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GILLUM, MR. HOWARD "THOMAS", SR - 89, 190 Weir Woods, Jacksboro, Tennessee, had a heavenly home going Friday, June 27, 2014. Born to the late Tom and Mahala Bell Gillum November 2, 1924, in Manchester, Kentucky. He was a member of Vasper Missionary Baptist Church. He was preceded in 2000 heavenly home going of wife, 55 years, Naomi Beatrice Kitt Gillum; son, Stephen "Rodney" Gillum; daughter, the love of his life, Lori Melissa "Missy" Gillum; infant daughter (stillborn); sister, Ethel Hignite. Survived by sisters, Edna Overton of Flintstone, GA, and Ella Shepherd of LaFollette; sons and wives, Rev. James R. "Kenny" and Connie of Jacksboro, Rev. Howard "Thomas", Jr., and Shirley of LaFollette, Roger "Lee" and Louise of Norris, TN, Michael "Lynn" Pee Wee and Mary of Randolph, AL, David "Rusty" and Carolyn of Jacksboro, Joey of Jacksboro; 22 grandchildren, 38 great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and a host of relatives and friends to celebrate his heavenly home coming. Mr. Gillum served as deacon several years at High Street Baptist Church, early age Mr. Gillum, father, Tom, and brother-in-law, operated small deep mines in Kentucky and Tennessee, traveled to Baltimore to be employed in the shipyards at the age of 17. Proudly served his USA in the South Pacific Tour, WWII April 1943 through December 1945, Naval seaman and mechanic, Mr. Gillum was employed by Oak Ridge Y12 Plant as safety instructor, self employed 29 years a mechanic and car lot owner, workED at Blair Fork Coal Co., W H Bowling Coal Co. and Paul Fields Realty. Family will receive friends 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Sunday, June 29, 2014, in Martin Wilson Chapel with funeral service to follow with Rev. Davey Gillum, Rev. Mark Gillum, Rev. Howard T. Gillum and Rev. James R "Kenny" Gillum officiating. Interment will be 11:00 a.m., Monday, June 30, 2014, in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery with Campbell County Honor Guard in charge of graveside service. In lieu of flowers make donations to Campbell County Honor Guard. Arrangements by Martin Wilson Funeral Home in LaFollette. Mr. Gillum's guestbook may be viewed at
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Martin Wilson Funeral Home
700 West Central Avenue  LaFollette, TN 37766
Published in Knoxville News Sentinel on June 28, 2014
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