GILL, Mr. Charles Melvin, departed this life Thursday, November 29, 2012. He was the son of the late Charles Carter and Mable Holmes Gill, and was born in Mecklenburg County on July 7, 1926. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 62 years, Margaret B. Gill of the home. Those left to love and honor his memory are a son, Charles William "Billy" Gill of Brodnax; a daughter, Cynthia Gill Smith (Thomas) of Powhatan; four grandchildren, Charles Jason Gill, Jonathan William Gill, Christy Smith Urban (Michael) and Thomas "Carter" Smith (Kristine). Also surviving are two great-grandchildren, Kennedy Demaris Urban, Sydney Marie Urban; brother, Carter Threet Gill (Dena) of Troutville, Va.; niece, Tara Melanie Rock; nephew, David Clinton Gill; and great-nephew, Jackson Lee Rock. Others that are left to mourn his passing include his faithful fishing companions, Cleve Hall and Ray Braswell; numerous cousins, friends, and acquaintances he met through various organizations and Meherrin River Mining. Mr. Gill was a Member of the South Hill United Methodist Church, American Legion Post 79, the South Hill Moose Lodge #1872, and Virginia Farm Bureau. He had a love for animals, the outdoors, NASCAR, and an avid VT fan. Melvin was a veteran of WWII where he served in the 20th Army Air Force Unit in the Pacific. His duties included that of a mechanic and air crew member for the B-29 Super Fortress. As Tom Brokaw described those veterans of WWII in his 1998 book, "The Greatest Generation," Melvin was most proud of being a part of what had been described in that book as "the men and women that fought not for fame and recognition, but because it was the right thing to do. When they came back they rebuilt America into a superpower." A celebration of life service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at Crestview Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Friday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Farrar Funeral Home. The family suggest memorial considerations be directed to Southside Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 546, South Hill, Va. 23970. Special thanks to his wife for her constant care and dedication to Melvin, to Community Memorial Healthcenter and CMH Oncology for the compassionate care given during his illness and to Southside Rescue Squad. Online condolences may be sent to www.farrarfuneralhome.net. Farrar Funeral Home of South Hill is in charge of the arrangements.
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Published in Richmond Times-Dispatch from November 30 to December 1, 2012