Fred Gilleland

Fred Gilleland Sr. 83, of Athens, Georgia, passed away Friday morning, April 20, 2018, at the Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center.

Born January 3, 1935, in Birmingham, Alabama, he was the son of the late Fred Elbert and Irene Lucy Bennett Christopher Gilleland.  He was the husband of the late Sandra Jean Wiley Gilleland; father of the late Polly Gilleland; grandfather of the late Stephen Gilleland; and brother of the late Ilo Savage, Ralph Gilleland, and Ray Gilleland; step-son of the late Claude Christopher.  He was a former resident of Lavonia, GA, retired from Lakewood General Motors, and served in the U S Navy.  He was a member of Old Pathway Baptist Church, Bowersville, GA.

Survivors include two sons and daughter-in-law, Fred Gilleland Jr, Athens, GA, Mike and Linda Gilleand, Carnesville, and Ilo Gilleland, of Athens, GA; thirteen grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren; and a sister, Betty Jo Duncan, Palm Harbor, Florida.

Services will be Monday at 2pm at Old Pathway Baptist Church with Rev. Michael Smith and Rev. Billy Swift.  Interment with Naval Honors will be in the New Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery.

The body is at the Ginn Funeral Home.  The families are at the home of his son Mike, 316 Deer Meadows Estate, Carnesville.  They will receive friends from 2 until 5pm Sunday afternoon at the funeral home.  Condolences may be left at



  1. Sorry for your loss. Brother Fred was a Godly man. He was kind to everyone. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God bless each and everyone of you. Alan and Debra edge. Linda Jones

  2. My heart goes out to each of you. I know Fred has a home in heaven. Fred left a wonderful legacy and the world would be a better place if there were more people like Fred in it.he will be greatly missed but we will see our love ones again.Fred always loved his family and he was so wise,I am so blessed to know both Fred and sandy, and to be a part of the life they lived.they always reminded me of my own mom and dad. We have truly been blessed by all of them.each one of you are in my thoughts and prayers and I love each one of aunt laura

  3. I am so sorry for the loss of uncle pal. But you know he’s going to be with the ones he loves and lost to soon. I charish the memories I had with him and all my family . Love too all my famly clise or not we’ve always been here for each other. My prayers to you aij and my heart cries with yours.

  4. Michael Martin
    April 22, 2018 - 1:28 pm

    So sorry to hear, Prayers go out to you guys thru this difficult time.

  5. My deepest sympathy to the family. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time. God bless each one of you.

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