William S. Gambrell PDF Print E-mail

1SG William (Bill) Shermont Gambrell, United States Army Retired, 92, stepped into the presence of our Lord on Wednesday, September 2, 2020 with his family tending him in his home in Little Mountain, South Carolina. Bill was a Veteran of WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed gardening and fishing. An outdoor celebration of his life, or as he requested, “a party,” will be planned in the Spring for family and friends to gather to remember him.

Bill was born September 17, 1927 in Clinton, South Carolina. He was the son of Althea Blankenship and Ottis L. Foster, and the late Floyd Gambrell. In addition to his loving parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Doris Johnson Gambrell; son-in-law, James Dean; Great-Grandson, Lon Gambrell, III; sisters, Margaret Blumer, Lena Motelle Epting, Ruby Basden, and Ruth Davis; brothers, Carl Gambrell and Jack Gambrell.

1SG Gambrell is survived by his four children, Lon (Dorothy) Gambrell of Whitmire, Sherry (Robert) Waters of Prosperity, Belinda Dean of Chapin, and Catherine (Lawrence) Russell of Little Mountain. He was loved by his 9 grandchildren, 19 great- grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers please send donations in his memory to the American Heritage Foundation, 3830 Forest Drive, Suite 207, Columbia, SC 28204.



#7 Steve McAlister 2020-09-09 14:30
Ms. Cathie and Col. Larry, It was both an honor and pleasure to have known 1SGT Bill Gambrell. He was a true American Patriot. I enjoyed the time that I spent with him at our parades. We will be praying for you and your family during this difficult time.
#6 Robert Booth 2020-09-06 08:21
Ms. Cathie and Col. Larry, I am very saddened to hear of the passing of Mr. Bill. I am praying for the family especially you Ms. Cathie and Col. Larry.
1ST SGT, I am honored to have known you Sir and to have spent time with you at the parades and our Christmas gatherings. Your sense of Duty Honor and courage reflects on your love for country and fellow soldiers. For you to have served in three wars only reinforces our understanding of your commitment to us all. Rest easy 1ST SGT, know that I will stand guard until relieved of my duties.
Thanks,Pvt. Robert SEMPER FI
Bill. I am praying for the family and especially you miss Kathy and Colonel Larry.
#5 Nelson McLeod 2020-09-05 16:49
Cathie and Larry,
I consider it an honor to have met Bill and been able to participate in a few parades with him. Prayers for the Gambrell and Russell families.
#4 Lindsey Basden 2020-09-05 06:52
Together again all. Rest - in - Peace Uncle Bill!
#3 Bob &MaryyAnn Russe 2020-09-04 22:24
We meet Bill just a couple of times. we found him to be a pretty nice man. Had a interesting sense of humor. He was proud of his service and loved his country. This soldier will be truly missed.
#2 M. Gay Suber 2020-09-04 21:56
I am saddened each time I learn of the passing of a member of the Greatest Generation and a World War II veteran, however, the passing of Mr. Bill is especially saddening. Not only was he a WWII veteran, but he was a Korean War veteran as well as a Vietnam War veteran. Also, he had lived in my home town, Whitmire, and knew my father. He took the time to tell me some fun stories about my dad and his Days in Whitmire. God rest this American patriot's soul. Gay Suber.
#1 Rhonda Lindler 2020-09-04 09:20
Cathy and family,
We are so sorry to hear about your father's death. Praying for God's peace.
Billy, Rhonda, Jonathan, and Brett