Mr. Gillilan was born in Trion, Georgia on May 16, 1945 son of the late Verbon and Maxine Braddy Gillilan. He was a member of the Trion Church of God of Prophecy for 47 years, where he served as a Sunday School teacher for the Adult Class, member of the Praise and Worship Team, Sunday School Superintendent, member of the Church Golf and Fundraising Committee and was the Church Entertainer. Mr. Gillilan was previously employed with Barwick as a Production Controller, Mohawk as a carpet expeditor, managed the Stansell Furniture Store in Lafayette and was a sales associate with Stansell Furniture in Summerville. He retired from the Hamilton Medical Center as an Emergency Room Floor Tech, and presently was an Assistant Funeral Director with Mason Funeral Home. In addition to his parents, Mr. Gillilan was preceded in death by a sister-in-law, Clara Davenport.
Mr. Gillilan is survived by the love of his life for 43 years, Doris Stansell Gillilan, to whom he was married on June 27, 1965; Nephew, Floyd Davenport, Jr. and his wife Debbie of Chickamauga; Special Great Niece and Great Nephew he considered children, Stephanie and Jeff Jenkins of Trion; Great Nephew, Gary Davenport of Dalton; Great Great Niece and Nephew he considered Grandchildren Madicyn and Mason Jenkins; Brother-in-law, Floyd Davenport, Sr. of Trion; and a number of Aunts, Uncles and Cousins.
Funeral Services for Mr. Gillilan will be held Tuesday, March 10, 2009 at 11:00 A.M. in the Mason Funeral Home Chapel with Bishop Phillip D. Minter, Dr. C.E. Carden, Rev. Meredith Crow, Rev. Charles Trotter and Rev. Joel A. Smith officiating. Interment will follow in the West Hill Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Wayne McNeese, Wayne Parker, Doug Gill, Jerry Corbin, Buford Lee Fox and Roy Bowers. Honorary Pallbearers will be Terrell Baker, JW Drennan, Rev. Eric Minter, Rev. Bobby Minter and Rev. Byron Minter, Rev. James Braddy, Richard Blackmon,Keith Brown, The Adult Worship in the Word Class of the Trion Church of God of Prophecy and the Staff of Mason Funeral Home.
Mr. Gillilan will be in state at the Mason Funeral Home where the family will receive friends Monday evening from 6 until 8 P.M.
Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions may be made to the Trion Church of God of Prophecy Harvest Worship Center Building Fund, 456 Fourth Street, Trion, GA 30753.