William "Bill" Robert Gable

November 7, 1921November 3, 2019

William Robert Gable was born in Gordon, Pennsylvania, to the late William Albert and Mary Boltz Gable on November 7, 1921, the youngest of their four children.

Bill related that from the age of four he knew that he wanted to be a church organist and choir director.

War intervened. Bill Gable entered service in the Army Air Corps in 1942. He served in campaigns in India and China, achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant, and was awarded four medals, including the Bronze Star. While still in the Reserves, Bill met his wife of 68 years in 1949, Virginia Wott, while both were students at Westminster Choir College. Two sons were born to Bill and Ginny, Gordon in 1951 and Richard in 1953. Bill received his Masters’ Degree in Religious Music, but was called to return to active duty for service during the Korean War.

Upon separation from the Air Force, Bill achieved his dream by becoming Minister of Music for Central Baptist Church in Hartford, Connecticut, a post he held for 22 years. In 1974, Bill and Ginny moved to Nashville, Tennessee where they served at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.

A man of generous nature, Bill was an active member of the American Guild of Organists and a 50 plus year Mason. He was active in every aspect of Masonry, including serving as a Past Master. He was also a 33rd Degree Scottish Rite Mason and was the Grand Organist for many years. He was a member of the Shrine as well as A Knight Templar. Bill was also active in several chapters of the Eastern Star. He and Ginny also enjoyed traveling on adventures to Europe, Asia, and Africa.

Bill leaves to cherish his memory his sister, two sons, two granddaughters, six grandsons, and seven great-grandchildren. His spirit will live on in the kindness and humor that was shown to all of us.

The viewing will be 6:00 PM, Thursday, November 7th, 2019, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 525 Sneed Road, Nashville, Tennessee; memorial service to follow at 7:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to Shriners Hospitals for Children at in honor of Bill Gable.


  • Visitation Thursday, November 7, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, November 7, 2019


William "Bill" Robert Gable

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Maxine Felts

November 7, 2019

Speaking for all my family, we treasure the memories we have of you, Bill, and wish you peace and contentment along with laughter and smiles. May God bless you and keep you.

Linda Mullins

November 6, 2019

It is so sad for us to lose such a fine gentleman, but we are so glad to know he is with Jesus. Though I only spent time with them at Eastern Star meetings, I always enjoyed Bill and Ginny. The short time was definitely quality time, as they enlivened and enlightened every conversation. Their tireless service in all they did will be remembered by all who were fortunate to know them.
Bill conducted my initiation into Claiborne Chapter in 2000, and spoke the Obligation flawlessly. Though I knew very little of how Eastern Star works, I recognized his talent and dedication. His example is a fine one to follow.
God bless your family as you mourn your loss and celebrate his life well spent.

Carole Allen

November 6, 2019

Bill will surely be missed for he served his country, was a wonderful Christian, husband, father, and friend. He was a remarkable musician and shared his talent with many! Thank you Bill and Ginny!

Linda Rudy

November 6, 2019

Both Bill and Ginny were members of Rock City Chapter #2, Order of the Eastern Star. Our meetings were very much enhanced by their presence as well as their gifts of music. They shared their love of music with many other Chapters and with Grand Chapter. Bill was a true gentleman and will be sorely missed but fondly remembered.

Pam Kirthlink

November 5, 2019

Thinking of the family at this time.


Linda Gable

November 5, 2019

I'm so grateful for Dad's influence on Gordon's life, helping to mold my husband into the man of faith, gentleness, humor, and strength that he is today. Thanks, Dad!