James M. "Doc Daddo" Gatlin

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SHREVEPORT, LA - Memorial Services for James M. Gatlin alias "Doc Daddo" of Shreveport, LA will be held at Friday November 5th at 10AM in the chapel at 1st Presbyterian Church, 900 Jordan Shreveport, LA. Family and friends are invited to attend a reception immediately after the service in Room L6 at the church. James was born August 5th, 1944 in Magnolia, Arkansas. He passed away on October 31,2010 at his home surrounded by his family. James was a proud Alumni of the Class of '62 at CE Byrd High School and also attended LA Tech and SAU Magnolia. James was often heard whistling while he worked as a building contractor. James and his dad built custom-homes for over 30 yrs with their company Gatlin Builders. Many of his clients became life-long friends. James was a lifetime member of the Caddo Rifle and Pistol Club and really enjoyed being a member of S.A.S.S. where the members dress up in old west clothes from the 1800's and shoot in competitions. James was also a member of the Southern Cruiser's Motorcycle club. He really enjoyed the friends he made through both the gun club and motorcycle club. Those that knew James would know that he would not want his family and friends to mourn his death but to celebrate his life. James chose not to have treatments for his cancer but to leave his fate in God's hands. James is survived by his wife of 42 years, Carolyn Padgett Gatlin; a daughter, Marci Gatlin Hicks and two granddaughters Joey and Brandi Hicks of Shreveport, LA; a son Loren Preston Gatlin and his wife Dana of Vero Beach, FL; James is survived by one sister, Joan Gatlin Brian and husband Tip of Ramona, OK.; as well as two sisters-in-law Pat Walker, Nancy Simpson and Husband Arthur, and 1 brother-in-law Rick Padgett. He had many nieces and newphews who loved him for his wonderful sense of humor. James was preceded in death by his parents Ralph Gatlin and Mary Jane Gatlin Woodard. He is also survived by his mother's twin sister Martha (Mott) Scott of Shreveport. And William Talton is a very special friend that James would have wanted to honor. James has donated his body to science (LSUMC). In lieu of flowers, James would love that donations be made to or the .

Published in Shreveport Times on Nov. 2, 2010
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