Dr. Daniel Gambrell


Daniel Dewitt Gambrell was born in Lawrence, Mississippi on April 20, 1944, the youngest son of the late Halique Parker Gambrell and Rev. Frank Gambrell’s fourteen children. Dr. Gambrell’s life is  marked by dedication to Christ, medicine, and education.
At an early age, he routinely followed his father to church, listening to his messages and dedicated his life to Christ. In the early 1950’s, the passion for science and education ensued. He would go on to become an honor high school student and enrolled at Jackson State University.  After three successful years pursuing a Biology degree, he was drafted by the US Military, Army division in 1966. He served as Sargent Missile Crewman, earning a National Defense Service Medal as an expert Rifleman.  In his three years of active duty, he was stationed in Spain, Italy and Germany.  Upon Honorable discharge in 1968. Dr. Gambrell resumed his studies at Jackson State and graduated with honors and was awarded a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology.  At the time of graduation, he had earned enough credit hours for two college graduates, which showed his extraordinary passion for education. He then enrolled at Meharry Medical College to pursue a degree in medicine.
While attending Meharry, Dr. Gambrell crossed paths with Judy Diane Owens, “J.D.” They exchanged vows on September 2, 1972.  Their union yielded one daughter, DanYelle Dishaun Gambrell-McCarty.
After graduating Meharry in 1974, he began a successful medical career, which spanned nearly four decades.  Early on, he worked at University Medical Center in Jackson, MS, then became a solo-practioner internist in the rural and underserved area of Yazoo, Mississippi. He earned the respect  and  admiration of all in the community and was affectionately, known as “Doc” with the healing hands and soothing bed-side manner.  He later, moved his practice back to his roots, in Forest, Mississippi, where he practiced until his retirement and resumed his love for the outdoors.
Retirement was spent, enjoying time with his grandsons, Daylan Gambrell and Dominic Christian, attending their basketball and soccer games,  hunting, fishing and gardening.  He relished in his  annual family reunions, where he fondly caught up with extended family and friends.
Dr. Gambrell was a member of the American Medical Association, National Medical Association, which he actively sought to increase the representation and recognition of African Americans and other underrepresented minorities in medicine and was a lifetime member of the NAACP.
On November 7, 2017 in Houston, Texas, Dr. Gambrell transitioned to his heavenly home.
He is preceded in death by his father, Frank Gambrell, and mother Halique Parker Gambrell, brothers: Clabon Gambrell,  Frank Gambrell, Jr., McHatten Gambrell,  Attorney Emmett Gambrell, James Gambrell, Dr. Percy Gambrell, Marion Gambrell, Charles Gambrell, and Attorney Andrew Gambrell, and Son-in-law, Damarcus McCarty.
Left to cherish his memories are his loving daughter, DanYelle Gambrell McCarty, Esq.; two grandsons, Daylan Gambrell, age 13, and Dominic Christian, age 7, of Cypress, TX.  Best friend/Ex-Wife, Judy Diane Owens Gambrell of Cypress, TX, four sisters: Versia Dennis, Jerelene Cornwall both of Greenwood, MS, Mildred Jenkins of Milwaukee, WI and Maggie Martin (Everett) of Hattiesburg, MS and many other close relatives and friends.