David Goodson Gill
1954 - 2021
March 30, 1954
April 5, 2021
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GILL, David Goodson, age 67, of McLean, Virginia, passed away on April 5, 2021.

David was the devoted and loving husband of Claudia E. Tyner Offutt Gill. He was the beloved father of Emily F. Gill and Natalie Gill Smethers (Phil), both of Richmond, Virginia; as well as the granddaddy of Philip Smethers IV. He is also survived by his brothers, Robert Gill (Daysi) of McLean, Virginia, Thomas Gill (Jane) of Stafford, Virginia and Stephen Gill (Catharine) of Oviedo, Florida; and his beloved sister, Peggy Gill Cleer (Tom) of Vienna, Virginia. Additionally, he is survived by eight nieces and nephews, Claudia's four children, their spouses and seven grandchildren, as well as many cherished friends.

David was preceded in death by his parents; and his niece, Molly Gill.

Born in Norfolk, Virginia in 1954 to Robert M. and Shirley W. Gill, David was a 1972 graduate of Washington Lee High School in Arlington, Virginia and 1976 graduate of James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. An exceptional athlete, David played basketball at both W-L and JMU. He was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Arlington, Virginia.

An award winning watercolorist for over 30 years, David's work is displayed throughout the state of Virginia and beyond. Additionally, David taught art, as well as coached football, basketball, baseball and track at Freedom High School in Woodbridge, Virginia for 14 years until his retirement in early 2021. He received the Distinguished Alumni Award from James Madison University, recognizing his professional success and artistic accomplishments in 1990. His watercolors grace the homes of many individuals.

A memorial scholarship fund is being created in David's name and will be announced at a later date.

Those wishing to view David's memorial service may do so at noon on Monday, April 12, 2021, when it will be livestreamed on Facebook at the Our Savior Lutheran Church, Arlington, Virginia's page. Friends may view and sign David's guestbook at moneyandking.com.
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Published by Richmond Times-Dispatch on Apr. 10, 2021.
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As one of hundreds who knew and adored Dave from college, I´m crushed to know that he´s passed from our world to the next. It´s a great loss for all of us still here. His innate kindness, humor, originality, and stupefying artistry left their mark, even on peripheral people like me, a classmate from the 70s. I´m so grateful to have known him, and I extend deep, heartfelt sympathy and shared grief with his family and dearest friends. What a person. Not many in this world like him. I look at his print "Letting in the Day" every morning and it has helped me, more than I can express, over the years. What a legacy, to have used his life and all his mad talent, to make other people like me feel so much better about their day. Love to his dear family and to his friends from Madison, who are like his family. Very tight bonds, and prayers for all of you. Thanks to Pam & Greg for the Madison reunion years ago, when we all sat around telling stories & laughing our heads off! He will always be remembered with that same joy and affection.
Carol Wickert Bashore
April 13, 2021
Diana, Liz, and Teresa
April 13, 2021
Dear Claudia, We just heard of David's passing and are deeply saddened by your loss. Please accept our condolences and know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Love, Cynthia and Richard
Cynthia and Richard ErkenBrack
April 12, 2021
I met David our freshman year at JMU and although we didn´t see each other often, every time was just like we had known each other all our lives. It always seemed like once you met David, you had a good friend for life. My wife and I loved his paintings and one year I called him and asked if he would do a custom painting for her at Christmas time. I told him I wanted something unique that we could hang on our wall in the family room. When I sent him the picture of a view in the Shenandoah Valley that we loved, he said "I am inspired to really do this justice". He told me he would have it around December 1 and this was my wife´s major present that year. Well, by December 22 or so David finally says it is ready, but there is a slight issue. He had gotten inspired and the painting was beautiful, it just didn´t fit in ANY SUV or car that he or I had. He had to borrow a pick up truck to deliver it and we had to rearrange our entire family room to put it on the one wall in the house it would fit. In the end it was perfect, and just like David, bigger than life and full of memories. God bless his family, the world has lost a special person.
Mike T
April 11, 2021
Claudia, I am so sorry to hear about David´s passing. I met David many years ago at Myrtle Beach. He was such a sweet, kind man. Always had a smile and kind words. I was so happy that he found you and got married, he looked so happy when I saw pictures on Facebook. I have a couple of his paintings and I will treasure them. You´re in my prayers.
Kay Creed
April 10, 2021
Our sympathy to all those who loved "Gilly" and were blessed to be a part of his life. He had such a good heart and blessed many with his talents and spirit. See you on the other side my friend.
Mario Woodard and Diane Bowman
April 10, 2021
My heart goes out to you all. David was so talented and such a wonderful person. Mom has a few of his paintings hung at her house in Lake of the Woods that always bring a sense of peace to me when I look at them. Mom (Irene Robinson) also sends love and condolences.
Robyn Robinson Cunningham
April 10, 2021