Lois Gates Gillespie

September 14, 1952February 28, 2019

Lois Gates Gillespie, age 66, of Claremont, NC, passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 28, 2019 at her home. Born September 14, 1952, in Tazewell County, VA, she was the daughter of the late James Gates and Bertha Horn Gates.

Lois enjoyed gardening and fishing and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, who were proud to call her “Granny”.

In addition to her parents, Lois was preceded in death by her sisters, Nancy Burnette and Nora Lester; and brothers, John Henry Gates and George Gates.

Survivors include her husband of 37 years, Donald L. Gillespie of the home; daughters, Tina Gillespie of Claremont, NC, and Betty Smith and husband John of Spartanburg, SC; sons, Kenneth Gillespie and wife Mayra of Lincolnton, NC, Donald L. Gillespie, Jr. and wife Jennifer of Conover, NC, and Eric Gillespie and wife Michelle of Rock Hill, SC; sister, Catherine Bowlin of Tazewell, VA; brothers, Doug Gates and Lewis Gates, both of Tazewell, VA; and grandchildren, Jayme Gillespie, Austin Gillespie, Matthew Gillespie, Johnathan Gillespie, Rylee Gillespie and Sadie Gillespie.

A private graveside service will be held at 2:00 PM on Monday, March 4, 2019, at Grandview Memorial Gardens in Bluefield, VA, with Rev. Danny Puckett officiating.

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The Gillespie family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Conover, NC.


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Tina Gillespie

March 21, 2019

First of all I want to just say, I love you, I miss you so much. I remember when Kenny an I was little, when we was little and got into trouble you would always bail us out or try so hard unless it was something really bad. lol I loved when you would go to can tomatoes I would eat them almost as fast as you was making them. I shouldn't have stayed in Virginia as long as I did after ya'll moved down to NC. but I am glad that I was there for the last 6 months with you. I will always remember you we have plenty of pics and our own memories. There at the end when you came home this last time from the hospital, I tried to do everything to make you happy and comfortable, I just felt like I could of done more an everybody says I did the best I could an that there was nothing else dad and I could of done. We love you Biggen an miss you so much. Dad misses you calling him a dumbass sometimes. For every body that comments on here for our family. I just want to thank everybody an please always remember her and thank you. Love Always Tina Nicole Gillespie

Randy and Carolyn Large

March 3, 2019

Lois was a true friend to me. We had some good times together! We spent a lot of time together in the early years of our marriage. I haven't seen her over the last years, I have thought of her many times!
God bless you all! We love you!
I don't think we will be able to make it tomorrow, with the cold , Randy is on oxygen and can't walk very far, know we love you and are praying for you all!