The son of the late Vinnie Lee and Thomas Milton Gatlin, he was a graduate of DuPont High School and earned a chemistry degree from George Peabody College.
He went on to a successful career in the pharmaceutical industry. Following his retirement, Mr. Gatlin enjoyed life on a small acreage in Mt. Juliet tending to a few head of livestock and gardening. He was a member of Cook's United Methodist Church in Mt. Juliet for 45 years, and most recently taught the adult Bible Study Class.
Visitation with the family will be between the hours of 1-2 p.m. Wednesday at the church. Interment will follow the services at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Martha Ann; children Sharon, Thomas, Susan, Jonathan (Julie), Connie (David) and David (Marie).
Also surviving are grandchildren Jeff, John, Tommie Kay, Greg, Amy, Rachael, Dillon, Ashley, Collin, Hayley, Christina and Sarah; great-grandchildren, Tanner and Sydney.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by siblings Katherine Jones, Mary Huff and Nolen Gatlin.
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet.