William Hunter Gammon

July 16, 1948August 23, 2012

William Hunter Gammon of Raleigh died Aug. 23 of complications from acute pancreatitis. Born July 16, 1948 in Norfolk, VA to Hunter Oakley Gammon and Nancy Watkins Gammon, Bill was a proud graduate of Davidson College and an avid supporter of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He was a recognized leader in the field of Construction Law in North Carolina and a generous volunteer with the Rex Hospital Foundation, working on the Rex Hospital Open and heading its affiliate Corporate Challenge for many years. Bill graduated in 1970 from Davidson, where he was the center on the football team which captured a Southern Conference title in l969. He went on to law school at UNC, graduating in 1973. While in law school, he followed his love and passion for football by serving as a graduate assistant under Coach Bill Dooley and accompanying the team on three consecutive bowl trips. He then began his law career clerking for N.C. Supreme Court Justice Carlisle Higgins from 1973-1974 before serving four years with the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps. He then was in private practice in Washington, D.C. for 11 years, most of those years with Lewis Mitchell and Moore. While in Washington, he earned a Master of Law at George Washington University, though he would be the first to tell you that if there was not a parking place around the law school when he went into D.C. for class, he would find his way home early! He returned to his beloved North Carolina in 1989 to join Moore and Van Allen, PLLC in Raleigh and practiced there for 14 years, serving on the firm’s executive committee for five years. In 2003, he joined Nelson Mullins Riley and Scarborough, where he practiced at the time of his death. He was currently serving a three-year term on the N.C. Bar Association Board of Governors and its Foundation Board of Directors. He previously chaired the Construction Law Section and took great pride in leading the Bar’s Citizen Lawyer Task Force. He was currently serving as the co-chair of the Carolinas AGC/NCBA Construction Section Joint Committee. In 2012 he was proud to be listed at the top of construction lawyers in Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite. He has also has been honored in Best Lawyers in America and North Carolina Super Lawyers. Bill had many loves in his life: his wife Jessica, to whom he has been a loving partner and cheerleader for 42 years; his daughter Meg Gammon Blythe, her husband Bryan, their children Margaret Davidson and William Hunter (that announcement made him cry) and their yet to be born baby brother; his father Hunter Oakley Gammon of Reidsville; his brother Tracy Watkins Gammon and his fiancée Jettaka Alexander of Greensboro; his nieces Courtney and Katie Gammon and Paige, Anna Walker and Grayson Gillespie; his sister-in-laws Lane Gillespie Cooke of Pittsboro and Mary Margaret Gillespie of Raleigh; his brother-in-law David E. Gillespie Jr. and his wife, Dana, of Raleigh; and his mother-in-law Margaret C. Gillespie of Raleigh. His mother, who taught him what it was to be a true southern gentleman, predeceased him in 2001. He was a man of integrity, honesty, loyalty and unceasing energy.

Bill’s passion was golf. He continued to display the beauty of an elegant golf swing at his beloved Carolina Country Club and Blowing Rock Country Club. Nothing was finer than to enjoy a round at Blowing Rock and get home to relax on the porch and look at “his mountain,” unless of course he could fit in a Carolina game before getting on the golf course. He was a master trip planner and as recently as this month had planned a trip to play golf in Scotland with 12 friends, a trip unfortunately that he never had the chance to complete. He loved his church, White Memorial Presbyterian, and looked forward to ushering, driving the church van and singing the old hymns. And, he loved a good party. He especially enjoyed his membership in the Sphinx Club, its parties and the “feast.”

The Witness to the Resurrection Service for Bill will be held Saturday, Aug. 25 at 11 am at White Memorial Presbyterian Church. The family will greet friends afterwards in the Jane Bell Gathering Space. The family also welcomes visits at the home Friday, Aug. 24 from 5-7 pm. Bill would want memorials in his name to be given to his beloved Davidson College and to White Memorial Presbyterian Church.

Arrangements by Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 300 Saint Mary's St. Raleigh, NC.


  • Witness to the Resurrection Service Saturday, August 25, 2012

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Bob Frimmel

January 24, 2013

I was saddened to hear belatedly of Bill's passing. After working as an usher at UNC basketball games next to Bill and Jessica for many seasons, it was always a pleasure to visit with them and talk about Carolina basketball and our families. Jessica, you have my profound sympathy.

Jim and Yvonne Minor

September 15, 2012

Jessica, Hunter and Family - my wife Yvonne and I knew Bill growing up and attending school together in Reidsville. He was a special friend, always quick to share his smile and kind words. We pray that memories of those and other happy times gone by will sustain you all during his time. Your will remain in our thoughts and prayers. Jim and Yvonne Minor

Afi Johnson-Parris

September 6, 2012

I worked with Bill on the Citizen Lawyer Task Force for the NCBA. He was a pleasure to work with and always made me feel welcome on the committee. What a loss to your family and the professional family of the NCBA. I'm so sorry to hear of his passing.

Cam McIntyre

September 5, 2012

I am devastated to find out about the passing of Bill Gammon. He and his wife Jessica were such an integral part of my life through our time together from Carolina grad school to years outside Washington DC- the growing years of young professional families. I always admired Bill and Jessica and their loving relationship- they were the couple I always wanted to be. Bill was such a good man. I know that many will miss him and his contributions-especially his fanmily values.

Kathleen Underwood

September 2, 2012

I took care of Mr. Gammon in the hospital, I was so saddened to hear of his passing. My prayers are with the family. May God comfort you during this difficult time.
Kathleen Underwood RN

Greg Johnson

September 1, 2012

Elise and my thoughts and prayers are with you.

William Hubbard

August 29, 2012

Bill was a great lawyer and even better person. We worked in the same practice group at Nelson Mullins. He will be sorely missed. He was a man of good humor, wisdom, and optimism.

nick thomas

August 29, 2012

To Jessica and all. News of Bill's passing reached me in Vero Beach, FL just yesterday. I'm so sorry. While this goes back to the mid 1990s, I remember Bill and Jessica as a happy couple, and I remember their home as a warm and welcoming place. I also remember gratefully the 'heels tickets that would trickle down to us young lawyers on occasion, usually after the game had already started. Joy and I would race west on 1-40, grab the first parking spot we could find, and run across campus in hopes of catching the second half of the game. Fun memories provided by Bill.

Bobby Moore

August 28, 2012

I first met Bill in 1979 and we worked together for several years in the 1980s. We once tried a case together in the Eastern District of Virginia. It was a very challenging case but we persevered and, in the end, we lost big! Nevertheless, the case has great memories for me because working with Bill was so rewarding. He was always calm, relaxed, even-keeled. He was a good man - that is the ultimate compliment as far as I am concerned. My deepest sympathies to his family and his friends.

Brad Schulz

August 28, 2012

Jessica and family,
I enjoyed getting to know Bill during my 3 year term on the NCBA Board of Governors. Our friendship started when he came up to me at my first meeting, introduced himself, and wanted to learn about me and get to know me. Our freindship continued, and whenever I saw him, he always had a big hello for me, and always wanted to know what was going on in Smithfield and Beaufort. He did a wonderful job heading up the Citizen Lawyer Task Force, which has been of great service to the Bar Association, and which has encouraged other lawyers to participate in public service. I will miss seeing him, and our friendship, and wanted to extend my sincere condolances to you and your faimily.