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Belva Ora Owen Gillespie


March 8, 2018

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Belva Ora Owen Gillespie

Belva Ora Owen Gillespie went home to be with the Lord Monday, March 5, 2018.

She was born in Transylvania County April 10, 1924, to the late Rufus W. and Florence Owen. She was also preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Fred Gillespie, seven brothers and two sisters.

Survivors include two sons, Larry Gillespie (Darlene), and Sid Gillespie (Sheila); one daughter, Beverly Barnett (Tammie); five grandchildren, Elaine Hauss (Wilson), Crystal McCall (Ernie), Justin Gillespie, Treena Finney (Zachary), and Tammy Johnson (Chris); eight great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandson.

She was a homemaker who taught her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren many life lessons. She loved her family, her church and her community. She was always there to listen and offer a helping hand to those in need. Her wisdom and wit will be greatly missed.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 9, 2018, at Cherryfield Baptist Church, of which she was a lifelong member.

The family will receive friends immediately following the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mt. Moriah Cemetery Fund or to Cherryfield Baptist Church, 2970 Whitmire Road, Brevard, NC 28712.

Moody-Connolly Life Celebrations is caring for the family.

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