Funeral service for Mr. Henry E. Gilliland, 87, of Anniston, will be Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at 10 a.m. at K.L. Brown Memory Chapel in Golden Springs with the Reverend Dr. Roland P. Brown and the Reverend Harold Payne officiating. Interment will follow at Bethany Cemetery in Reece City. The family will receive friends Monday evening from 6 - 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Mr. Gilliland was born in Attalla, the grandson of a pioneering country doctor of Etowah County. He graduated from Etowah High School then joined the US Army, serving in the (Patton's) Third Army in Europe, with time spent in Paris and Frankfort, Germany during the end of World War II
. Henry went on to attend Jacksonville State University on G.I. Bill. In 1951, he married Ann Pullen of Anniston. They lived in Birmingham for 8 years, where Henry worked as an engineering sales representative for Raybestos-Manhattan. In 1956 he received recognition for being the first person in America to install the new revolutionary Poly-V Drive Belt on production lines. He attended a special course at Massachusetts Institute of Technology to learn the engineering process from the professor who invented the drive. Henry and Ann moved to Anniston 1959, where he worked for Makirma Corporation for 18 years and in Gadsden he worked for Motion Industries and won many "outstanding sales representative" awards. Henry had many interests. After he retired, he became president of the Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum in Calera and hosted tour trips on AM-TRAK to New Orleans. Henry also enjoyed mission trips with Carpenters for Christ at Golden Springs Baptist Church. For 19 years on many weekends, Henry rode as a Reserve State Trooper with the regular State Troopers and became the State Major for the Reserve Troopers of Alabama. Henry was a Cub Master and Scout Master for Boy Scout Troop Seven. He led the popular "Possum Hunt" each year and received the Silver Beaver award for service to Boy Scouts of America. He has a son and four grandsons who became Eagle Scouts. Mr. Gilliland is preceded in death by his parents, Byron and Rosella Gilliland; a brother, Leo Mack Gilliland. Survivors include his wife, Ann Gilliland; children, Georgia Ann Suggs and her husband, Dennis, Joseph Henry Gilliland and his wife, Diane and Rosemary Rice and her husband, Archie; grandsons, Dr. Jay Suggs and his wife, Elena, David Suggs and his wife, Jennifer, Daniel Suggs and his wife, Taylor, David Russell Wray and his wife, Sandra, and Bernie Gilliland; granddaughter, Tiffany Jones and her husband, Richard; great-grandchildren, Emilia Suggs, Sasha Suggs, Anna Suggs, Sydney Suggs, Andrew Suggs, and Brent Jones; nephews, Steve Gilliland and his wife, Carol, Jimmie Gilliland and his wife, Susan; great-nieces, Robin Taylor and Leigh Colvin; a great-nephew, Adam Gilliland. Pallbearers will be Mr. Gilliland's grandsons and nephews. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Fisherman's Sunday School Class and members of Carpenter's for Christ. Flowers will be accepted or donations may be made to Bethany Cemetery, c/o Gail Minshew, 802 Valley Dr., Atalla, AL 35954. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.klbrownmemorychapel.com.
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