Lee Funeral Home

11840 Highway 90, Little River, SC


Gratton V. Gillispie Jr.

March 6, 1943July 29, 2020
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North Myrtle Beach

Gratton “Vic” Gillispie, Jr. died July 29, 2020 at North Strand Emergency Center.

Born on March 6, 1943 in Danville, VA, he was the son of Jessie Robertson Gillispie and the late Gratton V. Gillispie, Sr.

Other than his mother, Vic is survived by his sisters, Donna Shelton and Carolyn Coker, both of North Myrtle Beach. He is predeceased by his wife, Barbara.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 pm on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 in Lee Funeral Home Chapel.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, wearing a face mask and social distancing will be required.

A guestbook is available at www.leefhandcrematory.com. Lee Funeral Home & Crematory of Little River/North Myrtle Beach is serving the family.


  • Visitation

    Wednesday, August 5, 2020


Gratton V. Gillispie Jr.

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August 9, 2020

I met Vic at the beach years ago and instantly we were friends . Every time i would run into him we would end up laughing and "cuttin up " . Vic was the epitome of a gentleman and kindness. He always made me a " special deal " on his paintings which i proudly display in my home and office for all to see . I always went to the Shoe Center to look for him when he told me of his latest painting so i could get one . He is a Beach Icon that will be sorely missed ! RIP my friend

Jennifer Wattenbarger

August 5, 2020

Vic was a gentleman and a talented artist. He enjoyed the shag family in NMB and will be missed. Rest in peace, Vic.

Richard Campbell

August 4, 2020

Vic and I worked together in 1970 at an architectural and engineering firm in Burlington, N.C. He would come to my drawing board nearly every morning to show me a painting he had done the night before on a shirt cardboard. Vic would offer them to me for $5.00 each. His favorite subjects seemed to be ducks and old farmhouses. He always wanted my opinion and I encouraged him to keep painting.

After I left the company where we worked it was about ten years before I saw him again. Our mutual friend Larry Johnson was painting a mural in a store that I was building for a client. Vic dropped by to see Larry and the three of us spent the afternoon talking and laughing and reminiscing about Vic's $5.00 paintings. Of course, by that time, Vic had established himself as an accomplished artist and was getting much more than $5.00 for a painting.

I only saw Vic a couple of more times after that, but I always asked about him among our artist friends and thought of him often over the years. He was a kind, generous, and talented man. We have lost a good man.

Candi Phillips

August 4, 2020

Most folks knew him as Vic but to us that grew up with him in Swepsonville, NC – he was our Pug. I’m so grateful I reunited Pug with brother Mike before Mike passed away. The stories they told of things they had done during those boyhood years had us laughing until we cried. Some were so strange they were hard to believe but they both vouched for each other’s tales, so I’m guessing they were true. Pug was the best story teller ever, his embellishments and actions made those stories hilarious – you could just visualize the whole scene and especially the one about Barbara flicking a cigarette out the window of the car and it flying in the back window, landing in your crotch, and setting you on fire, had us rolling. We had many good times together, reminiscing about our childhood in good ole Sweps. Sure gonna miss that smile, that laugh, that dance but it brings a smile to my face knowing you are back with Barbara, your soul mate and the love of your life. Give Becky and sista Nookie a twirl around Heaven’s dance floor for me. Rest easy my friend! Ms. Jessie, Donna & Carolyn - you are all in my thoughts and prayers!

John Hutton

August 4, 2020

Vic was a great guy. He was generous and truly was a man's man Knowing Vic made my life richer and fuller. He will be missed. It was always a treat seeing him Sundays at OD Pavilion. John Hutton. Society of Brunswick Shaggers.

Jenny Vaughn Ayers

August 4, 2020

Remembering Pug as a young man, always with a kind word and a big smile! Swepsonville was so fortunate to call him our own! Praying for you Miss Jesse, Donna and Carolyn as you continue this sad journey. RIP Pug as you rest in the arms of Jesus. Love you!

Kathi Baloyot

August 3, 2020

On behalf of myself and the Fayetteville Area Shag Association we offer our sincerest condolences on the loss of Vic. He was a wonderful, talented artist but primarily he was a caring and generous friend to and member of the shag world. I loved chatting with him (mostly at the Shoe Center where he was a "celebrity). He was the epitome of a gentleman with a kind manner, joyous spirit as well as a willing teacher of all things "art". I learned a lot from him during our chats. Our shag club was the recipient of his generosity as he donated his artwork to our club to be used for charity events. We hope you find comfort in the legacy of his talent and beautiful spirit.

Rena McAdams

August 3, 2020

We are with heavy hearts today in learning the loss of our dearest friend and classmate, Vic Gillespie. He was such a kind and generous person and will be so missed. Our prayers are with his family and friends.
Classmates of Southern High School class of 1962.

Mike and Ginger Parnell

August 2, 2020

Family, we are sorry for your loss of a your son and brother. He loved you so as he spoke of you always with love and kindness. We considered Vic a member of our Shoe Center family. He was a wonderful customer purchasing all looks in our Brass Boot brand, a true and honest friend which was our greatest treasure, our amazing artist-in-residence, and a brother in Christ. Vic completed three watercolor paintings for our store depicting various aspects of the culture of the shag dance. We will provide you with prints of the three completed pieces for a beautiful memory of his work. Most important to us was Vic the man accurately described as a true southern gentleman. Mom, you should be most proud of raising such as fine man. He delighted our lady customers with a smooth swirl on our dance floor as they tried out their new dance shoes, found goodness in others, and was extremely generous in donating his time and his art to shag clubs for fundraising. Because he believed in Jesus Christ and the promise of eternal life, we know the end here was just Vic’s continued journey home with the ultimate in new beginnings. May God assure you of where Vic's soul rests and may God's loving arms embrace you during this time of grieving.

sandy cummings

August 1, 2020

So sorry to hear about Vic !! He was a southern gentleman and very artistic. He shared his talent of art with his prints being donated to many club to help raise money. He will be missed !! Deepest sympathy to the family!


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