March 21, 1930 - August 28, 2020
Charles Morgan Gatlin, 90, an engineer, died Friday, August 28, 2020 in Memphis, TN.
Visitation: 12 -1 PM September 2, 2020, Wednesday at the church.
Funeral: 1 p.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church Springtown, 500 North Main St.
Burial: Goshen Cemetery in Springtown.
Memorials: First Baptist Church Springtown
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Charles was born in 1930 in rural Morgantown, Oktibbeha County, MS. He graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Mississippi State University in 1951. He married Frances Jewel Walker on October 21, 1951. After her decease in 2005, he married Peggy Reynolds on August 6, 2008. Charles made his home in the Fort Worth area from 1951 to 2016. At that time, he and Peggy moved to the Kirby Pines retirement community in Memphis, TN.
He worked for 57 years in the field of engineering, specializing in hydraulics systems, the greatest part of that time at the “Bomber Plant” in Fort Worth, TX beginning with Consolidated Vultee, which became Convair, and then General Dynamics. During the 1970’s and 80’s, he worked for Bell Helicopter Textron and Arkwin Industries, returning to General Dynamics in 1988, and retired from Lockheed Martin in the early 1990’s. From retirement until his marriage in 2008, Charlie continued to work as a contract worker on projects at Lockheed or its subcontractors. Among the many aircraft he helped design or improve were the B-58, F-111, F-16, Bell Models 206B and 206L, and the F-35. He was registered as a professional engineer.
Charles was very active in his churches in Fort Worth and Springtown, and was ordained deacon by the laying on of hands March 13, 1960. He was also a Master Mason for about 70 years, attending lodge in Fort Worth and Springtown.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances; daughter, Janet Coss; and parents, Cutcher and Minnie Lou Gatlin.
Survivors: His wife, Peggy Reynolds Gatlin; son, Charles M. Gatlin, Jr., “Chuck”; daughter, Susan E. Garrett; son-in-law Dennis Coss; stepsons Alan Reynolds, Andy Reynolds, and Chris Reynolds; stepdaughter Alisa Reynolds Worthington; sister, Nan Strohminger Caldwell; eighteen grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.
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