TEMPLETON, John Gilbert Born January 9th, 1957 in Naples, Italy and died January 7th at home in Nashville. Son of Watson Gilbert Templeton (died 2007) and Eleanor Halliburton Templeton. Also survived by daughter, Ryan DeHaven Templeton, Los Angeles California; brother, David Bradford Templeton, Branford, CT; niece and nephews, Rozlyn Jack and Webster Templeton; uncle, John Lillard Templeton, Jr. (Martha); cousins, John Lillard Templeton III (Emme); Claire Templeton Miller (Ric); James Edward Attrill, Jr. (Fran); Molly Attrill Phy (Mark), Edward W. Halliburton, (Dorothy) of Charlotte, N.C. He attended Parmer School, graduated Montgomery Bell Academy in 1975 and received a B.A from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 1979. A gifted and award-winning wordsmith, Gil served as a writer, senior writer, producer, and creative director at advertising agencies from Raleigh to Nashville including Hodskins, Simone & Searls; Buntin Advertising; Carden & Cherry, The Film House and his free-lance business, Words for Whatever. Post his advertising career, Gil wrote numerous articles and short stories and authored "The Pain Chronicles." Gil was a talented tennis player and life-long rock'n'roll drummer who enjoyed playing in bands Trucking Blues, 1969 and more. He gave the gift of laughter to all those who knew him and will be missed. Friends forever: Ben Armstead; John Beasley II; Jim Bibb; Bobby Bransford; Clay Caroland III; Bill Davis; Rev. Joseph Davis; Albie DelFavero; Timothy Douglas; Hugh Entrekin; Walter Fish; Doug Foote; Fred Harvey; Beverly Landstreet IV; John Lawrence; Dr. MacRae Linton; Dr. Gilbert Raulston; Will Robinson; Thom Rutledge and Todd Scantlebury. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, January 12, 2011 at West End United Methodist Church with visitation to follow in Reed Hall. MARSHALL-DONNELLY-COMBS, (615) 327-1111.
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Published in The Tennessean from Jan. 9 to Jan. 10, 2011