Donald D. Gillespie Jr., 83, of Point Pleasant, went home to be with his Lord and loving wife, Monday, June 18, 2012, at Pleasant Valley Hospital.
He was born August 2, 1928, in Point Marion, Pa., a son of the late Donald D. Gillespie Sr. and Jeannette (Lilley) Gillespie. Don was a member of New Hope Bible Baptist Church in Point Pleasant. He had served his country in the U.S. Army, was retired from Kaiser Aluminum, and was a member of American Legion Post No. 23 of Point Pleasant, Stewart-Johnson V.F.W. Post No. 9926 of Mason, and the U.S.W.A.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Emma Marie “Wimpy” Gillespie; step-mother, Eurlace Gillespie; and several brothers and sisters.
Don is survived by a daughter, Dawn Gillespie of Point Pleasant; three sons, Steve (Jeanie) Gillespie of Fla., Jeff (Debby) Gillespie of Leon, and Aaron (Leigha) Gillespie of Lexington, Ky.; four grandchildren, Derrick (Jessica) Gillespie, Jeffrey Gillespie II, Lindsay Huddleston, and Jaxson Gillespie; two great-grandchildren; two brothers, Sherman Gillespie and Larry Gillespie; five sisters, Lea Smith, Joyce Riffle, Terry Carpenter, Deanna Facemire, and Drema Hines; and special friend, Ray Pickens.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, June 21, 2012, at New Hope Bible Baptist Church in Point Pleasant with Rev. Charlie Moses and Pastor Steven Sanderson officiating. Burial will follow at Kirkland Memorial Gardens in Point Pleasant. Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m., Wednesday at the Wilcoxen Funeral Home in Point Pleasant, and one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday.
The family suggests in lieu of flowers donations be made to New Hope Bible Baptist Church, 3 Robinson Street, Point Pleasant, WV 25550.
Online condolences may be made at www.wilcoxenfuneralhome.com.