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DEATHS:

Dolores Gillespie PERRY went to be with the Lord on July 8, 2018. Dolores was born on July 14, 1923, in Brenham, to Agnes Wigand and Jesse H. Gillespie. Dolores graduated from Brenham High School in 1941. She married the love of her life, Howard S. Perry on March 3, 1944.

She is survived by her son Howard III and wife Judy of San Antonio; daughter Pamela and husband Bill of Bryan; three granddaughters, Kim and John Morton of Carrollton, Sue and Jerry Nettles of Houston, Amy and Daniel Zunker of San Antonio; three grandsons, Lee and Francesca Perry of Overland Park, Kansas, Bill and Shelby Maddox of Newport News, Virginia, and Matthew and Cissy Maddox of Bryan; 14 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandsons; her sister Reba Thompson of Bellville; her niece Alida Thompson of Bellville; and numerous cousins and friends. PHOTO.

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Donny GILLESPIE, 62, an automotive mechanic and truck driver, died Tuesday, June 26, 2018, in Bridgeport. Funeral is 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 3 at DFW National Cemetery. Family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Monday at Hawkins Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

Donny was born on August 3, 1955, to Charlie and Juanite (Dowdy) Gillespie in Paris, Texas. He was the grandson of Grover and Pearl Dowdy. Donny also proudly served his country in the United States Navy as an aviation mechanic on board the USS Kitty Hawk. While in the Navy he completed aviation fleet preparatory A school and also received a National Defense Service Medal.

He is survived by his daughter, Lori Dawn Moore of Hackett, Arkansas; his grandchildren, Ricky Phelps and Kaleb Martin both of Greenwood, Arkansas; his uncle, R.T. Gillespie; his good friend, Bucky Carpenter and wife Eddi; and a host of friends.

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The Angelic Hosts came for Elbert GILLESPIE of Fairfield, Texas on Monday, August 20, 2018 in the Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Hospital, Waco, Texas, among loving family and devoted friends.

Viewing was held Friday, August 24, 2018 from 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM in the Moore’s Angelic Funeral Chapel.

Funeral Services were held Saturday, August 25, 2018 at 11:00 AM in the First Baptist Church, 209 N. 6th Street, Teague, Texas with his son: Lionel Gillespie officiating and his nephew, Dr. L. J. Gillespie of San Antonio, Eulogist.

Interment was in the Salem Cemetery, FCR 684, Teague, Texas with Military Funeral Honors by VFW Chapter 5872 of Fairfield, Texas.

Deacon Elbert Gillespie was the last child born to Roosevelt and Lucille Wade Gillespie in Freestone County, Texas.

He grew up in the Furney Richardson Community and received his early education in the Furney Richardson Public Schools. Elbert graduated from Booker T. Washington High School, Teague with the Class of 1962.

His Christian Education began at First Baptist Church North Teague where he was baptized by Rev. W.H.T. Gillespie. He was a deacon at Mt. Zion Baptist Church at the time of his death and was a member of The Men And Women On The Move For Christ Organization.

Elbert enlisted in the United States Army and served faithfully during the Vietnam War and was honorably discharged with The Purple Heart Award.

Mr. Gillespie and Yvonne Scott were married in Fairfield and they adopted a son, Juan Gillespie, who preceded them in death.

The following siblings preceded Elbert in death: Elvessie Gillespie, Claudine Gillespie, Melvin Gillespie, Doris Gillespie McWilliams, Lester Gillespie, Rev. Wardell Gillespie, Choice Mae Gillespie, Nelda Jean Gillespie, and Rev. Cleo Gillespie.

Those left to cherish his memory are: His son: Lionel Bernard Gillespie and wife, Jordan along with: His grandson: Brandon Gillespie all of Hickory Creek, Tx; His brother: Rev. Charles Gillespie and wife, Diane, Ft. Worth, Tx; a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Moore’s Angelic Funeral Home, 406 Monroe Street, Teague, Texas provided the Final Care for the Elbert Gillespie Family. (Article published in The Times of Freestone County, Texas, Sept 7, 2018.)

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STEPHENVILLE, Texas —  (May 4, 2017) — In 44 years at Tarleton State University, Dr. Joe GILLESPIE has been a teacher, coach, athletic director, department head and so much more. Gillespie, the most familiar of faces in a kinesiology department full of them is retiring, leaving behind what Stephenville Mayor Kenny Weldon aptly called “A legacy.”

Dr. Steve Simpson led the brief ceremony Thursday afternoon in Wisdom Gym, where Gillespie first reported for duty at Tarleton to begin the 1973-74 school year. He went on to raise a family in Stephenville, including son Joseph Gillespie, who coached Stephenville to its fifth state championship in 2012 and is currently an assistant at the University of Tulsa. As he has the last 44 years at Tarleton and more, Dr. Gillespie’s wife, Kathy, was by his side Thursday, while kids and grandkids joined past athletes who were coached by Gillespie in traveling to Stephenville where quite the crowd gathered to pay tribute to one of Tarleton’s longest-tenured employees.

“It’s been humbling and it’s been a great ride. The Tarleton kinesiology department is second to none,” said Dr. Gillespie. “I’ve been to hundreds of these (retirement receptions) over the years, but it’s a lot different being on this side.”

He’s staying on that side this time, he says, after placing a letter of resignation in Dr. Simpson’s box last year, only to retrieve it and return for year 44.

Gillespie hired Lonn Reisman to take over the men’s basketball program in 1988, and Reisman has completed 29 seasons as head coach at Tarleton, along with 25 as athletic director. Reisman, the winningest active college basketball coach at any level in Texas,  called Gillespie a mentor, and was understandably emotional during his speech here.

 

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KILLEEN — Services for Mrs Rosalene Bragg Gillespie Rittenour, 86, of Killeen will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Grandle Funeral Home in Broadway, Va. She died on Sunday October 28, 2018 at a local nursing home. Mrs Kittenour was born Jan 4, 1932, in Bays, West. Virginia.  Burial will be in Cullers Run Cemetery.

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