“For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished [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); five sons –
Cleothus Gatson (Barbara), Daniel Gatson, Joe Gatson (Cassandra), Jerral Gatson (Carolyn) and James Gatson(Stacey); five 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 Farmerville.