Reita Gilleland

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Reita Gilleland, age 85, passed away peacefully at her home in Silver City Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016 after many years of extended illness.
Reita was the former owner of two popular Cumming Restaurants, The Lanier
Restaurant from 1964-1973, and also The Appalachian Restaurant from 1973-1988, where she met and enjoyed many lifelong friends. Reita was a well-known artist in the community who excelled at painting birds, flowers, barn scenes and popular places and homes in Forsyth County. She was a lifelong member of Concord Baptist Church, an example of Faith, and a pillar of strength for her family.
Reita is preceded in death by her father, Joseph Dale "Shorty" Cowdrey; mother, Thelma Louise Cowdrey; and sisters-in-law, Jeanne Marie Cowdrey, Ruby Nelson, and Voncil Gravitt.
Reita is survived by her husband of 56 years, J.C. Gilleland; her brother, Bennie Cowdrey; son, Mickey Britain; grandsons, Brandon Britain, and Cody Britain; and also one granddaughter, Brandi Britain; sisters-in-law, Ineal Milford, Mazel Evans, and Bobbie Howard (husband) J.W. Howard; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews, as well.
The family of Reita Gilleland would like to extend tremendous gratitude to several special "angels" who have cared for her for a very long time, grandson Brandon Britain; wonderful neighbors and friends Lori and Greg Cloud; caregivers, Andrea Mercado, Sheila Gove, Susie Hazellaker; and others from Stay at Home and also Homestead Hospice.
Services were held at Concord Baptist Church Tuesday, Feb. 9, at 3 p.m. with Pastor's Scott Gilbert and Rubin Smith officiating and Brandon Britain speaking. Ms. Reita was laid to rest at Sawnee View Gardens following the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family of Reita Gilleland would ask that you please consider making a donation in her honor to the Concord Baptist Church Building Fund.
Ingram Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.
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Published in Forsyth County News from Feb. 9 to Feb. 11, 2016