Russell Wade Gilly, 71, of Big Stone Gap, VA, went to be
with the Lord on Saturday, March 21, 2009, at his home.
He was born on December 9, 1937, and lived in Powell
Valley, VA. He served his nation proudly in the U.S. Army
stationed at Fort Lee and then Schofield Barracks in
Hawaii from 1956-1959.
He was a retiree of Pet Dairy in Big Stone Gap with 23
years of service.
He was a willing and humble servant of his Lord and Savior
Jesus Christ with more than 35 years of dedication as an
active member of the Powell Valley Presbyterian Church.
During the 35 years of his service, he faithfully served
the church in various positions, including deacon, elder,
clerk of the session, and Sunday School teacher at Powell
Valley, Mount Carmel, and the Stone Presbyterian Churches.
He was preceded in death by his father, John Gilly; mother,
Nellie Poole Gilly; brothers, Emory and Vernon Gilly; and
sisters, Anna Gilly Gibson and Edna Gilly.
He is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Phyllis
Sizemore Gilly, of the home; two sons, Russell Wade 'Rusty'
Gilly, Jr., and Anthony Robin Gilly and wife, Sonia
Chisenhall Gilly; one daughter, Melody Gilly Farris and
husband, Todd Farris, all of Big Stone Gap, VA; three
grandchildren, Jeremy Wade Gilly and wife, Kasey Gilly,
Aaron Christopher Gilly, and Hannah Brooke Gilly; one
brother, John Gilly, Jr. and wife, Carmon Trammell Gilly;
two sisters, Nila Gilly Rines and husband, E. C. Rines,
all of Big Stone Gap, VA, and Audrey Gilly Meroney and
husband, John Meroney of Bermuda Run, NC; two sisters-in-
law, Billie Gilly of Powell Valley and Doris Gilly of Big
Stone Gap; several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews; and
many faithful friends.
The family received friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., March
24, 2009 at Gilliam Funeral Home, Big Stone Gap, VA.
Funeral services followed in the chapel of the funeral
home with the Rev. Tony Palubicki officiating. Special
music offered by Dianne Bloomer.
Graveside services were Wednesday, March 25, 2009, at
Powell Valley Memorial Gardens, Big Stone Gap, VA, with
military rights by Local V.F.W. and D.A.V. Units. Family
and friends assembled at Gilliam Funeral Home to leave in
procession at 10:30 a.m., to go to the cemetery. Family
served as pallbearers.
Gilliam Funeral Home is serving the Gilly family. E-mail
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