LIMA — James Glen "Abner" Gillette, 92, passed away January 17, 2014, at 2:50 a.m. at Richland Manor Nursing Home.
Abner was born March 21, 1921 in Mohawk , TN, to James F. and Lilly Pearl Stroud Gillette who preceded him in death. On February 20, 1939, he married Ruth L. Adams who survives in Lima.
He retired as a tool maker from BLH.He was a member of Lima Missionary Baptist Church, a lifetime member of FOPA Lodge # 8, lifetime member of VFW Post 1275, Lima Eagles # 370, and he was the founder of the Allen County Mounted Posse in 1963, former volunteer of the Perry Fire Department, United Wagon Train, Buckeye Riders and Drivers. He served in the US Navy during World War II.
Survivors include a son, Joel E. Gillette of Lima, OH; a daughter, Glenda Berry of Lima; a son-in-law, Harry Clay of McGuffey; fifteen grandchildren, and thirty-one great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Pearl Ashley and Huberta Smith both of Morristown, TN. Preceded in death by: a son, Vernon M. Gillette; a daughter, Dorothy Clay; three brothers, Fred, Charles, and Bob Gillette; five sisters, Wanda McNeal, Flora Drenen, Cleo Snowden, Bea Behr, and Jenny Ruth Dawson, and a son-in-law, Howard Berry.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Chiles-Laman Funeral Cremation Services - Eastside Chapel with Rev. Terry Brock officiating. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. Military rites will be performed by the U.S. Navy and VFW Post 1275. Friends may call from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Sunday at Chiles-Laman Funeral Cremation Services - Eastside Chapel.
Condolences may be expressed at chiles-lamanfh.com.