Mr. Gatlin had been a resident of Ponce De Leon. He was Baptist by faith and a member of the Oak Grove Baptist Church. He was a veteran of the United States Armed Forces serving his country in the United States Air Force. He taught Criminal Justice at the Washington- Holmes Technical Center. He also worked in Law Enforcement serving as a Deputy for the Holmes County Sheriffs Department and as a State Trooper for the Nebraska Highway Patrol and as a State Marshall for the Omaha Reservation in Nebraska.
Mr. Gatlin was preceded in death by his father Arthur Gatlin Sr. and one sister Betty Baird.
Mr. Gatlin is survived by his mother Carrie Mae Gatlin of Westville, Florida; his wife of 39 years Aletha Gatlin of Ponce De Leon, Florida; one son Art Gatlin and wife Michelle of Ponce De Leon, Florida; two daughters Lesa Gatlin and Rebecca Brookshire and husband William all of Ponce De Leon, Florida; one brother Robert Leonard Gatlin of Westville, Florida; one sister Glenda Roush and husband Dale of Enterprise, Alabama; six grandchildren Trevor Yates, Erika Brookshire, Logan Brookshire, Parker Gatlin, Lindsay Gatlin and Aletha Gavin
A time of visitation will be held 6:00~8:00 PM, Sunday, October 21, 2007 at the Chapel of Clary-Glenn Funeral; 230 Park Avenue DeFuniak Springs, Florida. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM, Monday, October 22, 2007 at Oak Grove Baptist Church, with Reverends Larry McGowan and Stacy Stafford officiating. Active pallbearers will be Scott Curry, Roy Wade, John Braxton, Bill Williams, Dennis Lee and Burt Furvasie. Burial will follow in the Oak Grove Baptist Cemetery, with military honors. Floral arrangements are being accepted.
[Burial: Oak Grove Cemetery, Westville]