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Hillsboro - Funeral for Retired Lt. Colonel Wimpy Gillespie, 88, of Hillsboro will be Wednesday, October 9, 2019, at Parkway Funeral Home, at 2:00 PM with Rev. Derrick Stewart, Rev. Daniel Gray, and Rev. Jackie Davis officiating. Entombment will be in Midway Memorial Gardens, formerly known as East Lawrence Memorial Gardens, with military honors. Visitation will be two hours before the service at the funeral home. Lt. Colonel Gillespie, who died Thursday, October 3, 2019, was born, November 8, 1930, to Percy Wade Gillespie and Lucy Mae Rutherford Gillespie. He was an active member of Independent Church, Hillsboro Al, and Crossway Ministries of Andalusia. He graduated from the University of North Alabama. He was an Airborne Ranger, Green Beret, retired school teacher, principal and coach. He retired from the United States Army. He was a member of the American Legion, the Wild Turkey Federation, and the Retired Teacher Association. He loved God, his family and his country. He will be greatly missed by so many.
He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers - Flint Gillespie and Howard (Hambone) Gillespie, 2 sisters - Myrtle Ruth Bell and Opal Gillespie
Wife - Unita Gillespie
2 daughters - Doreatha Gillespie and Candace Stewart
2 brothers - Billy Gillespie and James Gillespie
3 sisters - Christine Guarisco, Peggy Shelton and Mary Ann Myers
5 grandchildren - Christopher Terry, Bryce Stewart, Brinnley Stewart, Brody Stewart, and Brayden Stewart, and 1 great grandchild - Lexi Terry
Pallbearers will be Bryce Stewart, Brody Stewart, Christopher Terry, Mark Gillespie, Stanley Gillespie, Don Gillespie.
Honorary pallbearers will be Todd Shelton, Scott Shelton, Keith Shelton, Flint Gillespie, Jr., Victor Guarisco, Daniel Gillespie, Dewayne Hutto, Kenny Gillespie, Craig Gillespie, Michael Gillespie, Chad Griggs, Dylan Dyess, Dustin Dyess, Doug Gillespie, Chuck Danley, and Jeff Ramsey.