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William Hunter Gammon
William Hunter Gammon of Raleigh died Aug. 23 of complications from acute pancreatitis. Born July 16, 1948 in Norfolk, VA to Hunter Oakley Gammon and Nancy Watkins Gammon, Bill was a proud graduate of Davidson College and an avid supporter of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He was a recognized leader in the field of Construction Law in North Carolina and a generous volunteer with the Rex Hospital Foundation, working on the Rex Hospital Open and heading its affiliate Corporate Challenge for many years.
Bill graduated in 1970 from Davidson, where he was the center on the football team which captured a Southern Conference title in l969. He went on to law school at UNC, graduating in 1973. While in law school, he followed his love and passion for football by serving as a graduate assistant under Coach Bill Dooley and accompanying the team on three consecutive bowl trips. He then began his law career clerking for N.C. Supreme Court Justice Carlisle Higgins from 1973-1974 before serving four years with the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps. He then was in private practice in Washington, D.C. for 11 years, most of those years with Lewis Mitchell and Moore. While in Washington, he earned a Master of Law at George Washington University, though he would be the first to tell you that if there was not a parking place around the law school when he went into D.C. for class, he would find his way home early! He returned to his beloved North Carolina in 1989 to join Moore and Van Allen, PLLC in Raleigh and practiced there for 14 years, serving on the firm's executive committee for five years. In 2003, he joined Nelson Mullins Riley and Scarborough, where he practiced at the time of his death. He was currently serving a three-year term on the N.C. Bar Association Board of Governors and its Foundation Board of Directors. He previously chaired the Construction Law Section and took great pride in leading the Bar's Citizen Lawyer Task Force. He was currently serving as the co-chair of the Carolinas AGC/NCBA Construction Section Joint Committee. In 2012 he was proud to be listed at the top of construction lawyers in Business North Carolina's Legal Elite. He has also has been honored in Best Lawyers in America and North Carolina Super Lawyers.
Bill had many loves in his life: his wife Jessica, to whom he has been a loving partner and cheerleader for 42 years; his daughter Meg Gammon Blythe, her husband Bryan, their children Margaret Davidson and William Hunter (that announcement made him cry) and their yet to be born baby brother; his father Hunter Oakley Gammon of Reidsville; his brother Tracy Watkins Gammon and his fiancée Jettaka Alexander of Greensboro; his nieces Courtney and Katie Gammon and Paige, Anna Walker and Grayson Gillespie; his sister-in-laws Lane Gillespie Cooke of Pittsboro and Mary Margaret Gillespie of Raleigh; his brother-in-law David E. Gillespie Jr. and his wife, Dana, of Raleigh; and his mother-in-law Margaret C. Gillespie of Raleigh. His mother, who taught him what it was to be a true southern gentleman, predeceased him in 2001. He was a man of integrity, honesty, loyalty and unceasing energy.
Bill's passion was golf. He continued to display the beauty of an elegant golf swing at his beloved Carolina Country Club and Blowing Rock Country Club. Nothing was finer than to enjoy a round at Blowing Rock and get home to relax on the porch and look at "his mountain," unless of course he could fit in a Carolina game before getting on the golf course. He was a master trip planner and as recently as this month had planned a trip to play golf in Scotland with 12 friends, a trip unfortunately that he never had the chance to complete. He loved his church, White Memorial Presbyterian, and looked forward to ushering, driving the church van and singing the old hymns. And, he loved a good party. He especially enjoyed his membership in the Sphinx Club, its parties and the "feast."
The Witness to the Resurrection Service for Bill will be held Saturday, Aug. 25 at 11 am at White Memorial Presbyterian Church. The family will greet friends afterwards in the Jane Bell Gathering Space. The family also welcomes visits at the home Friday, Aug. 24 from 5-7 pm. Bill would want memorials in his name to be given to his beloved Davidson College and to White Memorial Presbyterian Church.
Arrangements by Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, Saint Mary's St. Raleigh.

Published in The News & Observer from Aug. 24 to Aug. 25, 2012.
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January 23, 2013
I was saddened to hear belatedly of Bill's passing. After working as an usher at UNC basketball games next to Bill and Jessica for many seasons, it was always a pleasure to visit with them and talk about Carolina basketball and our families. Jessica, you have my profound sympathy.
Bob Frimmel
September 15, 2012
Jessica, Hunter and Family - my wife Yvonne and I knew Bill growing up and attending school together in Reidsville. He was a special friend, always quick to share his smile and kind words. We pray that memories of those and other happy times gone by will sustain you all during his time. Your will remain in our thoughts and prayers. Jim and Yvonne Minor
Jim and Yvonne Minor
September 6, 2012
I worked with Bill on the Citizen Lawyer Task Force for the NCBA. He was a pleasure to work with and always made me feel welcome on the committee. What a loss to your family and the professional family of the NCBA. I'm so sorry to hear of his passing.
Afi Johnson-Parris
September 4, 2012
I am devastated to find out about the passing of Bill Gammon. He and his wife Jessica were such an integral part of my life through our time together from Carolina grad school to years outside Washington DC- the growing years of young professional families. I always admired Bill and Jessica and their loving relationship- they were the couple I always wanted to be. Bill was such a good man. I know that many will miss him and his contributions-especially his fanmily values.
Cam McIntyre
September 2, 2012
I took care of Mr. Gammon in the hospital, I was so saddened to hear of his passing. My prayers are with the family. May God comfort you during this difficult time.
Kathleen Underwood RN
Kathleen Underwood
September 1, 2012
Elise and my thoughts and prayers are with you.
Greg Johnson
August 29, 2012
Bill was a great lawyer and even better person. We worked in the same practice group at Nelson Mullins. He will be sorely missed. He was a man of good humor, wisdom, and optimism.
William Hubbard
August 29, 2012
To Jessica and all. News of Bill's passing reached me in Vero Beach, FL just yesterday. I'm so sorry. While this goes back to the mid 1990s, I remember Bill and Jessica as a happy couple, and I remember their home as a warm and welcoming place. I also remember gratefully the 'heels tickets that would trickle down to us young lawyers on occasion, usually after the game had already started. Joy and I would race west on 1-40, grab the first parking spot we could find, and run across campus in hopes of catching the second half of the game. Fun memories provided by Bill.
nick thomas
August 28, 2012
I first met Bill in 1979 and we worked together for several years in the 1980s. We once tried a case together in the Eastern District of Virginia. It was a very challenging case but we persevered and, in the end, we lost big! Nevertheless, the case has great memories for me because working with Bill was so rewarding. He was always calm, relaxed, even-keeled. He was a good man - that is the ultimate compliment as far as I am concerned. My deepest sympathies to his family and his friends.
Bobby Moore
August 28, 2012
Jessica and family,
I enjoyed getting to know Bill during my 3 year term on the NCBA Board of Governors. Our friendship started when he came up to me at my first meeting, introduced himself, and wanted to learn about me and get to know me. Our freindship continued, and whenever I saw him, he always had a big hello for me, and always wanted to know what was going on in Smithfield and Beaufort. He did a wonderful job heading up the Citizen Lawyer Task Force, which has been of great service to the Bar Association, and which has encouraged other lawyers to participate in public service. I will miss seeing him, and our friendship, and wanted to extend my sincere condolances to you and your faimily.
Brad Schulz
August 28, 2012
Jessica and family, I had met Bill through Lane and enjoyed his company. I'm so sorry for his untimely death. I hope you receive all the love and support you need now and as you cope in the future. And may your memories bring you comfort.
Mary Altpeter
August 28, 2012
Bill was opposing counsel in a large case in Greenville, NC. He was always a gentleman and represented his client well. I also remember his great sense of humor. Condolences to his family on his untimely passing.
Ron Robey, Atlanta, GA
August 27, 2012
Bill was a law partner, occasional golfing companion and friend. My deepest sympathies go out to Jessica and the entire Gammon family. Bill was a good lawyer and a very decent human being. He left us way too soon and he will be sorely missed.
Bob Fitzgerald
August 26, 2012
jessica--you may not remember me--i was married to billy taylor in davidson. we always were at the beta house with all of you. i was very shocked and saddened by bill 's death. he was always one of my favorites--such a nice , kind person -as were you. the guys had a grand time playing football together-and i know we had a grand time celebrating their wins and losses together. please accept my deepest sympathy and sorrow for the love of your sweet bill. love to you and your family. teena taylor
teena taylor
August 25, 2012
Jessica and family......so sorry to learn about your loss. Obviously you had a most wonderful, loving relationship with Bill. You always spoke so highly of him. Please know that I am sure all of your East66 friends have you and your family in their prayers for his healing touch and grace. love Becky & Tommy
Becky DeLeo Meleney
August 25, 2012
Jessica and Family........so sorry to learn of your loss. What a wonderful, loving relationship you obviously enoyed with this wonderful man. I feel confident that all of your East Meck. 1966 classmates are thinking about you and praying for your comfort and Gods Blessing.

sincerely, Becky & Tommy Meleney 704-890-6314
August 25, 2012
"Coach" and I shared the love of Tar Heel athletics and his enthusiasm was infectious. I will think of him every time I sit down in Kenan and the Dean Dome. I was shocked when I picked up the N&O.
Chuck Darsie
Chuck Darsie
August 24, 2012
Jessica, Know how saddened I have been about your sudden loss of your wonderful husband..Reading the comments and the obituary truly makes one realize what a Special Man he was.. Know that you and Meg are special in my heart and prayers..May his Service be a True Celebration of Life..I know it will be Holy and Special...God Bless you and your family...With deep love for you during this difficult time...
Molly Swan
August 24, 2012
Bill and I played football together at Davidson. Bill died too soon; it cuts the heart. He was forthright, tenacious, resourceful, and good hearted. The shock of hearing about Bill's death today also reminds me of moments in my life when he expressed these qualities and how they impacted my life in positive ways. Jessica, please accept my deepest sympathy to you and yours in this time of bereavement.
George Hannen
August 24, 2012
I've not seen Bill in 40 years but I have never forgotten the warmth of his smile and the unconditional love that shown through his eyes. May God bless him and ease the bereavement that must be felt by his family.
Jimmy McCollum
August 24, 2012
Jessica and Family,

I am saddened by the loss of Bill. He was a truly nice person and I enjoyed our playing days at Davidson and the fraternity. I hope God will bless you and guide you in the days ahead.
Hank Strickland
August 24, 2012
I will remember Bill as a dedicated advocate and good friend. I knew him only a few years but was quickly impressed with his integrity and his enormous heart. Bill loved his family, his golf and his Tarheel teams and lived life large. Good for him! I wish him peace and to his family my condolences and understanding how he will missed.
Tom Hicks
August 24, 2012
Bill beat me up regularly on the football practice field at Davidson and would then be my gracious good friend at a fraternity mixer. As others have said, he was the epitome of hard work and smooth Southern charm. I will picture him and Jessica doing the shag on the dance floor at reunions. We will miss you Bill Gammon.
Gary Hemric
August 24, 2012
A wonderful man and a true southern gentleman. I enjoyed working for him at MVA.

My prayers are with his lovely family and friends.

My God bless you during this difficult time.

Nancy L.
August 24, 2012
Jessica and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Bill was a close and dear friend since our Jr. High days. We played football together for 5 years and golf for many more. He was not only a true friend, but one of the finest people I've known. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Ken Yount
Ken Yount
August 24, 2012
You did such an amazing job on the obituary, Jessica, capturing Bill in every way. I am so fortunate to have known him and for Pete and our girls to have known him. Pete has welcomed him to Heaven, and I am here for you in every way. Love, love, love to you and to Meg. The two of you will be even more important to each other. May God surround you with His love through your wonderful friends, your strong faith and your loving and caring church family. I love you so much, Fran
August 24, 2012
Bill and I lost touch over the years since Davidson. I see from the obituary that he had plenty to keep him busy. Fortunately we had a chance to reconnect in planning the last big Davidson reunion. He will be sorely missed.
--Karl Bauknight, '70
August 24, 2012
Didn't know about the pancreatitis. Grateful for his organizing the blog @ 40th. Grace and Peace to family and friends. Jim Hinshaw '70
August 24, 2012
The Gammon Family:

Our hearts are so tender for your loss of Bill during this very difficult time. Our prayers are with you and your family. Our heartfelt sympathy to all of you. I have worked with Bill for 20+ years and I will never ever forget him. He was an extremely wonderful man. Knowing that he is with God may help comfort you during this very difficult time.
Nancy & Shannon Wilmot
August 24, 2012
Bill learned well the lessons from his mother and was to us the epitome of the southern gentleman. He was extremely well respected and will be dearly missed.
Jerry Kroll
August 24, 2012
Saying prayers and thinking of the Gammon family during this hard time. Mr. Gammon was an amazing man.
August 24, 2012
My Best, Ken Crews Beta 70
August 24, 2012
Jess; Denny and I are so saddened by your loss of Bill. We have such fond memories.You and family will be in our thoughts and prayers. Lots of Love.
Denny & Karen Cooke
August 24, 2012
Jessica, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Seeing you and Bill at Davidson and NCBA events was always a high point of the event. Bill's warm greetings would include news from our great class of 1970 or the law school. He was truly the consummate Davidsonian and a fine Southern gentleman.

Dan McLawhorn
Dan McLawhorn
August 24, 2012
Jessica and family, I am praying for you and Meg and family through this time and know with your faith, family and friends you will find strength. Marion Gunnell
Marion Gunnell
August 24, 2012
Jessica, I'm so sorry to hear about Bill. I'm going to miss him as I'm sure you do already. I will always remember our good times at Davidson-some of my best ever!!
Steve Butler
August 24, 2012
Hunter Rice
August 24, 2012
Bill was the absolute Number 1 North Carolina Tarheel we ever met. To us, he was a great mentor, scholar, teacher and role model... Not a day goes by that something positive he shared with me as a young, inexperienced pup helps me in my professional and personal life... We shall always cherish him in our hearts and remember him to others in our words...We celebrate his life and rejoice that he is in a new, peaceful, happy home...We offer our deepest sympathies and prayers to the Gammon family... Affectionately, Mary and Ray Sparrow (Oakton VA)
August 24, 2012
Bill's life spoke volumes about the man he was. He will be greatly missed by all of us who were privileged to have been touched by his friendship.
Sara Combs McCollum
August 24, 2012
Thought the world of Bill. Martha Kay, a high school class mate of Bill's, and I, who played high school football with bill, will have you and your family in our hearts and prayers.
Stuart Powell
August 24, 2012
Jessica and family:
So sorry to see the notice in the N&O. thinking of you and hoping for best during this difficult time.
May God bless.
Deatra Younce
August 24, 2012
Bill was a classmate of mine at RSHS,Reidsville....He was a true gentleman and so easy to talk with.I am so happy we were all together for our 45th Class reunion last september,we had a great time.He will be missed.Happy Homecoming to see our Savior,Love to you Bill.Joyce Harrelson Hale
joyce h hale
August 23, 2012
a wonderful marriage
August 23, 2012
Bill was an amazing person with such passion for his interests, whether those were golf, volunteer work, love of sports, devotion to the schools he attended, or his law practice. He had a wonderful sense of humor and a generous spirit. His defining feature, however, was his love of his family. May Bill rest in peace and may Jessica, Meg, Bryan, and family find strength in their faith and life communities. He will be missed!
Deborah Bouchoux
August 23, 2012
Jessica and family,

Bill and I worked closely together on a number of cases when he was at LM&M. I have very fond memories of his good work and joy for life. I'm so sorry to hear of his passing and share in your grief. With deep affection and esteem.
Don Moore
Don Moore
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