While resting peacefully at home, C. Gattis Bullard, Jr., age 84, went to Heaven on October 30, 2018 at sunset.
Born on March 8, 1934 in Butters (Bladen County), NC to Helen Drawdy Bullard and Cecil Gattis Bullard, Sr., Gattis was the first of three sons. He was predeceased by his parents, as well as his two brothers, Franklin Bullard of Scotland Neck, NC and Malcolm Bullard of High Point, NC.
Growing up in Greensboro, Gattis was a member of BSA Troop 12 of the General Greene Council.
In 1953, Gattis graduated from Greensboro Senior High School (now Grimsley), where he played the french horn in the concert and marching bands under the guidance of renown director Herbert Hazelman. While attending High Point University from 1953-57, he played in the band and was a member of the golf team. Gattis honorably served his country in the U.S. Army with two years on active duty and eight years in the Army Reserve, achieving the rank of Sergeant.
Gattis married the love of his life, his “sweetheart” as he called her, Joanne Haase Bullard, on January 30, 1959 at Ebenezer Lutheran Church in Greensboro. Like his father and uncle, Gattis entered the life insurance business after college. He worked his way up from salesman, to staff manager and then to District Manager for Life of Virginia, serving in Greensboro, Charlotte, Richmond, and New Orleans. In 1976, he requested a transfer to Salisbury, NC to be closer to his and Joanne’s parents and siblings. Following his retirement from Life of Virginia, Gattis worked another 15 years for Liberty Life Insurance Company.
During his 42 years in Rowan County, Gattis was a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Organ Lutheran Church, and St. John’s Lutheran Church, serving on the Church Council, member of the church choir, handbell choir, and the St. John’s Men’s Choir.
Gattis was a member of the Keller Memorial Masonic Lodge, the Rowan Shrine Club, and the Oasis Shrine Club in Charlotte. For over 12 years, Gattis proudly played the french horn in the Oasis Shrine Band, helping to raise money for the Shriner’s Hospitals for Children.
Gattis is survived by Joanne, his loving and devoted wife of 59 years; his adoring daughters and sons-in-law, Teresa Bullard East (Kevin) and Angela Bullard Fox (Mike); and grandchildren, Robert Gattis Gram, Anna East, Jacob Gram, Holton East, Elizabeth Gram, Caroline Gram, Isabel Fox, Amelia Fox, and Abby Fox.
Gattis was a wonderful and faithful companion to Joanne, doting on her and their daughters and grandchildren. Together with his family over the years, Gattis enjoyed boating and skiing at their lake house, vacationing at the beach, fishing, traveling the world, and passionately supporting his children and grandchildren in every way, including at sporting events, recitals, graduations, confirmations, concerts, and in their careers.
Loving and living life to the fullest, Gattis fought valiantly for many years against serious illnesses, including advanced prostate cancer over the past two years. The family would like to thank his caregivers, Regina Everhart, Misty Isaac, LuAnn Taylor, Cindi Glenn, and Sharon Reinhardt, as well as many other friends and neighbors who supported them during his battle.
Gattis, aka Daddy/Papa/Grandpa will forever be remembered for his unconditional love, fiercely protective nature, feisty spirit, compassion for all, quick wit, and his unwavering love of God and our country. He will be missed every minute of every day until we join him in Heaven.
Visitation with the family will be held Monday, November 5, 2018, from 10:30-11:30am at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Salisbury, NC in Peeler Hall. A Celebration of Life will follow in St. John’s sanctuary at 12:00 noon, followed by Interment at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Greensboro at 3:00pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be mailed to Shriners Hospitals for Children, Attn: Office of Development, 2900 N. Rocky Point Dr, Tampa FL 33607 or online at www.donate.lovetotherescue.org.
Powles Staton Funeral Home of Rockwell is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made at www.powlesfuneralhome.com.
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