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“God speed, Sir ”
1 of 7 | Posted by: Maurice Strickland

“Love you Grandad. I know you will always be looking over us. ”
2 of 7 | Posted by: Tommy Strickland

“You all are in our thoughts and prayers. ”
3 of 7 | Posted by: Linda & Jeff Noffsinger and Jerry Wurmser

“Our deepest sympathy to the Gatling family. My wife Lynn and I will miss listening to his exploits of WW2 at the Group re-unions. God bless each...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: Ron and Lynn Edwards

“Our deepest sympathy to all of Dave's family. We know just how deep the pain can be and pray that the Lord grant peace and many happy memories. ...Read More »
5 of 7 | Posted by: Jeremiah Hammond

“I'm so sorry to hear about your Dad. I did not have the pleasure of meeting him but sounds like he had an exciting life story to tell. The family...Read More »
6 of 7 | Posted by: Angie Wilson

“Love you Dad ”
7 of 7 | Posted by: Lorayne and Tom

Among many that previously departed, the world lost another WWII hero. On Saturday evening, June 10, 2017, Major William David Gatling, Srt., aged 95, of Vero Beach, FL passed away at Hospice House Satilla in Waycross, GA. Born in 1922 in Murfreesboro, NC, Major Gatling was a clever man of great love and humility. He was the oldest son of Julian Irving and Rosa Virginia Byrd-Gatling (both deceased). He was sibling of Julian Gatling and Wendell Gatling (both deceased), Janice Lawrey, James Earl Gatling, and Mary Virginia Borchers. Major Gatling was father to Lorayne Strickland (Tom) and William David, Gatling, Jr. (Beverly), grandfather to Maurice Strickland, Tom Strickland,IV, Bill R. Gatling and great grandfather to Josh, Trenton, Sydney Strickland and Savannah, Shelby Gatling, several nieces and nephews. He s survived by his first wife Katherine Burns and his current wife Betty Knight-Gatling, her son Reid Knight, Jr. (Jan) and their children Jake, Will, and Sarah. Major Gatling flew 200 combat missions in P40 and P47 fighter-bombers over northern Africa and Europe for the US Army Air Corps, 315th Squadron of the 324th Fighter Group. His war experiences are chronicled in his memoires “Critical Points” and in the 2015 documentary produced by the Institute of Military Technology in Titusville, FL. In 2016 he attended an honoring of the 234th Fighter Group in Dayton, OH. Mother’s Day weekend 2017 God granted the loving reunion in Atlanta of Major Gatling and his sisters, Janice and Mary Virginia. Major Gatling will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery, his life-long wish. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice House Satilla c/o Hospice Satilla, 808 Evergreen Way, Waycross, GA 31501 or to your favorite charity. Sympathy can be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com. Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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