McMinnville resident and Brady, Texas native Dean Ivan Gillespie Sr., 78, was born April 24, 1933 and died March 23 at Alive Hospice in Nashville following a two-week illness.
A civil engineer with Bridge Builders and member of Christ United Methodist Church, he was the son of the late David D. Gillespie Sr. and Jessie Blankenship Edwards. He was married Feb. 5, 1977 to Martha Ann Ashley Gillespie who preceded him in death Jan. 31, 2009. In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Dean Gillespie Jr.; stepson, Donald Brenner and sister, Wanda Palmer.
He is survived by three children and their spouses, “Bunny” and Wade Sugg and “Kitty” and Michael Young, both of Franklin, and John Daniel Gillespie of McMinnville; stepchildren and their spouses, Vickie and Rick Darnell of Orange, Calif., and Gerry Brenner of Oxford, Md.; grandchildren, Trey Sugg, Andrew Sugg, William Gillespie, Lily Gillespie and John Gillespie; step-grandson, Benjamin Brenner; brothers and sisters, David Gillespie Jr.. of Mobile, Ala., Virginia Carlin of El Cajon, Calif., Wallace Gillespie of Franklin, Betty Ray of Oroville, Calif., David Gillespie of Nashville, Jim Gillespie of North Carolina, Linda Dunlap of McMinnville, Charles Gillespie of Cookeville, and Nolberto Gillespie of Altamont, and stepmother, Chole Gillespie of McMinnville.
Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at Christ United Methodist Church with Rev. Mark Carrigan officaiting. Burial will follow at Gardens of Memory. Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, and 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Monday at High’s. Memorial contributions may be made to Christ United Methodist Church, American Heart Association, or Juvenile Diabetes Association.
(McMinnville, Tenn.) March 25, 2012