Dewitt Gilley

December 13, 2018

Dewitt Gilley, 91, passed to his Heavenly home on December 13, 2018.  He was a native of Escambia County, Florida, having being born and raised in Bratt, Florida. After a time in the U.S. Army he spent the rest of his life in Pensacola, Escambia County, Florida until going to Westinghouse, Alabama in 2007 to be near family that could help with his care after suffering a major stroke in 2005.

Dewitt was preceded in death by his parents and all of his siblings and their spouses. He was also preceded in death by his daughter and her husband, Carol and Donnie Driggers.

He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Aurelia Gilley; son, Rev. Larry (Joan) Gilley; daughter, Andrea (Jerry) Tucker; five grandchildren, Jennifer Hartsfield, Alice Pilgreen, Shirley Gilley, Daniel Gilley, and Bethany Gilley; three great grandchildren; and one great-great granddaughter.

Dewitt loved God, family, church, fellow workers, and his many friends. He served in many capacities in his church. He was an active deacon for 50 years, RA Leader, Brotherhood Director, and Sunday School Teacher of boys. He loved choir and served on many committees. He was a WWII Veteran and had worked with Gulf Power Company for 43 ½ years. He was a member of IBEW Local Union 1005 and served as their Business Manager for many years. With each responsibility he gave total commitment. But his family never felt neglected. He always had time for family.

During the last 13 years of his life, since his stroke, he will always be remembered for his sweet smile and attitude even though his speech was taken away by the stroke. His most often referred to scripture was “I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances, Phil 4:11. He was content and had a supernatural peace. What an example he has been! He was a joy to care for.

Special thanks to all who played a part in giving care but special acknowledgement to our granddaughter, Alice Pilgreen, who has been faithful and seen to our every need, especially for the last 2 years. We will miss you here but meet you in Heaven.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, December 17, 2018, at Faith Chapel Funeral Home North with Bro. Larry Gore officiating.

Burial will follow in Pensacola Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at 10 a.m. prior to services.

Memorials may be made to: Santuck Baptist Church Building Fund, 7250 Central Plank Road, Wetumpka, Alabama 36092 or Gonzalez Baptist Church, P.O. Box 37, Gonzalez, Florida 32560.

Faith Chapel Funeral Home North is entrusted with arrangements.

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