Gilbert McClung "Gil" Gillespie Jr.


Gilbert McClung Gillespie, Jr. Gilbert McClung Gillespie, Jr., age 69, passed away on Wednesday, July 28, 2010 at Duke University Hospital in Durham, N.C.

Born in Lexington, Va. on September 19, 1940 to Gilbert McClung Gillespie, Sr. and Ann Irene Feazell, Gil is survived by his beloved wife Carol of 41 years; four daughters Anne Mitchell, Laura DeHaan, Lynne Shirey and Jill Kendrick; six grandchildren; sister, Madeline Douty and brother Paul, Gillespie.

Gil was an active member of Sunrise Presbyterian Church in Sullivan's Island, S.C., where he served as elder, and an Affiliate Member at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Hendersonville, N.C. He also served on the board of the United Way and was Treasurer of the Military Magnet Academy.

Gil was a 1963 graduate of North Carolina State University, earning a BS degree in Chemical Engineering. Gil lived and worked around the country, as well as in Brazil, through his more than 42 year career with Mead- Westvaco. After retiring as President of the Kraft division in 2006, Gil lived in both Charleston, S.C. and Hendersonville, N.C. When he was not traveling around the world, Gil pursued his passion for golf, photography and genealogy.

The memorial service will be held this Saturday, July 31st at 2 p.m. at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Columbia, S.C. The church is located at: 170 Saint Andrews Road, Columbia, SC 29210-4107. A family burial will be held in Lexington, Virginia.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that gifts be made to: The Gil Gillespie Leukemia Research Fund Supporting Dr. Joseph Moore at Duke University Medical Center. Gifts can be mailed to: Tom Kosempa, Duke University Comprehensive Cancer Center, 512 South Magnum Street, Suite 400, Durham, NC 27701. Arrangements by Brown-Wynne

Funeral Home of Raleigh, N.C.

This obituary was originally published in the Culpeper StarExponent.
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My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time. I have many memories of Gil and the other cousins and they are a wonderful part of my childhood.
Myrna Montgomery Cobb
August 7, 2010
Our deepest condolences to the entire Gillespie family. We have fond memories of our days together in Ashborough East. George and Karen Aprahamian, Chesapeake, VA
August 3, 2010
I was a member of Sunrise Presbyterian Church from 1989-1996, and although I didn't know Gil, I know the congregation will miss him. Sunrise was a very good experience for me. I suffer from stage IV CLL, and my prayers are with the family.
Graham Wiatt
August 1, 2010
my condolence to the family for your loss . may you all find comfort thru the HOLY SCRIPTURES from the GOD of all comfort in your time of sorrow
July 31, 2010
My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Mr. Gillespie. I did know Mr. Gillespie, but my son, Ray Bridgeman, who had acute myeloid leukemia passed away at Duke on July 1st. and this caused me to have deep sympathy for your family. Ray was 52 and had a bone marrow transplant on July 9th. I am so sorry for your loss.
Betty Bridgeman
July 30, 2010
To Gill's family, Madeline and Paul

I am so sorry to hear of Gilly's passing., I have many fond family memories.

Carolyn Gillespie Bowen,
20 St. Andrews Drive
Lexington, Virginia
July 30, 2010
I am so sorry for your loss. I have been praying and will continue to pray for all of you. Cathy Parks (Calvin College, Psyc Dept)
July 30, 2010
I offer my sympathy to Gil's family and friends who have been supporting him as he bravely fought for his life. I vaguely knew Gil at N.C.State and remember that he was an ardent Wolfpack fan. We both graduated and started our careers at West Virginia Pulp and Paper (later named Westvaco) in June 1963. I recognized right away that this bold young engineer was destined to be a "mover and shaker" in the company. He gave freely of his talents for the benefit of Westvaco, and I am sad for him that he had such a short time to enjoy his retirement.
Ray Uptegrove
July 30, 2010
With deepest sympathy, the President, Board of Trustees, Faculty, and Staff of Calvin College.
July 30, 2010