William Joseph "Bill" Gash

Born in Parkin, AR on July 26, 1933

Departed on January 26, 2016 and resided in White House, TN

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Mr. William Joseph “Bill” Gash---role model as a father and husband, grandfather, brother, retired LtCol of the U.S. Marine Corps; highly decorated Vietnam veteran, jet and helicopter pilot, teacher---died on January 26, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.  He was 82.

Bill was born in Parkin, Arkansas on July 26, 1933 to Eugene and Gretchen Crook Gash.  He found his calling serving our country in the U.S. Marine Corps where he was hand-picked out of the entire USMC to be aide to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research and Development for Naval and Marine Corp aircraft.  He will be remembered for his love of country and his commitment to teaching in all aspects of life.  He loved to share and give so others could benefit.  The five things that Bill never lacked were dedication, determination, character, honor and integrity.  Bill could often be seen riding motorcycles, working outdoors with Lynn, hunting, playing tennis, playing with their German Shepherd Duke, reading or watching college football.

Bill is survived by his devoted wife, Lynn Gash; daughter and son-in-law, Valerie Gash and Brian Hall, son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Tacy Gash; grandchildren, Kristina Hall, Christian Gash-Hall, Katelyn Gash-Hall, Shelby Gash; sisters, Francye Lillard and Stephanie Gay-Mitchell

On Sunday, January 31st, family and friends will gather from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. to pay their respect and honor the memory of William Joseph Gash at Cole & Garrett Funeral Home in White House, TN.

Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, February 1st at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, 1729 Stop Thirty Road, Hendersonville, TN, Fr Eric Fowlkes Celebrant.

Committal Service at 1:00 p.m. Monday, February 1, 2016 at the Nashville National Cemetery on Gallatin Road with Military Honors.

Arrangements by Cole & Garrett Funeral Home, 212 Hwy 76, White House, TN  615-672-3936

4 Comments to William Joseph "Bill" Gash

  1. Mrs. George A. West (Ann)
    January 29, 2016 4:28 pm

    Mrs. Gash I was so sorry to hear of Mr. Gash’s death. He was such a wonderful man and always such a help with our horse. If I can be of any assistants please let me know. I lost Mr. West last April and it has been very difficult these last several months. My prayers are with you and God will give you peace and help. Mrs. Ruth D. (Ann) West.

  2. Nicole Sivley Berry
    January 30, 2016 12:18 am

    Coach Gash was an inspiration to so many. He was my tennis coach, mentor, and much like a grandfather. He motivated the White House 2006 tennis team to always strive to be the best. He had so much energy on the tennis court. He’ll always hold a special place in my heart as I know he will many of his former tennis players. I keep you, Mrs. Gash and his children, in my prayers.
    Love, Nicole Sivley Berry

  3. Bob & Cecilia (Cece) Carnahan
    January 30, 2016 8:44 am

    Lynn, Cecilia and I send our sincere condolences on the passing of Bill. I will always cherish the times that you and Bill took the time to allow us to visit and especially the days we were able to play tennis together. Bill helped a great deal in giving me direction in my life and was a large part of my decision to join the Navy back in 1982. I always enjoyed his stories of when he was in the service. He was an inspiration to many and will be dearly missed.

    I am sorry that Cecil and I cannot make it to the services as we are once again serving here in Misawa AB Japan which is where I started my first overseas Navy tour at back during 1983.

    May the Lord bring comfort to you and the family during this time.

    John 10:27-30 King James Version (KJV)

    27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
    28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
    29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.
    30 I and my Father are one.

    God bless.

  4. Josie Crafton Jarratt
    February 5, 2016 8:35 pm

    Bill Gash was a fine man. We starting teaching around the same time. This was my first career and his second. We had many talks about our kids at WHHS. He was a patriot and an educator. There will never be another like him.

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