Mrs. Wilma C. Gillespie

October 18, 1930March 23, 2020

Wilma Coleman Gillespie, 89, widow of Garth S. Gillespie, passed from this life Monday, March 23, 2020, in Pickens, SC.

Born on October 18, 1930, in Lowell, NC, she was the daughter of the late Fred Coleman and Bertha McKinna Coleman. She was a member of Midway Baptist Church. She enjoyed her life as a homemaker, mother, and babysitter to her grandchildren and great grand-children. She was happiest when her house was full.

In addition to her husband, Wilma was preceded in death by sisters, Louise Coleman, Sophia Pace and Ruth Morris; brother, Jim Coleman; son-in-law Gary Wortman and grandson Travis Wortman. Surviving are her children, David Gillespie, Linda Wortman, John Gillespie, Sandy Gillespie (Barry Durham), Joan Williams (Mark), Robert Gillespie, Roger Gillespie (Linda), Kenneth Gillespie, Lisa Lewis (Mark), and Jeff Gillespie; and beloved sister, Betty Bowie (Charlton). In addition, she is survived by grandchildren, Brian Gillespie, Alan Gillespie, Andy Gillespie, Amy Quinn, Shannon Childress, Stacey Shaver, Jennifer Rogers, Savannah Gillespie, Delaney Gillespie, Samantha Davis, Shane Gillespie, Kyle Myers, Robert McKinney, and Anna Bryson; along with 22 great grandchildren and 1 great great-grandson.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to Pickens County Meals on Wheels, 349 Edgemont Avenue, Liberty, SC 29657.

The family would like to thank the caring staffs of The Woodlands at Furman Memory Care unit and Manna Rehabilitation for the love and attention given to Wilma.

The family will have a private graveside service for the safety of all concerned. A public memorial service will follow at a later date.

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Robert Glenn Hill Jr

March 27, 2020

Prayers to all the family some of my greatest memories are the Gillespie beach trips.

Marie McKinney-McDaniel

March 26, 2020

I am so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. She was such a sweet woman! Daddy has shared many stories of their childhood. My prayers are with you all.

Joyce Roper

March 26, 2020

Robbie, Sandy and family, so sorry to hear of the passing of your precious mother, you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Tootsie Hayes

March 25, 2020

Wick was as much a part of our family as if if it was blood. Too many good times and memories to list. Know all of you have my prayers and sympathy. Love all of you.

LuAnn Durham-Plemmons

March 25, 2020

Linda and Gillespie family, your Mom was a sweet and generous person and always welcoming to all. I treasure fond memories Of times spent at your home in Pickens during my high school days.
Thinking of you all during this difficult time.

Ann Childress

March 24, 2020

She babysat my sister Loree Hudson for a while. Always a loving heart. I knew when I went to pick her up, time was going to be shared with her.

Tina Davis

March 24, 2020

Joan, I am working from home and can't stop thinking about Wilma and all the fun I had at her house growing up. I can just taste her gravy and biscuits. Was thinking about the times she drove Granny Hayes to the fishing ponds. She was amazing to raise 10 kids! I will never forget her. I'm praying for all of you. So sorry😢 love you❤️ Tina

Janet Wilson

March 24, 2020

Hey! What a life your mother had. Wonder how many gallons of ice cream she bought and how many grocery stores she kept in business . Hope she says hello to my dad in heaven. Another icon from childhood is gone. Love you.

John David Stone

March 23, 2020

My favorite memory was playing pickup football all afternoon with Robbie, Roger, Kenny, and a bunch of guys both in Pickens and when they moved to Midway. Mrs. Wilma was always the most gracious host. A sweet lady has left a high standard for her children.

Steve & Glenna Coleman

March 23, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss dear family. I am sure we will see her again. All my love to the Gillespie's and to Betty Lou.