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Clarence Eugene Gatton

May 23, 1928 ~ December 31, 2018 (age 90)

Clarence passed away on December 31, 2018 in Falls Church, VA. He was born on May 23, 1928 to Thomas Lee and Freddie Cornelia Gatton in Harmony, NC.

He is survived by his wife, Donna Gatton; children, David Gatton (Alla), Mary Anne Gatton (Kourush), Patty Adair (John) and Keith Koerbel; grandchildren, Dolores Anne Gatton (William), Ethan Saraf and Keturah Adair.

Clarence was proceeded in death by his first wife, Dolores Gilleland; brothers, James Gatton, T. Harry Gatton, Clyde F. Gilmore, and Frank D. Gatton; and sister, Marie Gatton Myers.

He served in the United States Coast Guard (USCG) during the Korean War. After completing his service with the USCG, Clarence began a career with the Government Printing Office (GPO) as a Linotype Operator. While serving in the US Government, Clarence started his own business as a real estate broker. He was a member of the Elmer Timberman Lodge #54 and their Past Master. He was also a member of Kena Shriners and Eastern Star.

The visitation will be held from 10 am until 12 noon on Thursday, January 3, 2019 at Murphy Funeral Home in Falls Church with the funeral service beginning at 12 noon. The Graveside service will be held at 12 noon on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at Oakwood Cemetery 114 Oakwood Rd, Statesville, NC 28677.

Nicholson Funeral Home is assisting the family for the graveside service.  Online condolences may be made to the family at


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