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Joe M. Gilstrap (1937 - 2013)

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Joe M. Gilstrap

Easley

Joe Mason "JM" Gilstrap, 75, of 103 Bonita Drive, passed away Sunday, March 3, 2013 at his home.

Born in Pickens County, a son of the late John Seaborn and Vadie Simmons Gilstrap, Mr. Gilstrap was a graduate of Pickens High School, Class of 1955, and attended Anderson University. He was formerly employed in management with Bi-Lo and later with National Annuity Corp. Mr. Gilstrap was a member of First Baptist Church, Easley, where he was Secretary of the Sunday School, an associate member of the Marion Moorehead Sunday School Class and the Intercessory Prayer Group and was a former Training Union Leader. He was veteran of the US Air Force.

Surviving are his wife, Gwendolyn Hopkins Gilstrap of the home; two sons, Mark Gilstrap (Donna) of Rock Hill and John Gilstrap (Christy) of Greer; two sisters, Willie Mae Roper of Pickens and Frances Sentell of Murrells Inlet; six grandchildren, Scott, Amber, Harrison, Amanda, Latrell and Conner; five great-grandchildren; and his mother-in-law, Irene Hopkins of Piedmont. In addition to his parents, Mr. Gilstrap was predeceased by two sisters, Mildred Senn and Ruth Smith.

Funeral services will be at noon Tuesday at First Baptist Church, Easley, with Rev. Dr. John Adams and Rev. Judy Frost officiating. Entombment will follow in Hillcrest Memorial Park.

The body is at Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown and will be placed in the church at 9:30 AM Tuesday where the family will receive friends from 10:00 until 11:45 AM, prior to the service.

Memorials may be made to the "For Generations to Come" Fund of First Baptist Church, 300 East First Avenue, Easley, SC 29640.

The family is at the residence.

Condolences may be expressed online at www.robinsonfuneralhomes.com or in person at Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown which is assisting the family.

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Published in The Greenville News on Mar. 5, 2013
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