Hunter F. Gilley Sr.

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Hunter F. Gilley, Sr. whom resided in Hampstead, MD and formerly of Churchville, MD, passed away on August 18, 2017. After a long journey of life, he was welcomed into Heaven to be with his Savior as his loving daughter and caregiver held his hand. On May 10, 2017, his family and friends celebrated his 100th birthday at his daughter, Joan Sheedy's home. It was a special day that included a letter from the White House signed by President Donald J. Trump and the First Lady and a letter and T-shirt signed by Drew Carry and the staff of The Price is Right. Hunter was born on May 4, 1917 in Ash County, NC. He was the oldest son to his late parents Walter and Retta Blevins Gilley, and the beloved husband of Anna Hitchcock Gilley for 56 years. He is survived by two of his six siblings, Margaret Dill and Lee Roy Gilley. He is also survived by eight of his nine children, daughters Janet Long of Dublin, MD, Ruth Johnson of Fallston, MD, Joan Sheedy of Hampstead, MD, Beatrice Fekete of Aberdeen, MD, and sons, Roy Gene Gilley of Street, MD, Richard Gilley of Pylesville, MD, Leon Gilley of Aberdeen, MD, and Randy Gilley of Abingdon, MD. He is also survived by 27 grandchildren, 49 great grandchildren, three great-great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death this year by his oldest son, Hunter F. Gilley Jr., two brothers, Robert Gilley and Ralph Gilley, a sister, Faye Hurley, grandson John Brown, and two daughter-in-law's, Janet Garity Gilley and Hazel Bennett Gilley. During Hunter's long life, he worked hard to provide for his family beginning with owning and working a farm in PA. with corn and tomatoes as his main crops for income. From there he went into construction at the Peach Bottom Atomic Plant, in Delta, PA. He worked very hard at climbing and cutting trees when times were hard. He worked at the NJ Power Plant and Bainbridge Naval Base, Port Deposit, MD. Before these jobs he found work at the Whiteford Packing Co. using his 1956 dump truck and his 1954 Farmall Tractor. He always had a cow, chickens and a wonderful garden to supplement the family groceries and to give to his neighbors. After he retired, he enjoyed doing odd jobs until his wife became ill and passed away in 1993. He then enjoyed working on his tulip garden, having conversations with his family and morning coffee with friends. He enjoyed watching the birds and spending time with his dog, Misty. He traveled to North Carolina, West Virginia, and took his first Plane ride to Colorado. His health caused him to move from the house he built in Churchville to live with his daughter, Beatrice Fekete for over three years and then with his daughter, Joan Sheedy until his passing. Hunter will be greatly missed by his family and friends leaving wonderful memories to treasure. A visitation service will be held Tuesday August 22, 2017 from 6-9 pm, where a Funeral service will be held on Wednesday at 11:00 am at the family owned Evans Funeral Chapel & Cremation Services , Bel Air 3 Newport Dr. (Rts. 23 & 24) Forest Hill, beginning at 11 a.m. As a longtime member of the Welcome Home Freewill Baptist Church, interment will be held at the church where he will be laid to rest beside his beloved wife, Anna. Service will be conducted by Pastor Marshall Childers of Free Will Baptist Church and his grandson Rev. Guy Long of Pleasantview Baptist Church.

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Evans Funeral Chapel & Cremation Services - Forest Hill
3 Newport Drive
Forest Hill, MD 21050
Published in Carroll County Times on Aug. 22, 2017
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