James E. “Jim” Gatlin
Mooreville - James Edward (Jim) Gatlin, a devoted family man. Left his earthly home on Nov. 3, 2018, at the age of 77. His love for his family was evident with the twinkle in his eye when a grandchild, or great-grandchild was in the room. He loved Ole Miss football and tailgating, being an avid fan for 50 years, all types of fishing especially bream fishing, golfing at Colonial Country Club and Pontotoc County Club, gardening at all home locations even if he had to have a high chain link fence to keep the deer and squirrels away, and cooking for everyone. He was known for his perfect ribeye steak and Brunswick Stew and his home-made barbecue sauce. He traveled to many countries in his job with international freight companies, and this allowed him to meet new people and see the world. He was also a basketball, football and baseball official in his younger years.
He was married to his love, Jane Weatherford Gatlin for 42 years. Jim had two daughters, Teresa Reeves (Terry) of Tremont and Wanda Sullivan of Tupelo, and a sister, Sue Poteet (Rod) who loved him like a daughter. He had two grandson, Blake Nichols of Treemont and Shane Reeves (Jordan) of Tupelo, and two granddaughters, Kelley Hill (Jordan) of Metairie, LA, and Jade Kimbrough (Austin) of Mooreville and a Rebel loving niece, Amber McCarty (Jerad). Three great-grandchildren that he adored and always made him smile: Kaden James Kimbrough, Della Christian Kimbrough and Kinsley Elyse Reeves. He had one brother, Robert Gatlin (Joyce Ann) of Mantachie and a nephew, Tim Gatlin (Misty) of Mantachie. He also had a sister in law, Carolyn Homan (Bubba), brother in law, Eddie Weatherford (Linda) and four nieces, April Guess (Terry), Becky Umfress (Roy), Melanie Russell (Chad) and Ginger Byrd (Josh). A special friend and like a son to Jim, Grenot Verient of Itatiba, Brazil, spent many hours with him on the Amazon fishing. This was a special memory of Jim's that always made him smile when he talked about those great fishing trips. Grenot said, "Jim was such a great person, and he will live in our memories forever! Some people live a hundred years and do not live half the life that he lived." Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Milford and Maxie Gatlin and his father and mother in law, Roger and Mary Weatherford.
A memorial service celebrating his life will be held at 6 PM Friday, November 9, 2018 at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with his grandson in-law, Bro. Austin Kimbrough, officiating. Visitation will be from 4 PM-service time on Friday, Nov. 9th only. The service may be viewed via www.hollandfuneraldirectors.com/Livestreaming at 6 PM Friday and for 60 days thereafter.
Jim loved all animals, but he had a special four-legged girl named Missy who gave him so much love and comfort. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you donate to the Tupelo-Lee Humane Society, P. O. Box 1185, Tupelo, MS. 38802 or http://www.tupeloleehumane.org/
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