January 6, 1933 ~ February 16, 2010

Born in: Buncombe Co.,
Resided in: Leicester, NC

Reva Hawkins Gillespie, 77, passed away Tuesday, February 16, 2010, at the Laurels of Greentree Ridge following an extended illness. Mrs. Gillespie was a Leicester native and was a daughter of the late Monroe Madison and Pearl Wilson Hawkins. She was preceded in death by a baby sister, Clora, who died in 1920, and by her loving husband of 49 years, the Rev. William B. (Bill) Gillespie, who passed away in 2003. She is survived by one daughter, Gaylen Allen of Leicester, three sons and their wives, Charles and Brenda Gillespie, Harold and Jackie Gillespie, and Jonathan and Jill Gillespie, all of Leicester; two grandsons and their wives, Justin and Michelle Gillespie and Brian and Megan Gillespie; two step-grandchildren, Casey and Jordan McAninch; two great-grandsons, Caleb and Cole Gillespie; two sisters-in-law, Shirley Treadway of Marshall and Margie Payne of Victoria, VA; two nieces and three nephews. Funeral services will be at 4:00 p.m. Friday at Turkey Creek Baptist Church with the Revs. Ricky Townsend, Gordon Ball, and Bobby Smith officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Pallbearers will be Conley Gillespie, Larry Jones, Bill Hawkins, Dennis Brown, Dean Revis, Howard Ward, Carter Gorman, and Eddie Gillespie. Deacons of Turkey Creek Baptist Church will serve as honorary pallbearers. The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue. The family extends special appreciation to Dr. Joel Rosenburg and to the staff of Laurels of Greentree Ridge for the tender care they provided to Mrs. Gillespie. Flowers will be accepted and appreciated or memorials may be made to Turkey Creek Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, PO Box 570, Leicester, NC 28748, or to Chestnut Grove Baptist Church Building Fund, c/o Brenda Justice, 7 Mayrand Road, Leicester, NC 28748.

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  1. Reva was only in my life for a short time but her kind heart and wonderful spirit will live on in my memory. She will be sorely missed by all the staff at Greentree and those of us who had the honor of caring for her. I am keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers.

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  2. There are no words for the loss.There is a new person with her husband and all the family and friends gone on before us,what a great family.

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  3. Our thoughts and prayers are with all your family at this time. May God comfort you. Your Mom was such a sweet lady and i know she will be missed.

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  4. Gaylene,
    I was so sorry to hear of your mothers passing. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. If there is anything I can do please let me know. You know that I know what you are going through. Thank you for all you did for me. May God Bless You and Your Family.

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  5. Dear family: We have wonderful memories of Reva and also Bill. They were the best of good honest, hard workers. Wish the world had more like the two of them. Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you in your loss. We enjoyed our visit with Reva in her new home in Asheville. She seem happy and comfortable.

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  6. Charles,Justin & family,
    We were so sorry to hear of the passing of your Mother, Grandmother, but isn’t it wonderful in knowing that our loss here is but a short time until we are all reunited again in heaven. Our prayers are with you.

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  7. Sorry for the loss of your loved one. Earth’s loss is heaven’s gain. You will see her again in the morning. May God surround you with his grace durning your time of sorrow. Much love to you.

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  8. We are sorry to learn of Reva’s passing. My mother and daddy, Bonnie Sluder Alexander and Howard Alexander, thought so much of Reva and Bill and were always so glad to see them. You were blessed to have good parents and I know you realize that more than anyone. May God bless your family during this time and give you that sweet peace that comes from knowing Reva is now with Bill where they will forever be in the presence of our loving Saviour and Lord. Our prayers are with you.

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  9. I am so sorry to hear of Reva’s passing. She was a wonderful lady who was married to a wonderful man. They were always good to me, and treated me like family. They were always the same each time you saw them – and that only comes from the Lord. I saw Reva not long ago and it was a blessing to me. She got to meet my little boy-Charlie – and they hit it off wonderfully. I was proud he got to meet such a fine lady. I know you will miss her, but she is with the Bill – the man she loved so. And they are together with the Lord. You will be in my thoughts and prayers in the coming days. May God bless each of you in a special way.

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  10. Sorryfor your Loss.She is home with Bill and our God and Father.Our Prayers are with the family.God Bless John & Carolyn Gorman

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  11. To All The Family:I wanted you to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.I came to know Miss Reva while she was at the Laural,s.She was a very sweet and loving person.Always with a smile to welcome you.I will miss her very much.God Bless You All. Charlie

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  12. To All The Family:I wanted you to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.I came to know Miss Reva while she was at the Laural,s.She was a very sweet and loving person.Always with a smile to welcome you.I will miss her very much.God Bless You All. Charlie

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  13. To the Gillespie Family,
    I was saddened to learn of Reva’s death. She and Bill were truely well liked and respected in the community. I know you all have wonderful memories of them that will sustain you thru these difficult days. In sympathy,
    Steve & Freda Plemmons Woody

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  14. To the family of Reva Gillespie,

    You are in our thoughts and prayers in this time of sorrow as we have just learned of Reva’s passing. Reva was such a dear person, she will be missed.

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  15. Charles, Gaylen, Harold and Jonathan, Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you as you go through this difficult time. Your parents have always been in our life and their presence in our lives and on N. Turkey Creek are missed. I am so thankful that we have the promise of seeing them again!
    Please let us know if we can help in any way.
    We love you all,
    Aubrey & Mabel Sayles
    John & Annette Ward

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  16. I am sorry to hear about Reva’s passing.I know this is a tough time, but know that you all are in my thoughts and prayers.

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  17. To all of the Gillespie Family,

    Just wanted you to know we share your loss, but we know there will be a glad reunion day someday when we will shake glad hands with the elders and tell our kindred good morning and we will sit beside of Jesus and rest a little while. Won’t it be wonderful there! No more worries or pain over there! All the things Bill preached about for years are engraved in our hearts and minds and with Reva at his side..what a great couple they were. We know life has changed for all of you and we are praying for comfort that only God can provide.
    Love and prayers,
    Marty, Sandra, Cody and Trevor Rice

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  18. Into your hands, O merciful Savior, we commend your servant Reva. Acknowledge, we humbly beseech you, a sheep of your own fold, a lamb of your own flock, a sinner of your own redeeming. Receive her into the arms of your mercy, into the blessed rest of everlasting peace, and into the glorious company of the saints in light. AMEN

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