Johnnie Blaine Gilley

June 8, 1928June 5, 2019

Johnnie Blaine Gilley, 90, of Danville, Va., went to be with the Lord on June 5, 2019 at Riverside Nursing Home.

He was born in Critz, Va., on June 8, 1928 to the late Emmett Gilley and Carrie Martin Gilley.

He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Hattie Mae Nolen Gilley; two daughters, Rhonda Doss (Steve), Dianne Cox (Jay), and son Blaine Gilley. He has four grandchildren, Kelly Burton (Todd), Ken Doss (Staci), Jason Cox (Misty), Travis Cox, and four great grandchildren, Anna Burton, Noah Burton, Walker Doss and Easton Doss. He is also survived by his sister, Dana “Polly” Roop.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his brothers, Stanley, Randolph and Maynard Gilley; sister Hazel Roop and grandson Tim Shough.

He attended Hardin Reynolds Memorial School and served in the U.S. Navy between 1948 and 1952. He was employed by Dupont in Martinsville, Va., for more than thirty years. He was a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church in Danville serving as a prayer warrior for the past three years.

A funeral service will be held at McKee Stone Chapel at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, June 7, 2019 and will be officiated by Reverend Bob Yeaman. Interment will follow in the Patrick Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.


  • Visitation Friday, June 7, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, June 7, 2019
  • Interment Friday, June 7, 2019


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Gary, Connie Martin And Family

June 9, 2019

We are sorry to hear of the passing of your father J.B. Thinking of you all Rhonda, Dianne, Blaine, and your Mother.

Frances Glasgow

June 8, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss. I got to know Mr Gilley and his family at Riverside Health Center while visiting my mother, Ruby Wyatt. We enjoyed many visits with Mr. And Mrs Gilley and their family members while sitting in the common areas of the lobby. He was always so friendly and kind. He was a fine gentleman who will be missed by all who loved and knew him. Frances Glasgow

Cheryl Anderson Stultz

June 8, 2019

JB was one of the sweetest and most fun man I’ve ever been blessed to know. My thoughts and continued prayers are with you all.

Jane Allen-Furrow

June 8, 2019

I am so blessed to have know this wonderful sweet man. Seeing him each day with his bright smile and always happy. He will be missed. Prayers for his family. God has gained an angel.

Angie Frith

June 8, 2019

My heart is truly broken. I loved this sweet man and had the privilege of assisting him at Riverside for several years. He made you laugh and cry all in the same day with his stories. He loved everyone but his family was everything. And oh, the live he had for his wife was one nit too many people experience. That woman walked on water to
To his family and friends, I am truly sorry for his passing but rest assured he is in heaven waiting for you!! Love you Mr. Gilley RIP

Lisa Robertson

June 8, 2019

I'm going to really miss him a lot. He would always tell people that I was a rough woman in a joking way. He would always thank me for putting him to bed when he didn't feel well. We would talk about his family whom he loved deeply. Truly a great man, husband, father, grandfather, and friend to me.

Karen Morris

June 7, 2019

We are so sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. JB will be missed.
Karen and Clay Morris

Kathy and Bruce Keffer

June 7, 2019

Blaine and family we are so sorry to hear about your precious loss. JB was the person who could always make you smile. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.

Carolyn Plaster

June 7, 2019


Anita Hylton

June 7, 2019

Blaine, I am so sorry for your loss. Sending love and prayers for you and your family.