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Freddie McKinley Gillis Sr., age 78, of Four Seasons Circle, Erwin, died Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 29, 2010, at Unicoi County Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Gillis was the son of the late Frank and Lula Sparks Gillis. He was a Baptist.
Survivors include his wife, Jeannette Gillis; two daughters and one son-in-law, Deborah and Donald Neiswender, and Kathleen Henry; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Fred and Evelyn Gillis Jr., Allen Gillis, and Kirby and Priscilla Gillis; 14 grandchildren, Dawn, Charles, Jacob, Fred III, Shannon, Scott, Taylor, Steven, Stacy, Dawn, Sharon, Crissy, Glenn and Tessia; 16 great-grandchildren, Kevin, Miranda, Melinda, Michael, Madison, Molly, Caitlin, Ashley, Matthew, Christian, Steven, Makayla, Cyncere, Trinity, Kamerron and Scott Jr.; one great-great-grandchild, Braylyne; and sister and brother-in-law, Myrtle and John Banks.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011, at Evergreen Cemetery. Pastor Steve Rembert officiated. Active pallbearers were Allen, Kirby and Freddie Gillis, Donald and Kevin Neiswender, and Charles Russell.
Robert Ledford Funeral Home and Chapel was in charge.