Charles "Bruce" Gamble

August 4, 1924June 12, 2013
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Funeral for Charles "Bruce" Gamble, 88, of Decatur will be Saturday, June 15, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Roselawn Funeral Home with the Reverend Rudy Guess of First United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in Roselawn Cemetery. Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

Mr. Gamble died Wednesday, June 12, 2013. Bruce lived an incredible and full life. He was born August 4, 1924, in Remlap, Alabama, to Anderson Eugene and Mary Bertha Gamble. Bruce attended Woodlawn High School in Birmingham where he played baseball and football. He had a 40-year career pitching fastpitch softball all over the world in the industrial leagues and for the army. Bruce pitched and managed his army team to the All-Army Championship and to the Softball World Championship where he pitched 19 scoreless innings in a 1-0 loss to the world champion Clearwater Bombers. In 2010, Bruce was unanimously selected for induction into the Central Alabama Amateur Softball Hall of Fame in Birmingham.

Bruce served his country for 24 years as special operations Army Ranger and paratrooper jumpmaster instructor. He served during three wars: World War II, the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War. In the 1960s, he returned to Woodlawn High School as the ROTC instructor. After retiring from the U.S. Army, he started Scottsboro Glass Company and was a partner in North Alabama Glass Company and Huntsville Glass Company.

He was an outgoing and active member in a number of local civic organizations including the Austin Lions Club, VFW, Elks Club, and a founding member and past president of the Fraternal Order of Eagles.

Mr. Gamble was preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Marian Kennedy Gamble. He is survived by two sisters, Helen O'Barr and Imogene Ready, both of Birmingham; three sons, Kenneth Gamble and wife, Sharon, Kevin Gamble and Brian Gamble and wife, Denise Andrew, all of Decatur. He has six grandchildren, Jackson Gamble, Georgia Gamble, Alison Gamble, Kay Gamble, Brittany Fontaine and Morgan Gamble, all of Decatur, and ten great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Johnny Atkins, Don Dickens, Jim Little, Russell King, Sid Morris, Tony Murphy and John Randy Presswood.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests memorial donations be made to Hospice of the Valley, 214 Johnston Street SE, Decatur, AL 35601 or Meals on Wheels, 1510 4th Avenue SE, Decatur, AL 35601.


  • Visitation Saturday, June 15, 2013
  • Funeral Service Saturday, June 15, 2013

Charles "Bruce" Gamble

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Lori Reina

September 28, 2013

You will always be remembered.

June 21, 2013

to his new beginning and all of the cherished memories!

joanne kevin mullican

June 16, 2013

Kevin knew Bruce better than Idid but, from what short time Idid know him he was very sweet and kind man always smiling Iknow he will be greatly missed by alot of people.May GOD bless the whole family and dry your tears love and prayers joanne and kevin

Jason Boyd

June 16, 2013

Bruce was a great man. I really will miss sitting and talking to him.

Tony Camp

June 16, 2013

You we're a very nice and personable friend Bruce. We'll miss you at the River City Eagles Brother!

lynn boyd

June 16, 2013

I am so sorry for the passing of Bruce, he was such a wonderful person and I have always loved him so much! Have so many great memories of him. I just found out about this or I would have been there! He will be missed by so many--he has touched so many lives in so many ways!

Brenda Parker

June 15, 2013

Ken, Brian, Kevin and Family,
Bruce was a super #1 boss. I loved working with him. I loved all the stories he told us over the years and he was always so pleasant. He could also tell you if you were doing something wrong without getting mad, but he got the message across. Every one loved him.I will miss him more than you will ever know and may God bless you all with all the good memories.

Bonnie & Tommy Collins

June 15, 2013

Ken, Kevin and Brian, I am so sorry to hear of Bruce's passing. He was a wonderful man, I enjoyed knowing him, and the stories he would tell. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

Ron and Sharon Johnston

June 15, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. We will miss seeing and talking to Bruce.

Mike & Yvette Klooster

June 14, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.