Howard "Thomas" Gillum Sr., of Jacksboro, died on June 27.
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He was born Nov. 2, 1924.
He was a member of Vasper Missionary Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Tom and Mahala Bell Gillum; his wife of 55 years, Naomi Beatrice Kitts Gillum, in 2000; son, Stephen "Rodney" Gillum; daughter and the love of his life, Lori MeLissa "Missy" Gillum, infant daughter (stillborn) and sister, Ethel Hignite.
He is survived by sisters, Edna Overton, of Flintstone, Ga. and Ella Shepherd, of LaFollette; sons- and daughters-in-law, the Rev. James R. "Kenny" and his wife, Connie, of Jacksboro, the Rev. Howard "Thomas" Jr. and his wife, Shirley, of LaFollette, Roger "Lee" and his wife, Louise, of Norris, Michael "Lynn" Pee Wee and his wife, Mary, of Randolph, Ala., David "Rusty" and his wife, Carolyn, of Jacksboro, Joey, of Jacksboro; 22 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews; a host of relatives and friends to celebrate his heavenly home-going.
Gillum served as deacon many years at High Street Missionary Baptist Church.
At an early age, he and his father Tom and brother-in-law operated small deep mines in Kentucky and Tennessee.
He traveled to Baltimore to be employed in the shipyards at the age of 17.
He proudly served his United States of America in the South Pacific Tour, WWII, April 1943 through December 1945, as naval seaman and mechanic.
He was employed by the Y-12 National Security Complex as safety instructor, self-employed for 29 years as a mechanic and a lot owner.
He worked at Blair Fork Coal Company, W.H. Bowling Coal Company and Paul Fields Realty.
Funeral services were June 29 at Martin Wilson Chapel with the Rev. Davey Gillum, the Rev. Mark Gillum, the Rev. Howard T. Gillum and the Rev. James R. "Kenny" Gillum officiating.
Interment was in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery with the Campbell County Honor Guard in charge of graveside services.
Martin Wilson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Martin Wilson Funeral Home
700 West Central Avenue LaFollette, TN 37766
Published in LaFollette Press from July 3 to July 10, 2014