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Gerald Lynn Gamble, 66, of Oliver Springs, passed away Sunday, April 1, 2012, in University of Alabama-Birmingham following an extended illness.
He was born June 2, 1945, in Harriman. He lived in and grew up in Oliver Springs and graduated from Oliver Springs High School in 1963. Following his high school graduation, he entered into the U.S. Air Force and served his country during the Vietnam War. While serving, he received several medals, ribbons and citations. After his military discharge, he returned back to Oliver Springs where he had continued to live.
He began his employment at the Y-12 Plant in Oak Ridge in 1969 and retired in 2010 after 41 years of service.
He was a kind and compassionate man who deeply loved his family. He was a faithful Christian and a member of Calvary Baptist Church, where he considered the church family as his own.
He enjoyed playing golf, watching sports and caring for his dog Jynx.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Amy Lee Gamble; his parents, Ernest and Margaret McKinney Gamble; his in-laws, C.S. and Pearl Webster; and a niece, Kathy Folds.
He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Wilma Webster Gamble; a daughter, Janet Ruth Gamble, both of Oliver Springs; a sister, Ruth Cofer and husband Leonard, Jasper; a twin brother, Glen Gamble and wife Linda, Harriman; a nephew, Ricky Gamble; two nieces, Sandy Ireland and husband Tommy, and Tammy Price and husband Charles; two great-nieces, Amelia Ireland and Amber Price; three great-nephews, Daniel Ireland, Nathaniel Folds and Dylan Price; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, special neighbors, several doctors and nurses at University of Tennessee Medical Center and many close friends.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 6, in Calvary Baptist Church, Oak Ridge. The funeral will follow at 8 p.m., with Pastor Steve McDonald officiating. Burial and graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 7, at Roane Memorial Gardens. Sharp Funeral Home, Oliver Springs, is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Calvary Baptist Church.
An online guest book is available at www.sharpfh.com.