SHELBY- Mrs. Eva Maeola Degree Gill, 83, of 155 Camden Court, Shelby, departed this life on Sunday, April 28, 2013, at her residence.
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She was born on Sept. 25, 1929, in Cleveland County to the late Maude Mae Black and Jake Degree.
Mrs. Gill attended Cleveland High School. She enjoyed keeping children and this nurturing and mothering spirit began with her brothers and sister when her mother passed away when she was 16 years of age. Children had a special fondness for her and she was known as "grandmother" to many. In addition, she enjoyed cooking, growing plants, gardening and listening to gospel music.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Edward Gill; and a sister, Sarah Degree.
Left to cherish her memory are her children, Wandra Gill and Sheila Gill, both of Shelby, Douglas Gill (Emma) of Alexandria, Va., and Sandra Gill, also of Shelby; four brothers, Fred Degree Jr. (Beatrice) of Shelby, Melvin Degree (Lillie) of Reston, Va., Bobby Bishop of Durham, and Johnnie Bishop of Miami, Fla.; seven grandchildren, Temeshia L. Wray, Tanya Gill Johnson and Charmaine Gill, all of Shelby, Latonjia Gill and Manning Farley, both of Charlotte, Staff Sergeant Lacy Eckley (John) of the U.S. Air Force, and Raheen Gill of Maryland; six great-grandchildren, Joshua Mackey, Tygee Gill, Alandus Card Jr., Justin Wray, Isabella Martin and T.J. Gill; a brother-in-law, L.D. Corry Sr. of Shelby; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Visitation: The family will receive friends from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the church.
Funeral Service: 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Mount Calvary Baptist Church
Officiated By: The Rev. M. Lamont Littlejohn
Burial: Sunset Cemetery
Funeral Home: Enloe Mortuary is serving the family
Online Condolences: www.enloes.net
Published in Shelby Star on May 3, 2013