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Cleo Gatson (03-12-2015)
Photo of Cleo GatsonFor I am now ready to be
offered, and the time of my
departure is at hand. I have
fought a good fi ght, I have
fi nished [my] course, I have
kept the faith: Henceforth
there is laid up for me a
crown of righteousness,
which the Lord, the righteous
judge, shall give me
at that day: and not to me
only, but unto all them also
that love his appearing.
(2 Timothy 4:6-8 AV)
Brother Cleo Gatson was
born May 5, 1928 in Laran,
Louisiana to George and
Bessie Gatson. He departed
this life on March 3, 2015, at Union General Hospital in
Farmerville. Funeral services were held Saturday, March
7, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at the Willie Davis Jr. Community
Center in Farmerville.
He had family members at Fellowship Baptist Church
in Spearsville, so he became a member there at an early
age. Later, he met Emma Atkins and they were married on
December 25, 1947. To this union, 10 children were born.
Three preceded him in death. He moved to Memphis, Tennessee
and lived there for several years. He later became
a member of the Church of Christ in Memphis. Up on returning to Louisiana, he attended Jerusalem Church of
Christ in Marion. In 1964, he established and ministered
at Shady Grove Church of Christ in Farmerville, where
he remained until his death. He loved visiting the sick and
shut in and discussing the Bible with people. His mission
in life was to save souls for Christ.
He leaves to cherish his memory: His wife, Emma
Gatson; two daughters from Houston, Texas Gwendolyn
Moore (Fred) and Carolyn White (Kenneth); fi ve sons
Cleothus Gatson (Barbara), Daniel Gatson, Joe Gatson
(Cassandra), Jerral Gatson (Carolyn) and James Gatson
(Stacey); fi ve sisters Nettie Gatson Highshaw of Milwaukee,
Wisc., Fannie Gatson Scruggs of Memphis, Georgia
Gatson Jones (Dr. Otis) of Little Rock, Gertrude Gatson Edwards
of Milwaukee, Wisc. and Sammiella Gatson Brantley
of Pine Bluff, Arkansas; two brothers Burley Gatson of
Spearsville and Matthew Gatson (Shirley) of Carson, Calif.;
21 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren; as well as a
host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Serving as active and honorary pallbearers were his
grandsons Derrick Gatson, Zandor Gaston, Brandon
Gatson, Christopher White, Thomas Gatson, Shonjerral
Gatson, Courtland White, Kevin Gatson, Carlos Brooks,
Bryan Brooks, Kenyatta Moore, Joseph Gatson and Jerral
Jackson Jr.
Services entrusted to Memorial Funeral Home of