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Berry Highland South

9010 Simpson RD, Knoxville, TN

OBITUARY

Charles "Cal" Bryan Gillespie

August 20, 1932June 9, 2020
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Charles "Cal" Bryan Gillespie, 87 years old, went to his Heavenly home on Tuesday June 9, 2020. He passed peacefully in his favorite recliner exactly the way he'd hoped.

He had waiting on him at the gates of Eternity his parents; Bryan B. and Georgia Gillespie, his step-father Lee McClellan, granddaughter Sarah Elizabeth Gillespie, daughter-in-law Debra Gillespie and brother-in-law Larry Ledford.

He leaves behind to carry on his legacy his loving wife of 63 years Barbara Gillespie; sister Winnie Ledford and brother Doug Varney; son Bryan (Cindy Hendrickson) Gillespie, daughter Gigi (Greg) Householder, son Bob (Marsha) Gillespie; grandchildren Josh (Megan) Gillespie, Buck (Chris) Householder, Renee (Shane) Carlson, Brianne (Aaron) Davis; great-grandchildren Bailey (Micah) Baker, Rachael Swidan, Levi Carlson, Charles Bryce Householder, Blakelyn Householder, Olen Carlson, Easton Gillespie, Waylon Carlson, River Davis and Koleson Davis. He also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. He was an amazing father, dad and papaw to many, and loved by everyone he met.

Cal's family will receive friends on June 12, 2020 from 5:00pm - 7:00pm at Oak City Baptist Church, 211 Main Street, Seymour, TN 37865, with a funeral service to follow at 7:00pm. Family and friends will gather once more on Saturday June 13, 2020 at 11:00am at Berry Highland South Cemetery, 9010 E. Simpson Rd., Knoxville, TN 37920 for an Entombment Service. Services will be officiated by Pastor Chris Kendall and Rev. Jim Malone. Online condolences can be made to the family at berryhighlandsouth.com. Memorials may be made to Oak City Baptist Church Building Fund in Cal's name.

Berry Highland South Funeral Home 9010 E. Simpson Rd. Knoxville, TN 37920

865-573-7300

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, June 12, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, June 12, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, June 13, 2020

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Judy Bodenheimer

June 14, 2020

Like everyone else who knew Cal, we've been sharing Cal Gillespie stories since the day Barbara sent us an email telling us he had left us here without him. One that I just remembered was in the late 1970's or '80's when we had a 'This Is Your Life, Cal Gillespie'. You and Cal were upstairs on the couch and rehab staff, family and friends were in the basement. Georgia and maybe Winnie were there too. What a great family you all made. So much love and joy shared amidst life's storms. Blessings on each of you as you learn to learn to live with Cal in your hearts instead of in your eyesight. Love, Judy and David Bodenheimer

Linda Valentine

June 14, 2020

So sorry to hear about Cal. He was always such a joy to be around at Oak City Baptist Church. I sure will miss him.He always had something funny to & uplifting to say. Thankful I got to know him.



Bryan Gillespie

June 13, 2020

What can a son say about the best Dad a son could ever have .... words can not express the love and admiration I have for my Dad, Cal Gillespie. He loved to make someone laugh and smile, and will forever be remembered as the most loving person I have ever known.

Ed Daugherty

June 13, 2020

Sorry to hear of Cal’s passing. Your family has always such fond memories for us. We think oh you so often. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Ed & Betty Daugherty

Jerry and Linda Rader

June 12, 2020

Barbara

Karen Ward

June 12, 2020

Barbara and family, I am so sorry to hear about Cal. I know you all are heart broken. He was a special man and neighbor. Praying for all of you.

Dena & Jerry Britton

June 12, 2020

We are so sorry to learn that Buck’s grandfather has passed away. We are praying for God’s comfort and peace to be vividly present as you go through this tough time.
We love y’all!
Dena, Jerry and kids

Paul and Brenda Manis

June 12, 2020

We have so many good memories of Cal and all of the family. Cal was always having something good or funny to say anytime you saw him. He loved children, especially my grandchildren and they loved him too. Your family is in our prayers . I know Cal will be greatly missed in the family, the community and especially in the church. Our love to your entire family during this time and especially the days ahead.

Donna Mullins

June 12, 2020

Dear Barbara & Family,

So Sorry to read of Cal's passing.
Love & Prayers,
Donna Parris Mullins
Ocklawaha, Fla.

David Myers

June 12, 2020

I remember when Cal opened the door for me to come work for Vocational Rehabilitation in 1987. This was a true life changing event for me and resulted in a fulfilling 24 year career. Like so many folks, when I think of Cal or see his photo, a smile comes to my face. He had a positive impact on so many lives.

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