R. Gatlin of Bogue Chitto are 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 3, at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church with interment in the church cemetery.

Visitation is Saturday from 1 until 5 p.m. at Riverwood Family Funeral Service and will resume on Sunday from 1 p.m. until the time of the service.

Mr. Gatlin, 93, passed away Oct. 30, 2013, at King’s Daughters Medical Center. He was born in Bogue Chitto on Jan. 3, 1920, to Trudie Gatlin.

He was a longtime member and deacon at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church and was a decorated United States Army veteran, serving in World War II in the 3rd Division, 30th Infantry through 1940-1945, having fought in seven major campaigns (Morocco, North Africa, Tunisia, Sicily, Italy, France and Germany).

He was a self taught radio/TV repairman and well respected businessman and owner of Gatlin TV for more than 30 years.

After his retirement from Gatlin’s TV Service he enjoyed woodworking and carpentry for many years. He also was a master fisherman, which was his passion.

He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, mentor and friend.

Preceding him in death was his wife, Willene H. Burns Gatlin, and his mother, Trudie Gatlin.

Survivors include his sons, Phil K. Gatlin and wife Nancy of Crane Hill, Ala., and Marcus E. Gatlin and wife Rachel of Bogue Chitto; daughter, Jacqueline Kay Gatlin of Brookhaven; brother, Bobby McFadden and wife Ann of Smithdale; and his sisters, Viola Case and husband Elam of Denham Springs, La., and June Barnett and husband Jim of Zachary, La.

He is also survived by eight grandchildren, Christopher Gatlin and wife Lisa of Kentucky, Amy Watson and husband Donnie of North Carolina, Jennifer Ballard and husband LaRon of Brookhaven, Jeremy Orr and wife Stefanie of Brookhaven, Ellen Champagne and husband David of Clinton, Cole Gatlin and wife Claire of Hattiesburg, Robert Gatlin and fiancée LaSha Reid of Bogue Chitto, and Anna Mooney and husband Matt of Arizona; along with 21 great-grandchildren, Robbie, Audrey, Reed and Grant Gatlin; Caleb, Abigail and Jesse Watson; Samuel and Carlee Ballard; Sofie and Gatlin Orr; Julia, Ende, Harrison and Franklin Champagne; Elizabeth, Mary Linley, Henry and Ann Alden Gatlin; Connor and Kathryn Mooney

Memorials may be made to Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Building Fund or Callie’s Mission, both at P.O. Box 170, Bogue Chitto, MS 39629, or the charity of your choice.

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