John Howard Gilley Jr.

15 septembre , 195611 août , 2019

On the morning of Sunday, August 11, 2019, our cherished patriarch, John H Gilley, Jr, age 62, passed away peacefully, in his Mandeville home. He declared his heartfelt goodbyes, gave advice about life direction, conveyed to us how important it is that we all get along and encouraged everyone to remember the good times with him.

John was born in 1956 in Texarkana, Texas, to John H Gilley, Sr. and Anne Jeansonne. He grew up in New Orleans, La and lived with his Grandma, Ruth Gilley. He graduated from Del La Salle High School in 1974, then went on to receive his Bachelors degree from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He took pride in being an Executive Sales Representative for Liberty Mutual Insurance for over twenty-five years.

In 1981, he was married to his first wife, of 25 years, Karen K Gilley, and they raised one child, his pride and joy, Ashleigh Lynne. Sometime later, they were blessed with another treasured child, Alyssa Lynn, their beloved granddaughter. John’s eyes would light up if someone even spoke Alyssa’s name. He couldn’t have been more proud of both, Ashleigh and Alyssa.

He was a devoted hunter and fisherman in his spare time and was a huge sports fan who always rooted for the New Orleans Saints and LSU Tigers. His favorite pastime was going to his camp in Venice, La.

In 2005, John met his Love, Pamela B Gilley. They were married in 2012, and he officially became a loving stepfather, friend and confidant, to her four children, Kelsey, Austin, Taylor and Alysia. As time passed, they were blessed with another love of their lives, Aubrey Nicole, their adored granddaughter. John genuinely enjoyed doting on Aubrey, spending most of his days alternating between ESPN and cartoons, with Aubrey on his lap.

John was preceded in death by his Father, John H Gilley, Sr., Brother, Peter Gilley and Grandma, Ruth Gilley. He leaves behind, in tears and smiles, to cherish his precious memories, his Wife, Pamela Gilley, Daughter, Ashleigh Gilley, Stepchildren, Kelsey, Austin (Morgan), and Taylor (Nicole) Luwisch and Alysia Boudreaux, Granddaughters, Alyssa Gilley and Aubrey Luwisch, Loving Mother and Stepfather, Anne and Jerry Jeansonne, Devoted Uncle, William (Sonny) McCauly, Jr., Caring Sisters and Brothers, Jan Faiella Gilley (Billy Gallager), Tina Douglas, Jeanne Gilley, Karen Thornton, David Gilley Williams, John Henry, Toni, Candi and James Robert Gilley and nieces, nephews, many friends, acquaintances and people who were like family to him. He will be remembered for his strength, generosity, wit and most importantly how greatly he loved.

The family will be accepting guests at: St Ann’s Church & National Shrine, 3601 Transcontinental Drive, Metairie, La, 70006 from 11:00am-1:00pm on Saturday, August 24, 2019. Visitation will be from 11:00am-until Mass begins.


  • Visitation samedi, 24 août , 2019
  • Memorial Mass samedi, 24 août , 2019


John Howard Gilley Jr.


Mickey Phelan

24 août , 2019

Dear Gilley Family
John & I were teammates &!friends on DeLaSalles’ football team. John was the consummate Team player and had he been fortunate enough to have coach Smith his senior year his playing days would have definitely extended into college. I will always remember John as the Center of our offensive line. May God extend his loving hand over John and your Family. God Bless. Mickey

Amy Lebouef

22 août , 2019

There are so many memories looking back, i will never forget how John showed me how to make fried corn on the cob...so many laughs we shared. I know you are in a better place. I know the heart ache everyone is feeling. I will miss you dearly especially during football season. Till we meet again.

Jasmin na Faiella

22 août , 2019

To my beloved Uncle and my God Father.
Till we meet again, see you later

Love you always and Forever,

Kathleen Rayner

22 août , 2019

I am so sorry to hear of John’s passing. He was such an intelligent, friendly, and family person.
I’ll always remember with fondness the excitement he had when you put up the Christmas tree in the Clipper Estate house. He chuckled at all the red decorations. He sure did love that dog too, lol.
I’ll always appreciate how kind he was to Scarlett but what I will remember most is how he loved you Pam and all of your children. It takes a special man to do that. And special he was.
May he Rest In Peace knowing he will live forever in the hearts of his loved ones.

Pamela Gilley

22 août , 2019