Eugene David Gillespie, 96, of Plainville, GA, passed away on Friday morning, August 26, 2022, at home surrounded by his family. He was born on January 28, 1926, in Moulton, AL, to Houston D. Gillespie and Bessie Brooks Gillespie.
Eugene’s family relocated to Plant City, FL in 1937 and made their home in Turkey Creek, FL. In 1945, Eugene answered the call to arms in the United States Army; as WWII raged on, he was deployed to the Japanese theater, spending most of his time in Okinawa, where he was stationed throughout the remainder of the war.
He then returned home to Plant City, where he later met and married the love of his life, Martha Fae (Collier) Gillespie, in June of 1957. In November of 1958, they welcomed their son, Dick (Richard) D. Gillespie. Eugene retired from Ed Morse Cadillac in Tampa, FL. as a highly sought-after front-end specialist in the early 1990’s. He was a very hard worker, always with a smile on his face, loved by all who had the privilege of meeting him. Eugene and Martha resided in Turkey Creek, FL, until approximately 1998 and relocated to Ashville, AL where Martha was born and raised. Then in 2008, they moved in with their son and daughter-in-law in Plainville, GA.
Martha passed away peacefully at home on August 24, 2011. Eugene followed her home to be with Jesus 11 years and 2 days later on August 26, 2022.
Eugene was preceded in death by his parents, Houston and Bessie; siblings, Dorothy (sister (as a child), Walter and Bill Gillespie (brothers), Ola Bennett (sister), his and Martha's infant son, Charles Eugene Gillespie, and his beloved wife Martha (Martie) Gillespie
Eugene is survived by siblings, Wiley Gillespie (brother, Plant City, FL), Shirley Kinard (sister, Polk County, FL); son, Dick (Janssen) Gillespie (Plainville, GA); granddaughter, Nicole (Duane) Simmons (Rossville, GA); great-grandchildren, Jordan, Noah, Jonah, and Gabrielle Simmons (Rossville GA); along with numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Eugene helped build numerous Churches throughout the years until he moved to Plainville, GA, and became a member of Calhoun Full Gospel Fellowship, where Pastor Hershel Pierce preaches.
The family will receive friends on Saturday, September 3, 2022, from 1:00 PM until 3:30 PM at Calhoun Full Gospel Fellowship.
A Celebration of Life will follow the visitation at 3:30 PM on Saturday.
Burial will be held on Tuesday, September 6, 2022, at 10:30 AM from Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, Georgia. Military honors will be provided by the United States Army Honor Guard.
Burial will be held at a later date in Georgia National Cemetery.
The family would like to thank the staff of Kindred Hospice for all their help and support throughout this time.
The Brannon family and staff are honored to serve the family of Eugene David Gillespie.