Charlie Lewis “Big Bubba” Gillis Sr., 67

by | December 7, 2017 1:03 pm

   Funeral services for Charlie Lewis “Big Bubba” Gillis Sr., 67, were held Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, at 2 p.m. at St. Philip Baptist Church with Bishop Vincent Drummer officiating and Rev. Dr. Alfred Cason assisting. Interment was held at Boiling Springs Cemetery in Soperton. He passed away November 26, 2017.

   Mr. Charlie Lewis “Big Bubba” Gillis Sr. was born in Treutlen County on January 7, 1950, to the late Mr. Luther and Mrs. Emma Gillis Sr. He attended Treutlen County Elementary and High Schools. He was united in holy matrimony to Mrs. Delories Turner Gillis. To this union, three children were born. Gillis resided in Swainsboro and was a member of Philip Chapel Baptist Church in Soperton. He was a loving husband, father, provider, and grandfather. People knew him to be a good, hard-working family man. He was a super gardener and fisherman, and he worked at Swainsboro Printworks and Kellers. Gillis later retired from truck driving, then went back to work at George Ratchford Trucking Company and WBT Trucking Company for several years. He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Randall Ricardo Gillis Sr.; and three brothers, Luther Gillis Jr., Willie Gillis, and LaGerald Gillis.

   Survivors include his wife, Delories Turner Gillis of Swainsboro; two daughters, Michelle D. Gillis of Swainsboro and Jessica McKinney of Oak Park; one son, Charlie L. Gillis Jr. of Swainsboro; six sisters, Rubye Strowbridge, Kaytrene Bright Sr., and Deborah Wright, all three of Swainsboro, Gwen Mills of Soperton, and Vonnie Wilson and Bertha Brooks, both of Roanoke, Va.; two sisters-in-law; a brother-in-law; six grandchildren; three special people; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

   Pallbearers were Verlon Gillis Jr., Nikia Phillips, Randall Strowbridge, Clarence Turner, Anthony Clark, Jeffrey Watson, Billy Gillis, Alton Gillis Jr., Clayton Watson, and Dexter Strowbridge. Honorary pallbearers were truck drivers.

   Mosley’s Funeral Home of Swainsboro was in charge of arrangements.

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