Mrs. Tammy L. Gilchrist
Sunset: March 14, 2021
Tammy Latrell Gilchrist was born July 7, 1974, in Florence, South Carolina, and departed this earthly journey on March 14, 2021. She was the daughter of James and Pastor Deloris Alberta Cattenhead. Tammy attended Lake City High School before transferring to Wilson High School in Florence, SC where she earned her high school diploma in 1992. After high school, Tammy matriculated to Fayetteville State University in Fayetteville, NC, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1996. Also, Tammy earned a Master of Educational Administration degree from the University of Phoenix.
Tammy was a dedicated mother, wife, sister, daughter, teacher, and friend. If Tammy loved you, she loved you to the max, and there was nothing she would not do if you needed help. Although Charlotte was her adopted home, the Deep River community was never far from her heart. Along with her dedication to family and friends, she was a dedicated teacher in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District. In fact, against the recommendation of some of her peers, Tammy chose to teach in the inner-city schools because she felt the students in those schools were often neglected. She was firm to her students but loved them like a mother. In addition to Tammy’s dedication to teaching, she was very talented. For example, she designed flowers. She even made centerpieces for her wedding. Tammy enjoyed coloring, talking, texting friends, and family usually in the wee hours of the night. She would insist that you stay up with her while she text or talked to you. Truly, Tammy was a woman that was passionate about shaping the minds of her students, a woman of compassion, a woman of creativity; however, the most noteworthy memory of her should be her love for God. Tammy gave her life to Jesus Christ at an early age, and her yearning for God never stopped. Tammy Latrell Gilchrist was proceeded in death by her father, James Cattenhead and her father-in-law, Thomas Marsh. Those left to cherish her loving memories are her husband Reggie Gilchrist and her daughter, Jaydan Gilchrist, both of Charlotte, NC; two step-sons, Tony Johnson of Raleigh, NC and Justice Bailey of Greensboro, NC; one step-daughter, Lakesha Brisbane of Clarksville, TN; a mother, Deloris Alberta Cattenhead; a mother-in-law, Lynda Gilchrist of Raleigh, NC; two sisters, Tonya Glascho of Columbia, SC and Elaina (Jermaine) Garrett of Savannah, GA; two brothers, J. Derrick (Chasie) Cattenhead of Florence, SC and Jason (Natasha) Cattenhead of Charlotte, SC; two sisters-in-law, Karen Gilchrist and Vernita Gilchrist, both of Raleigh, NC; two brothers-in-law, Rodney Gilchrist and Michael Gilchrist, both of Raleigh, NC; a close friend, Natasha Brown (Mark) of Raleigh, NC; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins as well as friends.
Tammy will be greatly missed. Yet, for those who are Believers, there is hope beyond the veil of death because death does not have the final say or victory. Indeed, there is eternal life beyond our earthly journey. Thank God for this hope and peace knowing Tammy is watching over us with others amid the “great cloud of witnesses” (Hebrews 12:1). Farewell wife, mother, daughter, daughter-in-law, sister, sister-in-law, aunt, cousin, friend, and most importantly, an earthly servant of God. We pray to see you again in glory.