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Obituary for Frank Irvin Gillespie

Dr. Frank Irvin Gillespie, age 94, of Villa Rica, Georgia, passed away Wednesday, March 8, 2017. He was born February 2, 1923 in Tams, West Virginia, son of the late Landon C. Gillespie, Sr. and Margaret Wissinger Gillespie. He was retired from IBM after 33 years service. He was a member of Ephesus Baptist Church, where he served faithfully.
Frank served in the United States Army during World War II in Patton's Third Army and won three decorations for bravery during the Battle of the Bulge. After the war, he returned to college at Clemson University. While at Clemson, he earned 11 varsity letters, a Clemson record, while playing baseball, basketball, and football and won the McKelvin Award as the top all-around athlete in Southern Conference for the 1947-48 academic year. The last three-sport athlete at Clemson, he earned many awards and accolades and served as student body president. Frank graduated in 1949 with honors with a degree in electrical engineering. He was inducted to the Clemson Athletic Hall of Fame and selected to the Clemson University All Centennial Football Team in 1996.
Frank loved Jesus and had a passion for others to know Him. While working at IBM, he surrendered to the call to ministry and attended seminary and earned degrees at Southestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as the pastor at First Baptist Church of Iva, South Carolina for many years where he is loved and remembered as "Pal." Later, after returning to IBM, he earned his Doctorate at Luther Rice Seminary.
Frank is survived by his sons: James Landon Gillespie, Frank R. Gillespie and wife, Jennifer; daughter; Nana Gillespie Westmark and her husband, Barry; grandchildren: Michael, Maggie, Eli and Ellie Grace; niece: Kathy Lee Gillespie.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers Landon C. Gillespie, Jr. and Dick Gillespie.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, March 10, 2017 at Ephesus Baptist Church with Rev. Billy Godwin officiating. Interment to follow at Ephesus Baptist Church Cemetery.
The family will receive friends on Friday, March 10, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM at Ephesus Baptist Church.
Honorary Pallbearers are Ephesus Baptist Church Royal Ambassadors and leaders. Pallbearers are Jason Kemp, Stan Reaves, Zach Spencer, Andy Copeland, John Kegley,Wil Justice, Cole Justice and Dr. Bruce Camp.
You may share your thoughts and condolences online at www.hightowersmemorial.com
Hightower's Memorial Chapel of Douglasville has charge of the arrangements. 770-489-2818


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10

Mar

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Ephesus Baptist Church-Villa Rica

8437 Ephesus Church Road
Villa Rica, Georgia 30180

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Friday

10

Mar

2:00 PM
Ephesus Baptist Church-Villa Rica

8437 Ephesus Church Road
Villa Rica, Georgia 30180

Interment

Friday

10

Mar

2:30 PM
Ephesus Baptist Church Cemetery

8445 Ephesus Church Road
Villa Rica, Ga 30180

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