ForeverMissed
David Ray “Bozo” Gathman, 76, of Irondale, Alabama passed away peacefully at his home with his wife by his side on Monday, September 7, 2020 after a long battle with cancer.
He was a loving Dad, Grandpa, and friend. He had a passion for singing karaoke, especially in the style of Willie Nelson, loved music and you could hear him coming a mile away because he liked it loud! He loved drag racing and not many knew he had a talent for playing the spoons and would play them for hours. He was always making people laugh and would often entertain everyone with stories about the things he loved, occasionally known to embellish the truth a bit. He spent many of his younger years entertaining children of all ages as a clown picking up the nickname “Bozo” which he is most commonly known by. He worked at Hiram Walker and Sons Distillery in Peoria, Illinois for 19 years and retired from Walmart in Birmingham, Alabama after 16 years. In between, he was a self-employed mechanic and worked for Barber's Dairy and Shell Service Station, both in Birmingham. He was also a volunteer firefighter for many years and served in the U. S. Air Force. He will be remembered for his contagious laugh, his story telling, and his love for his family and friends. He loved the Lord and was a devoted Christian.
He is survived and loved dearly by his wife of 39 years Annafred Entrican Gathman, his children Brandy Gathman Newman Wood, Michelle Aaron, Renee Gallagher, John Franklin “Frankie” Williams, Deborah Williams Elam, Daniel Lee Williams, Elizabeth “Beth” Williams Armstrong, and a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents Charles Gathman and Corinth Gathman, two infant children, and a son, Shawn David Gathman.
His wish was to be cremated. A celebration of life is being planned for a later time.
Professional services provided by W.E. Lusain Funeral Home and Crematory, Birmingham, Alabama. 
Posted by Beth Armstrong on September 10, 2020
Missing you my daddy pooh! Thankful for all of the love you gave me and the boys. You were the best dad a girl could have had! We will cherish all of the memories and we know you will continue to be with us at all of the Monster Jam events, the drag races, especially the nitro events, the firework shows, the Stone Mountain trips, and all of the things we all enjoyed doing together! We love you! Beth, Richie, and Austin ❤ oh and who could forget our coffee breaks, our porch time, you protecting me when I went on dates, those toes, and oh how you loved cake! ❤
Posted by Brandy Newman on September 10, 2020
I love u so much daddy. Though you will and are truly missed. There is so much unconditional love that has poured out for you. I will always be your TSP. Please leave any stories you might have as well.

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Posted by Beth Armstrong on September 10, 2020
Missing you my daddy pooh! Thankful for all of the love you gave me and the boys. You were the best dad a girl could have had! We will cherish all of the memories and we know you will continue to be with us at all of the Monster Jam events, the drag races, especially the nitro events, the firework shows, the Stone Mountain trips, and all of the things we all enjoyed doing together! We love you! Beth, Richie, and Austin ❤ oh and who could forget our coffee breaks, our porch time, you protecting me when I went on dates, those toes, and oh how you loved cake! ❤
Posted by Brandy Newman on September 10, 2020
I love u so much daddy. Though you will and are truly missed. There is so much unconditional love that has poured out for you. I will always be your TSP. Please leave any stories you might have as well.
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Shared by Amy Williams on September 10, 2020
We will miss you dearly “Bozo”, Grampa, and Dad. You welcomed us with open arms from day one right into the family. You loved making everyone smile and laugh. You always had warm hugs with each visit and a smart remark as you entertained the room. I miss hearing you sing your songs as you grabbed the attention of the whole room with your voice. We have tons of memories with you and we will cherish them all, however, I will never forget your outfit on 80’s night or you wearing the “Willie wig” with braids down past your shoulders. I think Willie Nelson himself would love to hear you sing his songs. Fly high Bozo! Love and miss you. Til we see you again..