James E. "Red" Gillikin
1928 - 2019
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James E. "Red" Gillikin

In the early morning hours of June 13, 2019, Red slipped the heavy bonds of this earth for a peaceful, heavenly home above. He was born in December, 1928, at home, in Otway, NC. He was the first child of James E. and Emma C. Gillikin. In 1938, the family moved to Seaford, VA. From 10 years old onward, Red attended school in York County and graduated from Poquoson High School in 1946. After High School, he joined the U.S. Army Air Corps, he wanted to FLY.

In August 1948 Red and his high school sweetheart, Jeanie Shackelford were married and went on to have a 65 year, fruitful, loving partnership, until Jeanie's untimely death in 2014. Red and Jeanie gave 30 years of military service to the United States of America.They were both among the many patriotic youth of World War II. Serving their country was a duty and honor they bore proudly.

Red was a loving husband, father, grandfather, mentor and friend. He is survived by his son Gary Steven of Poquoson, Va, daughter Susan Powell (Pete) Lenes of Gulfport, MS, two grandchildren: Chad Lenes of Austin, TX and Sean Lenes of Phoenix, AZ, one great granddaughter, Saylor Lenes of Long Beach, MS, two brothers, Alex Bradley(Beverly) of Poquoson, VA and Darrell Lee. Red also leaves behind a sister-in-law Ann Foeste-Elderege of Atlanta, GA along with several nieces, nephews and an extended family of Masons and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Eugenia (Jeanie), his parents and four of his siblings, Eli, Pauline, Catherine and Peggy.

All final arrangements will be private and limited to immediate family.

Gary and Susan request that any expressions of condolence, respect or grief be made as contributions in Red and Jeanie's names: to the Messick Cemetery Association or to Trinity Methodist Church, both of Poquoson, VA. Condolences to claytorrollins.com

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Published in Daily Press on Jun. 16, 2019.
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July 1, 2019
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. It had been years since I last saw my Uncle Red, Aunt Jeannie, Gary or Susan. I am sorry to hear about the loss of great man. As a child, I always remember him and his family at grandma and granddad Gillikin's during the holidays. I wish I could have seen them more but when I left home, I never returned..Hugs, love & prayers to my cousins as the mourn the loss of a special father. .Jackie (Gillikin) Fillinger (Darrell's middle daughter)
Jackie Fillinger
June 17, 2019
Gary,, so sorry to hear of your Dad passing. He was such a kind man. He is now with his sweet Eugenia and so happy. Anna Clemins
Anna Clemins
June 16, 2019
Red was an awesome man to me. I would have to place him at the top of all of the men that I have ever known. Thirty years of military service is something to be very proud of. There are not many men that can make it that long or even get a chance to do so. He was also a very kind man and together with Jeanie they were a very loving pair. I don't believe that I ever went over to their home by calling them first or scheduling a visit. Their door was always open to me and before I left they would always say please come back and see us sometime soon....and don't make it so long the next time. They really were genuine people. He and Jeanie would tell such wonderful stories together of long ago family kin of mine that I never really knew. They were so wonderful to hear and a pleasure to witness. When they would tell the stories of the old family and locals, Red would often chuckle, grin, and smile where Jeanie would cry a bowl full of tears of happiness, speak of the wonderful antics, and maybe switch to a sad tale with more tears to follow. Red would do his best to clear her eyes with good follow-up to the story. After she passed I could see that Red lost the best companion that he had ever had. They had such a loving marriage. They were truly a gift to me and I now wish that I had spent more time together with them.
Kevin Barnes
June 16, 2019
So sorry to hear about your loss. You know that God and Jesus are in the best position to comfort us when we lose a loved one in death.
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