James Ralph GillenwatersPublished 10:35pm Wednesday, November 13, 2013
James Ralph Gillenwaters, 82, of Camp Hill Al. passed away Tuesday, November 12 at Russell Medical Center in Alexander City after a brief illness.
The family will receive friends Thursday, November 14, from 5:00PM until 7:00PM at Alabama Funeral Homes. The Funeral Service will be held Friday November 15, at 11AM at Alabama Funeral Homes with Pastor Rick Hall officiating. Burial will be held at Tallapoosa Memory Gardens with Military honors.
Mr. Gillenwaters is survived by his wife of 63 years: Lois Gillenwaters, one son: Charles (Cindy) Gillenwaters, one daughter: Peggy (Danny) Rooks, three grandsons: Jason (Jennifer) Coker, Matthew (Candice) Marvel and Mason (Liz) Marvel Gillenwaters, five great-grandchildren: Jillian Thornton, Kamden Marvel Gillenwaters, Kaitlynn Thomas, Damon Blake Marvel, Adalyn Grace Marvel, as well as brothers, sisters, brothers and sisters-in-law and a host of nieces and nephews.
Mr. Gillenwaters was a good man. He spent his career in the Military and was also a good father, husband, grandfather and friend to all. Mr. Gillenwaters loved to hunt, fish, and would often be found in camoflauge from November to January.
Mr. Gillenwaters was a Christain who loved to read his bible daily. He made friends easily and was not above a practical joke or two. He loved his family and all his many friends.
Mr. Gillenwaters served his country in the Korean and Vietnam wars. In 1976 he retired from the army and began a career in insurance with Security Life Insurance and never met a stranger who did not need insurance.
Mr. Gillenwaters married Lois in 1950 and their marriage lasted 63 years. Some of his last words to the EMS workers were that “his life sentence was almost over”.
Mr. Gillenwaters enjoyed life. He lived a good long life and was ready to see the Lord. We will always miss him. Many nephews have said that he was like a father to them and he was indeed our father. His grandchildren called him paw paw and dearly loved him very much.
Alabama Funeral Homes and Cremation Centers is in charge of arrangements