Burnell Brown “Bud” Gillespie, age 89, of 108 West Washington Street, Grafton, departed this world November 6, 2012, at Grafton City Hospital, following a brief illness.
He was born November 5, 1923, in Palmer, Braxton County, West Virginia, the eldest son of the late James Reason and Pearl Jane (Knight) Gillespie.
He is survived by his sisters, Bettie J. Marshall and Eileen R. Moran, both of Grafton; brother, Charles “Dink” Gillespie, and sisters-in-law, Mary Alice and Ruth Gillespie; all of Grafton, as well as cousin, Mable Martin of Roseland, Florida; he is additionally survived by many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his infant sister, Renalda June; brothers, Harold and Vincent Gillespie; sister-in-law, Evelyn Gillespie; and brothers-in-law, Floyd S. “Pinky” Marshall and Arvin “A.Y.” Moran. He was additionally preceded in death by his lifelong companion, Doris Jean Plymale.
Mr. Gillespie was a US Army veteran of World War II and The Battle of the Bulge, having served in the European theater as a Tech 4, combat engineer, as a communication and telephone and telegraph repair specialist. He was recalled to serve during the Korean War.
Bud was employed as a coal miner and later by General Motors/Chevrolet Division in Cleveland, Ohio, for thirty-seven years from 1952 to 1989, when he retired. Bud received numerous awards of commendation for his contributions to efficiency and production. He was a member of the Retired United Auto Workers Local Union #1005. He retired to his family home in Grafton, where he turned his attention to his lifelong love of fishing.
His annual fishing excursions, with his brother Harold, as well as dear friends, Larry Young and Don “Tiny” Shockley, often netted impressive catches and even more impressive stories. Known to his neighbors and friends alike for his generosity, infectious smile, and the twinkle in his eye, “Uncle Bud,” was a Methodist by faith, and will be remembered for his beautiful flowers, and kindness toward all God’s creatures.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to P.U.R.R. Inc., 306 Beech Street, Grafton, WV 26354.
Friends called at Bartlett Funeral Home, 202 McGraw Ave., Grafton, from 2 p.m.-8 p.m., Thursday, November 8, 2012.
Funeral service will be conducted at 10:30 a.m., Friday, November 9, 2012 at the funeral home with Pastor Bert Coffman officiating. Interment will follow at the West Virginia National Cemetery with full Military graveside services accorded by the VFW Memorial Post 3081, the American Legion Taylor County Post #12, the D.A.V. Chapter 24, their auxiliaries, and the WV Army National Honor Guard of Camp Dawson.
On line condolences and sympathy gifts, can be sent to the Gillespie family at www.bartlettfuneralhomewv.com.