Ervin Vick Gilmore MATTHEWS - Ervin Vick Gilmore, 81, formerly of Stanley, died October 24, 2013 at Novant Health in Matthews. He was born in Wadesboro, NC, son of the late Ray and Eula Gaddy Gilmore, and was preceded in death by three brothers Allen, Jack, and Dorton Gilmore, and three sisters Ida Mae Kendall, Christine Koval, and Ollie Maner. He served in the US Air Force during the Korean War. He was employed with CSX Railroad for 33 years. In 1965, he and his family moved to Stanley, where he managed the train depot. Later, he owned and operated Gilmore's Laundromat in Stanley, and later Gilmore's True Value Hardware. He was a 48 year member of the First Baptist Church in Stanley, where he served as a Deacon, Sunday School Director, SundaySchool teacher, and served on various committees. He was Past Master of the Stanley Masonic Lodge #713A.F. &A.M., a Past Patron of the Order of the Eastern Star, and was past President of the Stanley Lions Club. He is survived by his wife of 58 years Joyce Ballard Gilmore, a son Mike Gilmore and wife Mary of Matthews, a daughter Lisa Riggins and husband Randy of Charlotte, two grandchildren Lindsay and Davis Riggins, a brother Eugene Gilmore and wife Louise of Jacksonville, Florida, a sister Edna Billingsley of Hamlet, N.C., and numerous nieces and nephews, all whom he loved deeply. Vick had a wonderful sense of humor, entertaining many with his funny stories. He arrived with a smile on his face and left many smiling as well. Each day he used the opportunity to share his unshakeable faith. His pride and joy were his grandchildren, Lindsay & Davis. He was passionate about the outdoors, spending many days hunting, golfing and fishing. The family offers their gratitude for all the caregivers that served him so faithfully. A service to celebrate the life of Mr. Gilmore will be held 3:00 p.m. Sunday October 27, 2013 at the First Baptist Church in Stanley, with Reverend Dr. Tony Fulbright and Reverend Milton Hollifield officiating. The family will receive friends at the church from 1:30 -2:45 p.m. prior to the service. Interment will follow in Hillcrest Gardens Cemetery. Honorary Pallbearers will be members of the Stanley Masonic Lodge and the Hardees' breakfast bunch. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church/Together We Build, PO Box 490, Stanley, NC 28164. Woodlawn Funeral Home in Mt Holly is in charge of arrangements.
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375 Woodlawn Avenue Mount Holly, NC 28120
Published in Charlotte Observer on Oct. 26, 2013