OBITUARY

Richard L. Gills

February 18, 1930April 20, 2013

Our beloved Richard L. Gills, age 83, passed away Saturday, April 20, 2013 in Jacksonville, FL. Richard was born February 18, 1930 in Besoco, West Virginia to Ray and Hazel (Smith) Gills. Richard proudly served in the Army/Air Force Corps during the Korean Conflict. Richard owned and operated Duval Container Company. He was a member and deacon at First Baptist Church since joining in 1969 when he moved from Bluefield, West Virginia where he was comptroller for many years at Superior Sterling Company. Richard was a Director of the mission board, Christians in Alliance and dedicated a great deal of time to missions work. Richard was blessed by two wonderful marriages, the first to Betty Willoughby until her death in 1989. Their surviving children are son Richard Keith Gills, Sr. (Deborah), grandchildren Richard K. Gills, Jr. and Summer C. Gills; son, Gary Lee Gills; one daughter, Connie Lee Vinson (Earl) and granddaughter Kayla J. Vinson. He is survived by his second wife, Elaine Robinson, daughter Charissa Jane Spinks and grandchildren Drucilla W. Spinks and Xander C. Spinks. He is also survived by one brother, Douglas Gills (Bonnie) of West Virginia and many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by one sister, Alma Collins. Family will receive friends and family from 1:00 to 1:30 pm, Wednesday, 24 April, at First Baptist Church of Ortega, 4865 Roosevelt Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL 32210. Visitation will begin at 1:00 pm at the church. Funeral services will follow at 1:30 pm with Brother John Blount officiating. Interment will follow services in Jacksonville Memory Gardens in Orange Park, FL. Arrangements are under the care of Hardage Giddens Town & Country Funeral Home, 7242 Normandy Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL 32205. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Christians in Alliance, PO Box 551229, Jacksonville, FL 32255-1229.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, April 24, 2013
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, April 24, 2013
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GAY DAVIS

May 27, 2013

Dear Elaine & family,
We were so sorry to hear about Richard. I have such fond memories of him and his children. May GOD grant you the comfort you will need now and in the future. Will keep you in our prayers. Much love
Our Love,
Gay & Joe Davis, PAHRUMP, NV.

Luka Chermui

April 27, 2013

Dear Elaine and CIA board's,We are sorry to hear about the passing of Mr.Richard L.Gills. As difficult as it is to lose someone as special, it is comforting to know that he is now with the Lord.His walk with the Lord has produced a bountiful harvest for God's Kingdom.

Me and my wife was meet Mr.Richard couple of time and we have seen his Merciful,Serve and Humility Heart. I belive that The light that shines from his heart has touched many others.


You are in our prayer.

Psalm 30:5
Weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.

Luka,Ghan, Family and all of our servers in Thailand.

Luka Chermui

April 27, 2013

Dear Elaine and CIA board's,We are sorry to hear about the passing of Mr.Richard L.Gills. As difficult as it is to lose someone as special, it is comforting to know that he is now with the Lord.His walk with the Lord has produced a bountiful harvest for God's Kingdom.

Me and my wife was meet Mr.Richard couple of time and we have seen his Merciful,Serve and Humility Heart. I belive that The light that shines from his heart has toched many others.


You are in our prayer.

Psalm 30:5
Weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.

Luka,Ghan, Family and all of our servers in Thailand.

Kathy Gould

April 25, 2013

Richard and Elaine are so special to me. God has blessed me with knowing them for almost 20 years now. God brought them into my life at a very special time. I was new on the mission field and needed godly wisdom and support. My earthly father loved me very much, but he was not strong in spiritual things, so my Heavenly Father blessed me with Richard. I feel with my whole heart that he was my second father. Thank you Elaine, Rick, Gary and Connie for sharing him with me. I was so amazed that he would care for me, but he did - a real example of God's agape love. He didn't only care about me in words, but with all he had and all he could do. He prayed for me. He prayed with me. He counseled me with such wise advice - some of which I didn't always want to hear, but always needed. He brightened my day with laughter. He was so positive. He was always witnessing to those around him about the love of God. He had his flaws, but I can't think what one of them might have been.

I will miss him deeply, but am looking forward to hearing one of his jokes when I see him again in heaven.

A beautiful poem by my dear friend, Tina Clary, says it well:

Death leaves a heartache that no one can heal
Love leaves sweet memories that no one can steal

Heartache and sorrow we often meet
But everything changes at Jesus' feet.

I look forward to seeing you, Richard, at Jesus' feet!

April 24, 2013

What a loss for us and GAIN for Richard! He was always so kind and helpful. His love for the Lord was evident in all he did. You will be in my prayers and heart. God bless you with comfort and the sweet memories of your shared love.
Betty Nicks

Judy Roden

April 24, 2013

Elaine - We were so very sorry to learn of Richards passing. However, we rejoice knowing that he has truly received a promotion. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. We appreciated so much all that Richard and you did for our church, Gilliam Springs, in Arab, AL. We so much enjoyed our sweet time of fellowship with you both during the Pastor's Conferences in years gone by. God Bless you.

ANTOINE SWAIN

April 24, 2013

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Cindy Shiver

April 24, 2013

So sorry to hear that Richard has passed. He was a sweet Christian man and a joy to be around.

April 23, 2013

Elaine,
I was so sorry to hear that Richard had passed away. May Heavenly Father bless and comfort you and your family in this time of sorrow. You are in the thoughts and prayers of your family here at Florida Blue. Take care.

Suzanne Sutton

Marcia Elder

April 23, 2013

Elaine - I'm praying our Lord will use your sweet memories to comfort you.