Forest Lawn Funeral Home & Memorial Garden

5755 Mallory Road, College Park, GA


Jimmie Ruth Gamble

December 15, 1927March 11, 2020

Jimmie Ruth Spates Gamble, 92, of Atlanta, Georgia, passed away peacefully on March 11, 2020 at her home, with her daughter and caregiver by her side.

Ms. Gamble was born on December 15, 1927 in Whitesville, Alabama. She was a member of Pinetree Park Baptist Church until her health declined and she could no longer attend. She continued to read and study her bible daily. She retired from Georgia Tech as a clerk in the textbook department, where she was lovingly referred to as Grandma.Her interests included family, gardening, sewing, reading, and bird watching, especially red birds.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, J.W. Gamble. She is survived by her four children, her son Wayne Gamble and his wife Dianne, her daughter Elaine Gamble Smith, her son Joel Gamble, and her son Timothy Gamble and his wife Lynn; eight grandchildren, Jon Gamble and his wife Amy, Wendy (Gamble) Byars and her husband Jon, Adam Smith and his wife Marsha, Jennifer (Smith) Burch and her husband Eric, Jordan Gamble, Tyler Gamble, Connor Gamble, and Dylan Gamble; and eight great-grandchildren, Bryant Gamble, Coleman Gamble, Jacob Byars, Morgan Byars, Sophie Smith, Mila Smith, Bryson Burch, and Carson Burch.


  • Visitation Saturday, March 14, 2020
  • Funeral Service Saturday, March 14, 2020
  • Committal Service Saturday, March 14, 2020


Jimmie Ruth Gamble

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Rhonda Martin Cannon

March 14, 2020

I have such fond memories of Mrs. Gamble living on Hilltop Drive in Lakewood. We lived right across the street from them, always playing and hanging out with Tim. Riding together in her station wagon to Brewer Elementary. A simpler time of life! Sorry for the loss of your mom but the good news is she is whole and happy with Jesus. We’ll all be together forever! Love y’all!

Gaye Miller

March 13, 2020

Elaine and family,
I am so sorry for the loss of GiGi. I had the pleasure of getting to know her just a couple of years ago at your family Christmas gatherings. She was such a sweet and precious lady. She was full of life and joy. I know Heaven has welcomed her sweet spirit. I rejoice knowing she is with other family and friends who have gone on before her. I can only imagine. Much love to all of you during this time. I know you will treasure the sweet memories made with her time here on earth.