HOUSTON - Malcolm J. Gambill, 85, of Houston, passed away on Sunday, March 17, 2013, at 5 a.m. at his residence, surrounded by his family.
Malcolm was born Dec. 11, 1927, in West Liberty, Ky., the son of the late Floyd and Lula (Estep) Gambill. On July 10, 1946, he married Fannie Smith and she survives near Houston.
Malcolm also is survived by his children, Anna Lou Fry, of Miamisburg, Fred (Mary) Gambill of Corbin, Ky., Rosemary (Rick) Baillie of Norwalk, Kathy Simpson of Ocala, Fla., Shirley (Dean) Daniels of Norwalk, Charlie (Bonnie) Gambill of Houston, Codie (Roland) Toupin of Ocala, Fla., James (Detra) Gambill of Sidney; 29 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Malcolm also will be deeply missed by his siblings, Wanny (Ray) Hall of West Liberty, Ky., Dolly (Leonard) Young of Sidney, Ruby Young of Piqua, Woody (Evelyn) Gambill of Piqua, Chester (Justine) Gambill of West Liberty, Ky., and Ranzie (Wanda) Gambill of Piqua.
Preceding Malcolm in death were his siblings, Mitchell Gambill, Hollie Gambill, Rhodie Young, Berdie Coffee, Pearl Hall; son-in-law, Bill Simpson; and grandson, Joshua Kinnett.
Malcolm was a career iron worker. He belonged to the Iron Workers Local 290 in Dayton and retired with 45 years of faithful and dedicated service to his union brothers and sisters.
Malcolm was a longtime member of the Rumly Freewill Baptist Church. He loved the Lord as a young man and dedicated his life to sharing the word of God. Through the years, Malcolm developed his relationship with the Lord. He served Him in a spiritual way as deacon of the church, an evangelist and eventually became a Baptist preacher near the community of Lucasville in southern Ohio.
He also loved the out-of-doors, especially fishing and going coon hunting.
He was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, great-great-grandfather, brother and a true friend to many. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, at the Adams Funeral Home, 1401 Fair Road, Sidney, with Pastor Ted C. Willis of the Second Baptist Church of Piqua officiating. Burial will follow in Shelby Memory Gardens. Family and friends may call from 4-7 p.m., Tuesday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Wilson Hospice, 1081 Fairington Drive, Sidney, OH, 45365 in Malcolm's memory.
Online memories may be expressed to the family on the Adams Funeral Home's web site at www.theadamsfuneralhome.com