“Dear Sue, I so sadden to learn of Judge Joe's illness and death. I will never forget our "tours" of Selma nor Oak Park in Montgomery during long lunch breaks. I loved how he could tell me all the names of the flowers that I did not know. Judge Joe was a true gem! I was double blessed to spend time with you too! ODAR in Montgomery/Selma was blessed to have him work here. My prayers will be with you and your family; may you always feel the loving arms of our Lord and Savior wrapping...
“So Sorry for you loss. We loved Judge Gilliland, He played the Organ at our Wedding. We hope you find peace in knowing how special and loved he was by all he came in contact with
“Judge Joe always treated my office as his "robing and deroning" room on City Court Days. By the end if the day, I was hysterical from all his comments. He had a unique way of putting life situations into perspective!
Russellville has lost one of the best ever!!
Robert and Brenda Morrow
“My Uncle Joe was definitely one of my heroes. He definitely touched many lives and brought a lot of laughter to us all. I will miss him but I know he's with my Momma and having a grand time.
“We love this man!
“Sue, Ann and Deana
One of my fondest memories when moving to Russellville was meeting Joe. He was always fun and interesting to talk to with a positive word. Sure have missed you all. He will be missed. John and Kay Felton
“ Joe was the only person who could call me the Yank and not make me mad. I didn't see him often, but he always had a smile and something funny to say. Our sympathy to Sue and family.
“There are many words to describe Uncle Joe-witty, matter-of-fact, funny as crap(even in serious situations), caring..to name a few. I will miss his laughter--it made me laugh. He was just one of a kind & my heart hurts because I will not see him in this life, but I know he is well & I will see him again-until then, I'm sure God is laughing with you. Love to Aunt Sue, Ann, & Deana. Love,
“Dear Sue, Ann, Deana and family. I'm so sorry for your loss. Sue and Joe were a wonderful influence on me when I was growing up--encouraging me to study hard, go to college and pursue my dreams of becoming a professional musician. You are all in my thoughts and prayers in your time of loss. God bless you and keep you.
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Judge Joseph's Obituary
Judge Joseph Franklin Gilliland, of Russellville, Ala., died on Sunday, March 23, 2014.He was born on November 25, 1940, in Sylacauga, Ala. After high school, he received a bachelor's degree from Jacksonville State University, where he was known to everyone as "Coosa Joe." He taught...Read More