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July 30, 1924 ~ December 16, 2021


William “Leon” Gatlin, age 97, of Griffin, Georgia passed away Thursday, December 16, 2021 at Eternal Hope Hospice.

Leon was born in Griffin, Georgia on July 30, 1924. He is preceded in death by his parents, Willie U. Gatlin, Sr. and Nora Corley Gatlin; sister and brothers, Betty Ethridge, Bobby Gatlin and Willie Gatlin. Mr. Gatlin was a proud veteran of the United States Army. He served in WWII and was presented a Purple Heart medal for his act of bravery. He retired as a Teacher from Russell High School with over 30 years. Mr. Gatlin’s hobbies were cooking, traveling to Paris France, Opera, listening to classical music and above all his family and church family. He was a member of Church of Our Savior in Atlanta, Georgia.

Survivors include his nephew, Arthur Ethridge and wife, Phyllis; great-nieces and nephew, Mindy Turner and husband, Brian, Chip Ethridge and partner, Lisa Athon and Katie Ethridge; great-grandnephew, Harrison Turner.

Visitation will be Monday, December 20, 2021 from 10:00 am- 11:00 am at Conner-Westbury Funeral Home. A memorial service will follow at 11:00 am in the chapel. Father Christopher Miller will officiate. Interment will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Church of Our Savior Church in Atlanta, 1068 North Highland Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30306.

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December 20, 2021
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Conner-Westbury Funeral Home
1891 West McIntosh Road
Griffin, GA 30223

December 20, 2021
11:00 AM to TBD
Chapel of Conner-Westbury Funeral Home
1891 W. McIntosh Rd.
Griffin, GA 30223

Oak Hill Cemetery
797 Memorial Drive
Griffin, GA 30223

William Leon Gatlin