Billy Joe Gatlin, age 85 of Mt. Juliet, TN and formerly of Mortons Gap, died April 8, 2020, at his home. Born March 25, 1935, to the late William and Mary (Scott) Gatlin. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Morton’s Gap and First Baptist Church of Mt. Juliet. He was very active in his church and community in Mortons Gap before moving to Mt. Juliet. He worked most of his life as a coal miner at Peabody Coal Company’s, River Queen Mine. He was an accomplished carpenter, he enjoyed coaching youth baseball and led the effort to build the first youth field in Mortons Gap. He was widely recognized for his compassion and tireless work for his Church, community, and others.
He was also preceded in death by his step-mother Marilou Gatlin and step-brother, Lairy Nofsinger.
Survived by his beloved wife of 66 years, Ann Gatlin; children, Paula Gatlin, Greg (Paula) Gatlin, Alan (Stephanie) Gatlin and Steve Gatlin; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; sister, Sylvia Moore; and several nieces and nephews.
Private graveside services will be held at Grapevine Cemetery with Bandy Funeral Home assisting, and Pastor Len Young officiating
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Samaritan’s Purse, Samaritanspurse.org or P.O. Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607.
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