USA: Virginia Deaths


Mrs. Agnes Sterling Gillespie, of Mappsville, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, at Shore Health and Rehabilitation Center in Parksley. She was 101 years young. Mrs. Gillespie was the devoted wife of Harry William Gillespie Jr. and one of seven children born to John Major Sterling and Mattie Melson Sterling, all of whom predeceased her. She is survived by her nieces, Linda Stevens, of Edgewood, Md., and Lou Ann Crowson and husband, Charles, and their son, Doug Crowson, of Newport News, Va.

Funeral services were conducted from the chapel of the Williams-Parksley Funeral Home Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, with the Rev. John Cullop officiating. Private interment was held in the Parksley Cemetery. Memorial contributions in Mrs. Gillespie’s memory may be made to the S.P.C.A., P.O. Box 164, Onley, VA 23418. Published “Eastern Shore Post

A J Gillespie obit Nov 24,1915 Lychburg, Virginia

Albert J Gillespie b Oct 10, 1833 d Jan 21, 1909  Modest Town Baptist Church Cem, Modest Town Texas. Kate, his wife b Aug 8, 1838. d June 4, 1920.

Albert J Gillespie obit  Jan 24, 1909 Lynchburg, Virginia

Alberta Lewis Gillispie, wife of Richard Gillespie, Aug 18, 1863 – Feb 14, 1948. Richard Oct 23, 1858 – July 19, 1948 J W Taylor Cem, Virginia

Allie Parks Gillespie obit July 18, 1969 Lynchburg, Virginia

A P Gillespie obit Aug 7, 1913 Lychburg, Virginia

Archie Gillespie obit Feb 3, 1944 Lynchburg, Virginia

Arthur Gillespie obit July 15, 1903, Lynchburg, Virginia


Barbara Hill Gillespie obit  Nov 27, 2005 Lynchburg, Virginia

Beatrice (Jackson) Gillespie b Oct 19, 1927. Died April 1, 1987, d/o Jessie Monroe Jackson Sr and Mary Lou Ella Jones, married Wilford Hindmon and Ray Gillespie, Arlington National Cemetery

Blanche Purdy Gillespie obit Nov 3, 2007 Lynchburg, Virginia

Brenda Sue Gillespie, September 3, 1954 – June 1, 2023. Saltville, VA – Brenda Sue Gillespie, passed away on June 1, 2023, at the age of 68. She was born on September 3, 1954, to the late, Charles and Elsie Roberts Gillespie.  Funeral Monday, June 5th at D. R. Henderson Funeral Home, Saltville, Virginia. (Video Tribute in link from her name).


C Gillespie obit  Dec 1, 1863 Lynchburg, Virginia

Carolina Mildred Gillespie obit June 10, 1923 Lynchburg, VA

Carrie Harry Gillespie obit  June 1, 1928 Lynchburg, VA

Carrie Wysor Gillespie obit  Jan 30, 1991  Lynchburg, VA

Catherine Gillespie, wife of Edward Gillespie, Jan 9, 1829 – March 14, 1912 Modest Town Baptist Church Cemetery, Modest Town, Virginia

Charles Gillespie obit May 19, 1910 Lynchburg, VA

Charles Gillespie obit Feb 5, 1939 Lynchburg, VA

Clara Gillespie b June 17, 1915. d Oct 7, 1996. Middleburg Memorial, Loudoun Co, Virginia

Cora "Sally" Gillespie Saltville, Virginia ObituaryCora “Sally” Gillespie, Saltville, Virginia. May 11, 1942 – December 30, 2022. 80, passed away at her home  after a long battle with cancer. Sally was a lifelong resident of Saltville. She was preceded in death by her parents, William S. and Vivian F. Allison; brother, George Allison; and sister, Rose Allison Taylor.

Sally is survived by her husband of 64 years, Samuel L. Gillespie, Sr.; son Samuel L. Gillespie, Jr. (Teresa); daughter, Lisa Johnson; four grandchildren, Jacob L. Sykes, Cody Johnson (Maranda) S. Joseph Gillespie and Christopher R. Gillespie (Kylie); three great grandchildren, Landen Johnson, Cora Johnson and Makenzie Sykes; several nieces and nephews. Graveside services was conducted at 11:00 a.m. Monday January 2, 2023 at Riverside Methodist Church Cemetery in Rich Valley with Pastor Herman Cress officiating.

Curtis David “Dave” Gillespie, age 73, of Richlands, Virginia died on Sunday, February 13, 2022. He was born on September 17, 1948, in Raven, Virginia to Rufus Franklin Gillespie and Stella Jane Gillespie.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Troy Gillespie. He is survived by: His Beloved Wife of 49 years, Peggy Ann Gillespie, Two Daughters: Layne Gillespie
Brooke Shrum and her husband, Jordan Shrum, Grandchildren:
Hadley Layne Scott and Grayson Wade Shrum. Brothers:
Cecil F. Gillespie, Darrell Gillespie.  A memorial service for Curtis David “Dave” Gillespie was conducted at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, February 16, 2022 with the Rev. Phillip Horton officiating. Hurst-Scott Funeral Home of Richlands, Virginia.

C W Gillespie d March 7, 1907 Lynchburg, VA


David Allen Gilespie, VA
David Allen Gilespie, VA

David Allen Gillespie, June 27, 1968 – March 26, 2021,   52, of Norfolk, VA, passed away on March 26, 2021. Born June 17, 1968, in San Diego, CA, he was a man full of nothing but love and laughter. His hobbies included watching sports such as baseball, football, hockey, and NASCAR. He loved to go bowling with his friends. Most importantly, Dave loved spending quality time with his family and close friends. There was never a dull moment when Dave and around. He had a heart of gold and his memories will remain well lived through all of his family members and dearest friends. Left to cherish his memory: his wife, Becky Gillespie; parents, Daryl and Alice Gillespie of Norfolk; brothers, Donald Gillespie and wife, Heather, of Orlando, FL, Brook Gillespie and wife, Cathy, of Norfolk, and William Gillespie of West Virginia; sister, Shaneen Lockman and husband, Gregg, Sr., of Sterling, CO; mother-in-law, Patricia Cordova of North Carolina; brother-in-law, William “Skippy” Swann of North Carolina; nephews, Gregg Lockman, Jr., and wife, Shawna, of Sterling, CO, Brandon Lockman and wife, Kora, of Peetz, CO, Christopher Gillespie and Matthew Gillespie, both of West Virginia. He is urvived by his nieces, Kaylee Lockman of Sterling, CO, Gracie Gillespie of Orlando, FL, Brittany Nichols and husband, Phil, of Norfolk, Mckenna Swann of North Carolina, and Katelyn Gillespie of West Virginia; great-nephews, Luke Bernhardt “Lockman” and Camdyn Bernhardt “Lockman,” both of Peetz, CO, and Weston Nichols of Norfolk; great-nieces, Peyton Lockman of Sterling, CO and Laila Lockman of Peetz, CO; aunts, Cheryl Thomas “Gillespie” and husband, Victor Thomas, of Sidney, NE and Pam Gaddis of Tennessee; uncles, Donald Cook and wife, Judy, of Charleston, SC and Johnnie Creech of Selma, NC; and numerous cousins and close friends.

The Celebration of Life for Dave was held on Saturday, May 15, 2021, at the American Legion Post 327, at 705 Lesner Ave., Norfolk, VA 23518 at 2 p.m.

David Lee Gillespie obit Aug 4, 2002, Lynchburg, VA

Donald Lee Gillespie, VA
Donald Lee Gillespie, VA

Donald Lee Gillespie, age 75, went to be with the Lord Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at Johnson City Medical Center, Johnson City, Tennessee. He was born September 28, 1937 to the late Clarence and Minnie Ferguson Gillespie. He was an active member of the Ridgedale United Methodist Church, having served as Sunday School superintendent; and was employed for 51 years at Brunswick and General Dynamics. He took great pride in the operation of his farm in Rich Valley, truly enjoying every minute he could spend on the farm. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother, Bradley Gillespie.

Donald is survived by his loving wife Ann Cooper Gillespie of Marion, Virginia; brother, Harold Gillespie and wife, Nellie of Chilhowie, Virginia; mother-n-law, Juanita Cooper of Seven Mile Ford, Virginia sisters-in-law, Dorothy Gillespie of Marion, Virginia and Brenda Brooks and husband, Daren of Chilhowie, Virginia; brothers-in-law, Jack Cooper and wife, Judy of Callahan, Florida, Bill Cooper and wife, Sandra of Chilhowie, Virginia and Richard Cooper and wife, Sandra of Newport News, Virginia; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral Services was held Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Seaver-Brown Chapel with Reverend Ernest Yeatts officiating. Burial followed in Ridgedale United Methodist Church Cemetery, Rich Valley, Virginia. The family received friends Friday evening from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Seaver-Brown Chapel.

Douglas Burton Gillespie, VA
Douglas Burton Gillespie, VA

Douglas Burton Gillespie, 1926 – 2016, of Bluefield, VA, went home on the wings of angels to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, June 5, 2016 at Bluefield Regional Medical Center with his loving wife, Virginia by his side. He was born October 11, 1926 in Boissevain, VA and was the son of the late George W and Ida Mathena Gillespie. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family. He had been a member of Graham Christian Church in Bluefield, VA for over 50 years. He was associated with coal mining in Southwest Virginia and Southern West Virginia for a number of years. He not only worked in the mines, but was a salesman for Carmet, Pocahontas Fuel, US Steel #2 and Joy Manufacturing, retiring from Carmet in 1983. Doug was a member of the Bluefield Masonic Lodge-Harman Lodge #222, where he served as Master Mason and recently received an award for 50 years of service. He was also a member of the Beni Kedem Temple – Charleston, WV, the Bluefield Shrine Club, the Mountaineer Ridgerunners Degree and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He was proud of his service to his country in the US Navy from 1944-1946, serving on the USS Nantahala. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his 6 brothers: Barnes, Bill, Buck, Bob, Tiny and Paul Gillespie and 2 sisters: Margaret (Dutchie) Joyce and Elizabeth (Libby) Murphy.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 28 years, Virginia Gillespie; sons: Douglas Gillespie Jr and wife, Margo of Terri Haute, IN, David Gillespie and wife, Marilyn of Greensboro, NC; daughter: Angela Gillespie of Roanoke, VA; step-sons: Roger Boone, Jr of Charlotte, NC, Richard Boone and wife, Rhonda of Matthews, NC, Bryon Boone of Houston, TX, Patrick Boone and wife, Gina of Tacoma, WA; mother of his children: Joann Gillespie; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren; his caregivers: Vicki Vencill and Nancy Brooks; several nieces and nephews. A service to celebrate his life was held Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at Dudley Memorial Chapel with Rev Gary Lyons officiating. Entombment w at Grandview Memory Mausoleum where the VFW Post #9696 and the Pocahontas American Legion Post #14 will conduct Military Grave Rites. Roger Boone, Jr, Richard Boone, Bryon Boone, Patrick Boone, Randy Wiginton and Jason Gillespie will serve as pallbearers. Friends visited with the family on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at the funeral home from 1:00 p.m. until the hour of the service.


Earl Gillespie June 16, 1908 – April 14, 1967 Maud M Nov 20, 1911 – July 21, 2004 J W Taylor Cem, Virginia

Edward Gillespie obit Jan 25, 1931 Lynchburg, VA

Edward J Gillespie  (unreadable very old tombstone) Ebenezer Church Cemetery, Virginia

E G Gillespie (Mrs) obit June 5, 1961 Lynchburg, VA

Elijah Gillespie obit June 1, 1907 Lynchburg, VA

Elijah D Gillespie obit March 5, 1908 Lynchburg, VA

Eliza A Gillespie obit April 16, 1920 Lynchburg, VA

Emily J Gillespie (unreadable old stone from photo) Atlantic Baptist Church Cem, Virginia

Emma Whitely Gillespie obit Nov 26, 1959 Lynchburg, VA

Estelle Scott Gillespie obit Nov 16, 1975 Lynchburg, VA

Eugene Faber Gillespie, born April 14, 1896, Died Sept 10, 1982, US Air Force COL. Buried May 11, 1999.. Residence Richmond, VA, Burial Arlington National Cemetery


Fannie Gillespie obit Jan 29, 1907 Lynchburg, VA

Frank Gillespie obit May 5, 1992 Lynchburg, VA

Frank Gillespie, VA
Frank Gillespie, VA

Frank Gillespie, May 19, 1935 – January 29, 2022, Arlingston, VA. Frank Gillespie, 86, passed away peacefully on January 29th, surrounded by family in Los Angeles, California. Francis Leo Gillespie was born on May 19th, 1935, in Cleveland, the son of Francis and Nora Gillespie. Frank was a 1953 graduate of Shaw High School in East Cleveland. In 1957 he received his Bachelor of Arts at Ohio University, where he was a member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity and served as its President.

After graduation, he worked as a teacher in the Cleveland area, then joined the Peace Corps as a member of their 2nd cohort in 1962. The Peace Corps took him to Thailand, where he met and fell in love with Urai Santitrakul, a fellow social studies teacher. Frank and Urai married in 1965 and began their 56 years together with an around-the-world honeymoon that included stops at the Taj Mahal, Rome, and Donegal, Ireland, to visit the extended Gillespie clan.

In 1964 Frank left the Peace Corps to work for United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Vietnam, where he was stationed in Binh Long province along the Cambodian border north of Saigon. Only 800 Americans, military or civilian, were then in Vietnam. Frank’s career of public service in the field of international development took his family to Laos, where they narrowly escaped an attack by the Pathet Lao at their home in Kengkok. Frank’s further postings took the family to Thailand, Indonesia, and Egypt, and he took assignments on his own in Vietnam, Bosnia, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Among his proudest accomplishments were the community projects he spearheaded such as the playground built in war-torn Sarajevo and the lifelong friendships he created with the people he met in the countries where he worked.

Frank’s Cleveland roots also brought him joy throughout his lifetime, and he took great pleasure in belting out the glee club songbooks of his younger days as he kept himself busy with the upkeep of the home he and Urai built in Arlington, Virginia. His family and friends will miss his sense of humor and wise counsel.

Frank is survived by his brothers and sisters, Kathleen (Colacarro), Gerald, Nonie (Oriti), and James. He leaves behind his wife, Urai, and three children: Lisa (Dan Hodgdon), Russell (Ruth), and Roslyn (Ed Easton). He was also a proud grandfather to Alexander, Aydin, Maya, and Summer.

F T Gillespie, death age 1/23, male black slave, 1860 Accomach Co, Virginia


George Gillespie obit Nov 1, 1907 Lynchburg, VA

George H Gillespie obit April 23, 1908 Lynchburg, VA

George W Gillespie obit Jan 12, 1919 Lynchburg, VA

George William Gillespie April 2, 1908 – March 20, 1971 Fairview Lawn Cem, Virginia

Gil Gillespie obit July 30, 2010 Lynchburg, VA

Gilbert McClung Gillespie obit Nov 26, 2003 Lynchburg, VA

Gilburt McClung Gillespie, Sr obit Nov 23, 2003 Lynchburg, VA


Helen Anne Gillespie, (Caldwell), of Maidens, Va., passed away on December 30, 2022, after a prolonged illness. Helen was predeceased by her parents, John and Elizabeth Caldwell; older brother, Robert Caldwell; and sister-in-law, Amy Caldwell of Corpus Christi, Texas. She is survived by brother, Pat and Gina Caldwell, of Newport, Tenn.; brother, Bart Caldwell of Corpus Christi; sister-in-law, Angie Caldwell of Corpus Christi; son, Sean and Jennifer Gillespie of Chesapeake, Va.; daughter, Elizabeth and Andre Seale of Natick, Mass.; son, Kevin Gillespie and Irene Lutts of Quincy, Mass.; and seven adoring grandchildren, Miryam, Jack, Meaghan, Audrey, Kevin, Iain and Sage. Helen is also survived by her loving partner, Evan Chesterman of Richmond, Va.

Helen was a graduate of Flour Bluff High School in Corpus Christi, Texas. She enlisted in the Navy in 1967, and worked at the Naval Hospital in Newport, R.I. After her naval service, she attended nursing school at HACC and began her career as an emergency room nurse in Harrisburg, Pa. Helen went on to earn her
B.S.N. from Millersville University, and M.A. from Saint Francis University. Helen’s children are extremely proud of her academic achievements and her service to country and community.

“Helen on Wheels” (as she was known by her kids) was truly a force of nature. Her seemingly unlimited energy drove her professional life, but also her personal life. She loved to travel and take her children and grandchildren on adventures all over the country. Her unbridled optimism showed her the up-side of everything while her sheer force of will gave her the gumption to make that up-side happen. Anyone who ever left her a voicemail would hear at the end of her greeting: “Make it a great day!” Helen didn’t just have a great and fulfilling life. She MADE her life what she wanted it to be, always with a smile on her face (even when it was tough to do), endless laughs, and boundless love for her family. She truly was a positive influence and a role model to everyone around her.
Visiting hours held at Woody Funeral Home – Parham in Richmond, Va. on Friday, January 13, 2023 from 3 to 6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the New England Historic Genealogical Society

Herman Gillespie obit Feb 6,1937 Lynchburg, VA

Hortense H Gillespie Oct 29, 1903 – July 5, 1998 Modest Town Baptist Church Cem, Modest Town, Texas

Howard C Gillespie obit Feb 10, 1941 Lynchburg, VA

Hundley Gillespie 1883 – 1978 Atlantic Baptist Church Cem, Virginia. (stone does not say Gillespie but record given that way).


Irving W Gillespie obit May 27, 1976 Lynchburg, VA


Jacauline F Gillespie 1942-1942 d/o L C & Mildred, Wattsville UMC, Virginia

James D Gillespie obit Nov 30, 1958 Lynchburg, VA

James Preston Gillespie obit Sept 3, 1998 Lynchburg, VA

James Gillespie Jr, VA
James Gillespie Jr, VA

James Samuel Gillespie Jr. After a week spent with his family at the beach, James Samuel “Jim Sam” Gillespie, Jr., of Pounding Mill, Virginia, passed away July 17, 2022, at his daughter’s home in Cullowhee, North Carolina.
Born in Pounding Mill on November 3, 1937, Jim Sam grew up on the farm with family—his parents James Samuel Gillespie, Sr, Elizabeth Zeigler Gillespie, his sister Sarah and lots of Gillespie and Zeigler kin. There he worked hard and played hard, learning to fish, hunt, raise cattle and sheep, and run a farm. He attended grade school in Pounding Mill before heading to Richlands High School. Upon graduation, he followed in his father’s footsteps and went to VMI, Class of 1959, where he played football and ran track. He survived rat Chemistry and freshman English, graduating with a degree in Civil Engineering. He developed a deep love for VMI and the friends he made there would be some of the most important people in his life and in his family’s life. It was in Lexington that he also met Lucy Campbell, then a young physical education teacher, whom he would marry in 1962.

After VMI, he served in the United States Army as a captain in the armored division where he also coached base football teams and went to Jungle School in Panama. After the military, he returned to Virginia where he taught math and coached at Clifton Forge and South Hampton High schools. He then coached at VMI under his former coach, John McKenna. His college coaching career took him from VMI to West Virginia University and Duke. When his father died, Jim Sam left coaching and he and his family returned to Pounding Mill where he would farm for the rest of his life. As is the case with most farmers, he had other jobs, working in the coal ventilation business, running Hunter Paving, and serving as an officer for National Bank, formerly the Bank of Tazewell County. He was a lifelong supporter of the Tazewell County Fair, 4-H, serving on its board as well as that of the Virginia Farm Bureau. He also served on the board of Coal Creek, Coal Mountain, Tazewell Coal and Gas, Doran Development, and the G.W. Gillespie company. He grew up in the Pounding Mill Christian Church and was a longtime member of Richlands Presbyterian Church.

All of this work took a backseat to the job he loved the most—raising his family and being a loyal friend. With almost no exceptions, once he loved you, he always loved you. He was loyal and that loyalty brought with it a generosity of spirit and an honesty in equal measure. Classmates, teammates, former players, employees, and neighbors came into his life and stayed. His family stretched beyond the Gillespies. Over the years, his friends and his children’s friends were absorbed into his family. Most days found some “family” wandering in, sitting on the couch, and staying for stories. After his son, Sam, passed away, his friends—Brian, Camillus, Mike, Curt, and Mike–became family. Before that Dwayne Smith and recently Katie Lindsay. Beyond any doubt, he was most exceptional as a son, brother, husband, father, and grandfather.

In 1974, he came back to Pounding Mill to take care of his mother and farm. He and his wife, Lucy, were equal partners in life, laughing, arguing, and being best friends. As a father, he was devoted to his three children, teaching them to work hard, love fiercely, cry without shame, read voraciously, and to find joy and laughter most every day. As a father and grandfather, he was a constant and seamless part of our families.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jim Sam and Elizabeth Gillespie, his wife Lucy Brett Campbell, and his son James Samuel Gillespie, III. He is survived by his sister Sarah Gillespie Seale and her husband Pep Seale, his daughters Elizabeth Gillespie McRae and Ann Brett Gillespie Strickland and their husbands Steve and Sam, and his granddaughters—Katherine Elizabeth McRae, Campbell Suzanne Strickland, Lucy Caroline McRae, Sarah Elizabeth Strickland, Charlotte Olivia Strickland, and Nora-Ann Gillespie Strickland.

Service was held at Richlands Presbyterian Church, Thursday July 21st at 2:00pm. Family received visitors at the church between noon and 2:00pm. Pallbearers were:  Brian Froehlich, Camillus Musselman, Curt Crowder, Mike Phelps, Mike Weaver, Stephen Seale, Dick Phillippi, Steve Reithmiller, Jeff Gillespie, York Lindsay, Jim Huffman, Ray Nease, Tim Bandy, and Warren Williams. Graveside services  at Maplewood Cemetery in Tazewell, VA.

James William Gillespie obit Jan 9, 1985 Lynchburg, VA

Jeffrey Scott Gillespie obit Nov 24, 2004 Lynchburg, VA

Jeffrey Wayne Gillespie, age 46, of Christiansburg, Va., went to be with the Lord Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018, at Woltz Hospice Home in Dobson, N.C, after a battle with cancer. Born Jan. 27, 1972, in Tennessee, he was the son of the late Edward and Geraldine Campbell Gillespie. He was employed by Bottomley Trucking Company in North Carolina.

He is survived by his son, Taylor Gillespie of Christiansburg, Va.; daughter, Myranda Gillespie of Radford, Va.; brothers, Michael Gillespie and Stephen Gillespie; sisters, Wanda Miller and Brenda Keith; special friend, Linda Southern, and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside funeral service was held Monday, Aug. 27, 2 p.m., at East Family Cemetery, Snowville, Va. The family received friends from 1 p.m. until service time at the cemetery. Bower Funeral Homes, Pulaski, Va., is handling arrangements for the family. Published Wed, Aug 29, 2018 Southwest Times.

Jessie Samuel Gillespie Jr. December 20, 1921  –  September 22, 2003, died September 22, 2003 at his home at 1800 Gaskins Road. He was born December 20, 1921 in Bluefield, Virginia, the son of Brenda Wright and Jesse Samuel Gillespie. After graduating from Graham High School in Bluefield, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1943 from Virginia Military Institute. He graduated first in his class, receiving the Jackson Hope Medal and the French Medal, both for academic excellence. He served in World War II in the Pacific theater. After the war, he returned to his native Virginia to attend the University of Virginia’s Graduate School, where he received his doctorate in organic chemistry in 1949. He moved to Richmond in 1950 and worked for Virginia-Carolina Chemical Company. In 1959 he formed and was president of Commonwealth Laboratory, Inc. until 1968, when he directed the Virginia Institute for Scientific Research. In retirement he was grants adviser to several local foundations that supported scientific research. Dr. Gillespie was a well-known member of the philanthropic community in Richmond. He served on the boards of the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, the Science Museum of Virginia Foundation, the Richmond Library, and the Richmond Symphony. He served as president of the Young Peoples Service League (YPSL) and vice president of the Friends Association for Children. He was a member of the Rotary Club of Richmond where he was president in 1974 to 1975. He had a lifelong devotion to the Episcopal Church and served for 53 years at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in numerous roles including senior warden, choir member and lay reader. Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Nancy Blackburn; daughter, Nan Gillespie O’Connell of Richmond; son, Samuel Harrison Gillespie of Arlington, Virginia; son, Leonard Blackburn Gillespie of High Point, North Carolina; son, William Wright Gillespie of Richmond; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

The family held a reception between 5 and 8 p.m. on Friday, September 26 at the home of William Gillespie, 8912 Tresco Road, Richmond. A memorial service was held at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 27. I

Jimmie Gillespie passed on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, at the age of 86. He was born on Jan. 17, 1934 to the late Rev. William and Mary Gillespie. James served in the United States Air Force (Tulane, Greenland). He also worked for the Long Island Transit Authority, Long Island, New York. In 1992 he returned to Nathalie and joined County Line Missionary Baptist Church.

In addition to his wife, Verneda, James is survived by three step-sons, Gregory Terry of Fayetteville, North Carolina, Kenneth Terry (Tonja) of Woodbridge, and Jeffery Clark (Isaacba) of Accokeek, Maryland; a step-daughter Felicia Jones of Riverdale, Maryland; favorite niece, Rebecca Spaulding of Jamaica, New York; six sisters-in-law, Linda Reid (DeForest) of Halifax, Jean Sims of Virginia Beach, Florence Dyson of Clinton, Maryland, Cheryl Terry of Halifax, Flora Terry of Clinton, Maryland, and Edith Gillespie of Manhattan, New York; three brothers-in-law, Aubrey Terry (Joby) of Halifax, Marvin Terry and Bobby Terry (Angela) all of Halifax; a host of nieces and nephews; special friends, Alice Carter and family, Johnny and Ruth Randolph, Sylvester Morrell, Barbara Crawford, and Richard and Lilly Huberts.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Mary Richardson and Genevieve Gillespie; and three brothers, Fred, William, and Nathaniel Gillespie. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, at 1 p.m. at County Line Missionary Baptist Church.  Published The Gazette-Virginian.

J J Gillespie (Mrs) obit July 3, 1964 Lynchburg, VA

J Lee Gillespie obit March 16, 1943 Lynchburg, VA

John Gillespie obit Nov 29, 1879 Lynchburg, VA

John R Gillespie obit Feb 27, 1914 Lynchburg, VA

Joseph S Gillespie obit Sept 4, 1920 Lynchburg, VA

Joseph W Gillespie obit June 27, 1900 Lynchburg, VA


Kate Gillespie – see Albert J Gillespie

Kenneth Ray Gillespie, age 62, b 1961, of Ivanhoe passed away Saturday, July 1, 2023. He was the son of the late Billy Gene & Peggy Dunford Gillespie, and preceded in death by a sister, Edith Baumgardner; one brother, W.S. Gillespie. Kenneth was a huge North Carolina Tar Heels fan. He is survived by his pride and joy daughter, Kaylee Gillespie; sons, Jordan Lee Gillespie of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Walter S. Gillespie of Galax; best friend Early Gregory; special friend, Hope Sullivan, his little Princess, Karaline. A memorial service will be held at a later date.


Lavinia Summey Gillespie obit Jan 18, 1989 Lynchburg, VA

Lelia Gillespie obit Jan 28, 1931 Lynchburg, VA

Lewis Gillespie obit Feb 15, 1930 Lynchburg, VA

Lizzie Gillespie obit Feb 28, 1907 Lynchburg, VA

Loma Gillian Gillespie obit April 1, 1996 Lynchburg, VA

Luther Gillespie obit Oct 3, 1907 Lynchburg, VA

Luther C Gillespie b Aug 18, 1906. d Feb 15, 1969 age 62 yrs. Middleburg Memorial Loudoun Co, Virginia


Margaret Smoot Gillespie obit March 6, 1989 Lynchburg, VA

Martha H Gillespie 1875 – 1981 Atlantic Baptist Church Cem, Virginia.  Footstone.

Mary Elizabeth Hudson Hamilton Gillespie obit Feb 17, 1961 Lynchburg, VA

Mary Jane Gillespie obit Dec 23, 2006 Lynchburg, VA

Mary Katherine Premo Gillespie, 47 of Narrows, VA went to be with the Lord on Monday, March 25, 2019 at UVA Medical Center in Charlottesville, VA. Mary was born on December 5, 1971 in Welch, WV and was a daughter of Dewey Wilson Premo, Jr. and Lina Mae Ausborne Premo of Kimball, WV. She was preceded in death by her maternal and paternal grandparents. Mary was a 1990 graduate of Mount View High School in Welch, attended Mt. Vernon Nazarene University in Ohio and was the owner and operator of Dahlia’s Delights Bakery in Pearisburg where she was known as the “Cake Lady”. Mary was a member of the Nazarene Church in Welch, attended the Wayside Mission Baptist Church in Narrows. She was a loving wife, mother, sister, daughter and friend to all. Besides her parents, she is survived by her husband, David Allen Gillespie of Narrows, her birth mother, Nancy Addair Chambers of Tank Hill, Northfork, WV, two step sons, Cheyenne David Gillespie, Matthew Daniel Gillespie both of Narrows, her furbaby, Sissy, four sisters, Doreen Premo Riffe of Welch, WV, Carmella Premo Williams (Darrell) of Davy, WV, Bettina Premo of Kimball, WV, Angela Premo Maynard (Larry) of Davy, WV, many special nieces and nephews and a special great nephew Mikey. Funeral services will be conducted Friday, March 29, 2019 at the Riffe-Givens Funeral Chapel in Narrows at 11:00am with the Rev. Ryan Meadows officiating with burial following in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Bluewell, WV. The family will receive friends Thursday evening from 6 – 8 pm at the Riffe-Givens Funeral Home.

Mary S Gillespie Nov 14, 1961 – Jan 21, 1949 Modest Town Baptist Church Cem, Modest Town, Virginia

Maud M – see Earl Gillespie

Maynard Carington Gillespie obit Aug 12, 1948 Lynchburg, VA

Mildred Caroline Gillespie obit July 5, 1923 Lynchburg, VA

Mildred F Gillespie, b July 19, 1898. Died March 24, 2000. US Army,SGT, Residence Takoma Park, Maryland. Buried May 9, 2000. Arlington National Cemetery

Minnie E Gillespie (old tombstone unreadable from photo), Wessells Cem near Rew, Virginia

Mollie McGee Gillespie obit Nov 25, 1981 Lynchburg, VA


Nannie Gillespie obit Jan 25, 1914 Lynchburg, VA

Nathaniel Gillespie, Sr obit Jan 25, 2006 Lynchburg, VA

Nensy Gillespie obit Jan 3, 1928 Lynchburg, VA

Nora Gillespie obit March 24, 1908 Lynchburg, VA


Oscar Gillespie obit Oct 24, 1905 Lynchburg, VA


Peter J Gillespie, Sr 1853 – 1945 ‘Father’ Atlantic Baptist Church Cem, Virginia

P J Gillespie, Jr June 9, 1879 – Aug 7, 1923 Atlantic Baptist Church Cem, Virginia


Raymond L Gillespie 1937? – 1982 US Marine Corps, Korea. Belle Haven Cem, Virginia

R D Gillespie obit Feb 3, 1927 Lynchburg, VA

Rees B Gillespie obit June 26, 1871 Lynchburg, VA

Reves Lane Gillespie, 68, of Rixeyville died Monday, August 6, 2018 at his residence. He was born May 13, 1950 in Warrenton to the late Luther and Claira Simpson Gillespie. He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Janice Lynn Gillespie; two daughters, Jennifer Lynn Hoehna and her husband, Cody, and Amy Nicole Murray and her husband, Detric; three siblings, Evelyn Riggleman, James Gillespie and Mildred Cameron; three grandchildren, Kalib Murray, Ryder Hoehna and Paisley Hoehna; a host of nieces and nephews; and special friends, Chris Bawkey, Mike Orfeila, Eddie McCawley and Pastor Joe Edwards. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by six siblings, Mattie “Boogie” Riggleman, Margaret Dawson, Martha Griffith, Carter Gillespie, Ruth Jenkins and Maddie Fewell. The family will hold a celebration of life service on Friday, August 10, 2018 at 4 p.m. at Gourdvine Baptist Church, 7103 Eggbornsville Rd., Rixeyville, Va. with Pastor Joe Edwards and Pastor Kevin Dawson officiating. A visitation for family and friends will begin at 3 p.m. until service time. Found and Sons Funeral Chapel of Culpeper is serving the family.
Richard Gillespie – see Alberta Lewis Gillespie
Dr Richard Thomas Gillespie obit May 31, 1930 Lynchburg,  VA
Robert D Gillespie obit Feb 5, 1927 Lynchburg, VA
Robert Daniel Gillespie obit Dec 1, 1949 Lynchburg, VA
Robert Jasper Gillespie obit Jan 31, 1931 Lynchburg, VA
Roy B Gillespie obit Dec 5, 1980 Lynchburg, VA


Samuel Everett Gillespie obit March 21, 1957 Lynchburg, VA

Sarah Pagans Gillespie obit May 31, 2006 Lynchburg, VA

Scarlett Brown (Tina) Gillespie, 75, of Salem, (January 25, 1943 November 17, 2018) joined her Heavenly Father on Saturday, November 17, 2018, just eight short months to the date after losing her daughter. She was a MeMaw and Great-MeMaw, and enjoyed spending time with her daughters, grandchildren, and great-grandsons. She was a huge Salem Football fan and up until her illnesses never missed a game. Her family meant the world to her. Preceding her in death were her parents, Harry and Allie Brown; husband of 25 years, Patrick Gillespie; daughter, Melissa Jo Huffman; and six siblings. Her surviving family includes daughters, Trina Bateman and husband, Richard, and Carmen Gillespie; grandchildren, Morgan, Hannah, Patrick, and Samantha; great-grandchildren, Levi and Ryder; son-in-law, Sammy Huffman; and special niece, Pam Harrison. Special appreciation is extended to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital’s 9 South PCU and ICU as well as 10 Mountain ICU for the loving care of Tina. A period of visitation will begin at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, November 20, 2018, at Bethel Baptist Church located at 1601 South Colorado Street in Salem, Va. 24153. A memorial service will follow at 7 p.m. with the Rev. Hilton Jeffreys officiating. In lieu of flowers, charitable contributions may be made to the preschool and after school program at Bethel Baptist Church.

Sheila M Gillespie obit Feb 7, 1970 Lynchburg, VA

Sheila Michelle Gillespie obit Feb 6, 1976 Lynchburg, VA

Stanford Gillespie obit Jan 30, 1910 Lynchburg, VA

Sue Gillespîe, TN
Sue Gillespîe, TN

Sue Carol Gillespie, 1943 – 2023 died in TN (see obit) buried Ridedale Cemetery, Rich Valley,  Virginia


Thomas Gillespie obit Jan 16, 1929 Lynchburg, VA

Thomas B Gillespie Aug 11, 1853 – July 23, 1992 (age too old). Gillespie Cemetery, Virginia

Thomas David Gillespie, VA
Thomas David Gillespie, VA

Thomas David Gillespie, Jr., 76, died on Thursday, August 10, 2023. He was born Feb. 12, 1947 in Richlands, VA and grew up in Tazewell, VA. He was proceded in death by his parents, Janis Kathryn Steel Gillespie and Thomas David Gillespie, and his sister, Gail Klyce.

He graduated from Tazewell High School after spending one year at Virginia Episcopal School in Lynchburg, Va. He attended The University of Richmond and graduated from The University of Alabama. Roll Tide! He was a member of Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity.

Tom was married for 52 years to his wife, Melinda. He had two children, Ann Katherine Gillespie Sullivan (Kevin) and Thomas Andrew Gillespie; two grandchildren, Tommy and Nate Sullivan and two nieces, Elizabeth Noles and Katherine Klyce.

Tom worked for Quarles Petroleum for almost 40 years and retired as COO. He was a life time member of the Rotary Club and on the board of directors of The Northern Piedmont Community Foundation.

Tom loved music, especially older country music, Blue Grass, and Ray Charles, despite the fact that he had no rhythm and was tone deaf. He hated vegetables and had absolutely no aptitude for tools, but he had a brilliant business mind.  He was a loving and faithful husband, a wonderful father, a hard worker and a good and loyal friend. A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 19, 2023, at Culpeper Country Club, 2100 Country Club Rd, Culpeper, VA 22701

Thurman Albert Gillespie (Frosty) obit June 15, 1987 Lynchburg, VA


Varlend Gillespie obit Feb 6, 1908 Lynchburg, VA

Virginia Gillespie obit April 27, 1905 Lynchburg, VA

Virgina S Gillespie, October 28, 1921 – May 17, 2005. Virginia Kathleen Seets Gillespie, age 83 went to be with the lord & her loving husband at her home after a long illness on May 17, 2005. She was born on Oct. 28, 1921, in Superior, West Virginia, in McDowell County. She was a loving, gentle, humble wife, mother, sister, grandmother, and great-grandmother and loved her family very much. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, of 57 years, John Carson Gillespie Sr., her parents Lawrence Lester and Clara Elizabeth Seets, a brother John J. Seets, and a sister Alice P. McPeak. Survivors include: Two Sons and Daughters-in-law: John C. Gillespie Jr and wife Mary, Mooresville, NC Robert D. Gillespie and wife Phyllis, Atkins, VA Two Daughters & a Son in Law: Rebecca D. Seymour and special son-in-law Jimmy Seymour, Rich Valley, VA Loving daughter and care giver Debbie S. Lowe, Marion, VA One Brother and Sister-in-law: George Curtis Seets and wife Sharon, Vinton, VA Sister-in-law: Lettie Gillespie, Marion, VA Ten Grandchildren: Five granddaughters: Sandy Seymour, Vikki Speer, Stephanie Anderson, Marion, VA Kathy Burns, Bessemer City, NC, Kim Graham, Conover, NC Six grandsons: Jamie Seymour, Rich Valley, VA; Johnny Gillespie, Jeffery Gillespie, Mooresville, NC; David Gillespie, Dougie Gillespie, Jason Gillespie, West Virginia Twenty-one Great Grandchildren. Several nieces and nephews also survive.


Wade Gillespie obit Jan 29, 1910 Lynchburg, VA

Wiley Gillespie obit March 18, 1931 Lynchburg, VA

William Gillespie obit April 11, 1911 Lynchburg, VA

Dr William A Gillespie obit Jan 13, 1875 Lynchburg, VA

William A Gillespie b 1887 d 1936. Sterling Cem, Loudoun Co, Virginia

William Allen Gillespie obit Nov 15, 1986 Lynchburg, VA

William C Gillespie, Sr May 18, 1859 – Sept 13, 1939 Modest Town Baptist Church Cem, Modest Town, Virginia

William C Gillespie, Jr. August 8, 1883 – August 15, 1947 Modest Town Baptist Church Cem, Modest Town, Virginia

Wyatt P Gillespie obit Feb 22, 1941 Lynchburg, VA


Zenola Sale Gillespie obit Jan 20, 1997 Lynchburg, VA

Record Count:  129

Source:  online obituaries; Virginia Death Index; MIchigan Chronicle (African/American oldest newspaper). Tribute Archives; Washington Post.

;uller records for obituaries for Lynchburg are available from Jones Memorial Library.