Charles M. Gill

Born in Decherd, TN on August 2, 1927

Departed on December 3, 2016 and resided in Nashville, TN

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Dr. Charles (Charley) McClelland Gill, Sr. was born August 2, 1927 in Decherd, Tennessee, and died peacefully, surrounded by family, on December 3, 2016.
Preceded in death by parents Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Gordon Gill, his brother Lawrence Gill, Jr., Susan Shelley Gill (one day old daughter), and his beloved wife of forty-seven years, Barbara McCarley Gill, whose passing left a void in his life from which he never quite recovered.
He is survived by two sons, Dr. Charles M. Gill, Jr., and Andrew M. Gill and their wives Barbara Gill and Leisa Gill, along with seven grandchildren, Lauren Gill Rainbolt (Wes), Suzanne Shelley Gill, Charles M. Gill, III, Abigail Marie Gill, Natalie Swearingin (Adam), Nicholas Diehl, and Melissa Woodard (Nathan); and three great-grandchildren.
Charley was a 1943 honors graduate of Castle Heights Military Academy, followed by military service in the United States Navy for two years during World War II. He then attended Vanderbilt University where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in 1950, and was a member and officer of the Kappa Alpha Order. He received his Doctor of Medicine Degree at the University of Tennessee Allied School of Medicine in Memphis in 1955, where he met and eventually married the love of his life, Barbara McCarley.
Following medical school he served as a Captain in the United States Army during the Korean War and completed his internship and advanced training at Walter Reed Army Hospital. After his residency in Atlanta in Obstetrics and Gynecology he entered practice in Nashville in the offices of Drs. Scott Bayer, James Ellis and B.K. Hibbett, to whom he was always grateful for their generosity in helping him start his practice.
During his forty-plus years of practice he served on the board of the Nashville Academy of Medicine and Davidson County Medical Society. He also served as Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Mid-state Baptist Hospital, and a Clinical Instructor at Vanderbilt Hospital.
He served as president of the Nashville OB-GYN Society and president of the E.D. Calvin OB-GYN Society. After retirement, he worked as a physician for the Department of Defense.
Dr. Gill was a strong supporter of the Boy Scouts of America and served as assistant Scout leader of Troop 31 in Nashville. He was a member of the Middle Tennessee Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America, where he served several terms.
He was an active member at First Presbyterian Church, Nashville, serving both as a Deacon, Elder and active in Stephen Ministry.
Dr. Gill left his impressionable mark on all who knew him, and was frequently reunited with patients, their spouses and children whom he had delivered.
Outside of practice hours, he and Barbara were seldom apart. They built their world around family, friends and laughter. When not at home they could be found together fishing on Tim’s Ford Lake or relaxing on Destin’s beach. He was known for his ability to practice not just the science, but also the art of medicine, and was perhaps even more beloved for his gentle spirit and kind heart. With his passing, heaven gains an angel as he is reunited with the love of his life.
Honorary Pallbearers include: Thurman Sensing, Robert Cowan, Judge Thomas Higgins and The Men’s Table at the Blakeford.
His family will receive friends on Monday from 5-7 PM at the First Presbyterian Church in Nashville, and again from 11 AM until noon on Tuesday.
Services celebrating Dr. Gill's life will be conducted at 12 noon on Tuesday. With military honor provided by the United States Navy, he will be laid to rest beside his love in Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens.
The family requests memorial donations be made to the Nashville Humane Society at:

8 Comments to Dr. Charles M. Gill

  1. Viann McCormick
    December 5, 2016 8:28 am

    Dr Gill taught my Ob/GYN classes @ Baptist Hosp. nursing school when I was 19 years old. He was my doctor, starting when I was 23 years old until he retired. I took care of his OB/GYN patients on the nursing units @ Baptist until he retired. He delivered my 2 children.They don’t make doctors like Dr Gill anymore! I am so sorry for your family’s loss.

  2. Dr and Mrs John (Jackie) Shields
    December 5, 2016 11:17 am

    John and I are so sorry to hear of your loss. Charley is a loss to our world….his kindness, his faithfulness, his wisdom, all shared with many during his years of practice and retirement. I knew him as a nurse who cared for his patients, as my own personal physician for 30 years and as a friend and colleague of my husband John. They knew each other professionally, doing surgery together and then working together at the Department of Defense at retirement. So many lovely memories. He adored Barbara, as we all know…..she was indeed a fine, fine lady. He loved telling stories about their dating years! He was simply a class act and a person who lived into what he believed. Our world needs more like Charley.

  3. Sylvia Locklayer
    December 5, 2016 12:56 pm

    Dr. Gill was my ob/gyn doctor from 1979 until his retirement. He delivered both my children. He was the most compassionate doctor I have ever known and he will be dearly missed by all who knew him. My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this sad time.

  4. Linda H.Gropp
    December 5, 2016 6:18 pm

    Truly Dr, Gill was one of God’s angels here on earth. I was fortunate to have known him first as a nurse at Baptist Hospital and then as my own physician. I chose him to deliver my children not only because of his excellent medical and surgical skills,but also because of his genuine tenderness with his patients.I have known many physicians in my long career,but have never known another who was as understanding and compassionate. When you were seen in his office you were given his full attention and the time you needed. Hie advice and kind words helped me through a particularly difficult period and I have passed along his words to other women going through rough spots. He was a perfect fit for an OB-Gyn physician since he had a great understanding of his patients and their challenges.i knew he never fully recovered from losing his beloved wife as he would mention her whenever I would run into him in later years, so today I won’t be sad since they are now reunited.Instead I will i count myself very blessedj to have had Dr. Gill as my physician and friend.He was the best. My deepest sympathy to his family and many friends.

  5. R C. Bone
    December 6, 2016 1:04 pm

    Chip and all your family and friends,

    All of us want you to ‘know that we feel your loss and truly hope that comfort comes to you soon. Certainly Dr. Gill’sl life
    was a great testament of kindness and service to his friends and patients. Chip you have inheriited this great quality in your own medical practice.; Your Dad, l know, was very proud of you.

    Please know we think your personal streng,th will serve you well in this trying time. We want to see you soon and be of any service we can.

    Our best to you and yours

    Connie and Robert Carver Bone M D

  6. C Paige
    December 8, 2016 1:45 pm

    To the family, please accept my sincere condolences. What truly helped me in all my times of grief is the beautiful promises found in God’s Word. I pray that you will allow God to comfort you as well because he deeply care about us and gives us a wonderful hope for the future regarding our loved ones who are temporarily sleeping in death. ~ John 5:28, 29; Revelation 21:3, 4; Psalms 34:17, 18; Isaiah 25:8; Acts 17:31; Isaiah 33:24

  7. Krysti Bland - Dorothy Baker's granddaughter - or as you know her as Aunt Dot
    December 11, 2016 10:39 pm

    Charley was a cousin of my Grandma Baker so I was related with probably a couple of greats in the timeline. But I will never forget he or Barbara as they were the perfect southern charms. I have so many great memories of him and stories that my grandma would share, In fact my Grandma Baker named my Dad after him – Charles Gill Baker. We would see them every summer when I was growing up because we would vacation in Florida and would drive through Nashville to visit with him and Barb. I was in awe of both of them because they were so down to earth and lovable but lived in a Mansion that I would just walk around and see the beauty of the southern charm that Barb would decorate. We even vacationed with them in Destin and it was almost a family reunion as my dad’s only sibling, Uncle Kerm and his three kids were there too. Plus their sons would come down for a day or two just to catch up with all of the Baker clan. As mentioned above, I know he is happy now in heaven with Barb (and I am sure my Mom is with them too updating him on her family), but Charley was one of a kind and he will be missed by possibly everyone in Nashville. Chip and Andy (and families) I know it was hard to see him go but he loved you all so much and so proud of you all too. God Bless You both! Now the perfect couple are together again. Love you Charley and Barb and glad that you are back together forever!

  8. Ann Carter Swaney
    January 19, 2017 11:34 am

    Though time has passed since your beloved Dad has passed, I just found out the BEST OB-GYN doctor in the world has passed away. Dr. Gill meant so much to me. I was one of those young Baptist Hospital School of Nursing students back in the 60’s who learned so much from Dr. Gill. He gave up so much of his time to teach me all about babies, women’s health work ethics and so much more. He was my GYN doctor from 1965 until he retired. He was a true blessing to the medical profession. I moved away from Nashville in 1986 but I just couldn’t leave this wonderful doctor. I would fly up from Orlando, Fl each year for my physical. I have such wonderful memories of him, his beloved Barbara, his sons, his grand children, and his many trip to Destin, Fl. You have my deepest sympathy!~ Sometimes you need a quiet place to let your heart remember. I hope that gentle healing and great memories fill your world with peace, joy and lots of love. I will always remember Dr. Gill’s smiles, and find comfort in all the wonderful memories I have of him. He always found time to talk to his patients. I know he is deeply missed. I will be thinking of you and hope time will bring you comfort.

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