Rev. Claude Davis Gamble, Jr.

May 17, 1931 - November 22, 2022
Rev. Claude Davis Gamble, Jr.


Claude Davis Gamble, Jr., age 91 passed away Tuesday, November 22, 2022, at his home in Surf City, NC. Claude was born in Atlanta, GA on May 17, 1931, to the late Claude Davis Gamble, Sr. and Willie Mildred Nevils Gamble.

After graduating from Bass High School, Claude joined the United States Air Force and served in Alaska during the Korean war. After the Air Force, Claude attended Georgia Tech to study Architectural Engineering; however, it was during this time that he realized he was being called into the ministry. In 1968, Claude graduated from Columbia Theological Seminary in Atlanta, Georgia, with a Master’s in Divinity and began his ministry with the Presbyterian church, serving many churches throughout his career. Claude has impacted so many throughout his many years in the ministry through his leading and teaching. Upon retiring at the age of 68, he moved to Surf City, NC and began serving in a part time position as the pastor of Woodburn Presbyterian Church in Leland, NC. He held this position for the next 20 years doing what he absolutely loved, sharing and teaching the Word of God and the love of our Lord Jesus Christ. In 2020, Claude officially and completely retired at the age of 89, preaching his last sermon May 31st at Woodburn Presbyterian Church. He then began attending Chapel Bay Church in Surf City.

Claude always enjoyed sharing his amazing childhood stories with anyone that was willing to listen! Claude was a loving and devoted Husband and an amazing Father and Grandfather.

Claude is survived by his wife of 52 years, Elizabeth Sale Gamble; his brother Richard Gamble and two sisters Harriett Carney and Loretta Pruett; his children: Mary Kathryn Manning and husband Ken, William Claude Gamble and wife Sara, and Matthew Morris Gamble; his grandchildren Matthew Manning, Caroline Manning, Joshua Manning, Claudia Gamble, and Harrison Gamble.

Funeral services are planned for Saturday, November 26, 2022 at 2pm at Chapel Bay Church in Surf City led by Pastor Nathan Swartz. Claude will be laid to rest in the Coastal Carolina State Veterans Cemetery, Jacksonville, NC.

The family will receive family and friends one hour prior to the service at Chapel Bay Church.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations be made to the Chapel Bay Church in honor of Claude.

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  • November 23, 2022
    Jo, Derek & Clyde Cohen says:
    We have been so blessed to have Claude & Elizabeth as our neighbors all these years…truly we feel they are part of our family. There aren’t words to express our sadness knowing he is gone but what I do know is, he was ready to be in heaven and I am sure he was met with wide open arms. We will miss him so very much but feel very blessed to have had him in our lives almost everyday for the past 19 years. He made us laugh, made us think and most of all, made us realize we need to live every day to the fullest. Our prayers go out to all of you as you process this loss…especially sweet Elizabeth…the apple of his eye.💔💜