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Gill, Billy R.
Jun. 17, 1933 - May 11, 2012
Billy R. Gill, 78 of Sarasota, passed away May 11, 2012. Born June 1933 to the late Joe & Audrey Gill. Billy was a loving and devoted husband, Dad, Papa and friend. Billy enjoyed growing strawberries, fishing, racing and spending time with his family. Billy is survived by his loving wife of 33 years Shirley Gill, sons Bobby Gill of Concord N.C., Tim Gill of Lakeland, Fl., Ron Gill ( Chris) of Young Harris, GA., Troy Smith of Sarasota, Jimmy Gill (Toni) of Sarasota, Steve Gill of Sarasota, Billy Joe (B.J.) Gill (Melissa) of Spring Hill, TN., six amazing grandchildren. Preceded in death by Barbara Gill. All of whom adored him dearly. His love will always be cherished and he will remain in our hearts forever. Billy retired after 40 years with Arrow Plumbing. Together Billy & Shirley began Gill's Strawberries in 1980. In addition to working, Billy was an avid stock car racer from 1954 until 1988. Billy who drove the # 24 was well known from SaraMana Speedway in Bradenton, Sunshine Speedway in St. Pete, and Golden Gate Speedway in Tampa. Billy Gill was a wonderful man, and will be missed. Visitation will be 6-8 pm, May 16, 2012 at Toale Brothers Colonial Chapel 40 N. Orange Ave. Sarasota. Funeral service will be at 11:00 am May 17,2012 at First Baptist Church, 1661 Main Street with Wallace Albritton of St. Louis, MO. as officiant. A Celebration of Billy's life will be held following the service at The Potter Building at the Sarasota Fairgrounds. Memorial donations may be made in Billy's name to your favorite charity.

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Published in Herald Tribune from May 14 to May 15, 2012.
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May 17, 2012
My husband and I were fortunate to meet Billy and his wife Shirley about 5 years ago. He was a hard working, dignified man with a smile that would touch your heart. We had many good times hanging out in the Berry Barn and will always have good memories of that. To Shirley,Troy,and all of the Gill family, let the good memories ease your sorrow. Remember that smile! We will see you again Billy in that Big Berry Patch above! Love Ya'll, Theresa & Joe Valenti
Theresa Valenti
May 17, 2012 thoughts and prayers go out to you and family robbie lewis morganton n.c
robbie lewis
May 17, 2012
My thoughts and prayers are with the family. I only met Bill a couple of times and he was ALWAYS so kind and caring. Great strawberries too! Bill you will be missed!

Fran Beedy (Bob McGuirt's sister) in Port St. Lucie, FL
Fran Beedy
May 16, 2012
He will be with you always - in your heart and in your memories. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Robert and Debbie Stoothoff
May 16, 2012
My deepest sympathy in the loss of your loved one
Milton Hostetler
May 16, 2012
Dear Jimmy, Toni & Megan,
Our thoughts & prayers are with you and your family during this time of loss and sorrow.
Doug & Debbe Kenny
May 15, 2012
Our deepest sympathy in the loss of your loved one. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
May God Bless your family.
Gary & Betty Gaines
May 15, 2012
Dear Jimmy, Toni, and family... We are so sorry to hear about your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers always.
Tracy, Nancy, and Camryn Rogers
May 15, 2012
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.
Donnie & Annice Gualandri
May 15, 2012
Deepest Sympathy to all the Gill Family and we all will have our memories....
Nancy Rowe
Nancy Rowe
May 15, 2012
Dear Ronnie and Chris and Gill family,
We are so sorry to hear about your dad please know that You are in our prayers. May god give you both healing in this time of need.
Love always
Julie an Charley Andrews
Julie an Charley Andrews
May 15, 2012
Our love and prayers are sent your way Melissa and BJ, and to the entire Gill family. Love, Uncle Bruce & Aunt Margie
May 15, 2012
Shirley - You and the family are in my thoughts and prayers. I know that you all have many great memories.
Carol (Fultz) Nelson
May 14, 2012
My heart goes out to you Shirley and to the boys and their families. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. May Billy rest in peace.
Annette Huskins
May 14, 2012
billy gill was my friend even though we lived a long way from each other the last 5 years i still consider him one of my few real friends. we had a lot of good times traveling in my bus going to the races & having a little nip after. rest in peace billy gill you were a good man.
May 14, 2012
Sorry to hear of his passing My thoughts and prayers for the family. He was a great .
"Tradewinds" Frank Eldridge
Bradenton, FL
Frank Eldridge
May 14, 2012
Our Family sends deepest sympathy for the loss of a great man,He will be remembered in our hearts forever
Bob & Valerie Poneleit and Joey Petros
May 14, 2012
I spent many nights at Sara-Mana and Golden Gate speedways watching Billy race. Watching him race against the Reutimann's, Will Cagle, Butch Hirst and so many others of the time was always so enjoyable and, started my own love affair with racing. I am so sorry to hear that he is gone, reading about his passing has brought back a flood of great memories of my childhood in Palmetto! While sorry he is gone, I'm also proud that I got to watch him on the track!!!
Rest easy #24, you are in a great lineup up there in heaven! Dave Jones
David Jones
May 14, 2012
Thinking of all of you in this sad time. Many fond memories of all the good times we have shared over the years.
Barbara & Cinamon Spencer
May 14, 2012
Sorry to hear about the passing of your loved one. You and your family are in out thoughts and prayers. May your memories help you through your time of sadness. Allyson & Steve Bird (Birdie)
Steve Bird
May 14, 2012
our thoughts and prayers are with ya'll at this time of loss
jack & esther cooper
May 14, 2012
So sorry to hear of Billy's Passing, I have a lot of fond memories of Billy and I working together and staying together doing out of town work for Arrow Plumbing, and the times we went to races together to watch Bobby and help out when we could. You will be missed and so will those sweet berries
Bob McGuirt
May 14, 2012
Thoughts & prayers are with your family during this difficult time.
Wauters Motorsports
May 14, 2012
Dear Gill Family...

We are so sad to hear of Billy's passing. The Gill and Albritton children all grew up together in the Fruitville/Bee Ridge area. Great family...great man!

Don and Dit Albritton
Dit Albritton
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