Alyce P. Gatling

Published 4:24 pm Friday, October 18, 2013

MURFREESBORO – Mrs. Alyce Perry Gatling passed away Thursday, October 17, 2013 at Vidant Roanoke-Chowan Hospital.

Mrs. Gatling was a devoted member of Murfreesboro Baptist Church that she loved dearly. She especially loved cooking and feeding church families. Mrs. Gatling was a member of Fanny Underwood Circle and a member of the Mixon Sunday School Class. She was a faithful telephone visitor and loved gardening. She also loved her family dearly.

Mrs. Gatling was born on July 19, 1924 to the late Vandy B. and Bert Hobbs Perry. She was also preceded in death by her husband, James Hartwell Gatling, Jr.; her son, James H. Gatling, III; six sisters, Mary Wynn, Ethel Johnson, Garnet Forbes, Vivian Myers, Doris Myers, and Ruth Chamblee; and two brothers, Carl and Raymond Cowan.

Left to cherish her memory are three daughters; Betty Jean G. Baum and her husband, Johnnie, of Frisco; Louise G. Smith and her husband, Larry, of Williamsburg, VA, and Cheryl G. Chamblee and her husband, Earl, of Ahoskie; one daughter-in-law, Patsy Gatling; seven grandchildren, Teri Tench and her husband Charlie of Charles City, VA, Keith Bowden and his wife Ronda of Portsmouth, VA, Lisa Reynolds and her husband Phil of Virginia Beach, VA, Kevin Bowden of Kill Devil Hills, Larry William Smith, Jr. and his wife Amy of Hayes, VA, Phillip Askew and his wife Amber of Hertford, and Marcus Gatling and his friend Connie of Richmond, VA; 18 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren along with a very special friend, T.K. Warren.

The funeral service for Mrs. Gatling will be Sunday, October 20, 2013, at 3:00 p.m. at Murfreesboro Baptist Church, Murfreesboro, with the Rev. Lee Canipe officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church and burial will follow the service at Riverside Cemetery in Murfreesboro.

Memorial donations may be made to your favorite charity in memory of Mrs. Gatling.

Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service in Ahoskie is handling the arrangements for the Gatling Family and online condolences may be directed to them at