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Jo Lynn Gilley

December 18, 1936 March 28, 2022
Jo Lynn Gilley
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Jo Lynn Tillman Gilley, 85, a resident of Lake Charles, LA was born on the 18th of December 1936, at the Wright Bendel Clinic in Monroe, LA. She died on the 28th of March 2022, in Memorial Hospital in Lake Charles, LA.
She was born to the late Noble Leo Tillman, Sr. and Margie Louise Tucker of West Monroe, LA. She was a graduate of West Monroe High School, class of 1955, and Bish Mathis Institute Business College in Monroe, LA. Ms. Gilley was a 28+ year Civil Service employee, serving at numerous U.S. Army posts across America and Europe, and was recognized with many certificates of appreciation for service by the various Army organizations she served. She was also a recipient of numerous official commendations for the Department of Army for exceptional performance and exceptional service over the course of that career. Penultimately recognized, she received the highest award given civil servants not involving valor. The Department of the Army Superior Civilian Service Medal was bestowed upon retirement as executive administrative assistant at Warrior Brigade Command in Fort Polk. A devoted member of the Baptist Church, she served as church pianist through her teenage years. A skilled clothing seamstress, also adept at embroidery and beading, she later applied to beautiful doll making, and donated those dolls for fund raising auctions held by charitable organizations, primarily those dedicated to service men and their families. She was a caretaker of plants; many flowers, fruits, and vegetables prospered under that care and created beautiful yards and wonderful table settings. Most of all, she loved spending time with her extensive family, enjoyed visiting at every opportunity found and she particularly loved just simply cane pole fishing with her beloved father and children.
She is survived by son, Michael L. Jones and wife Ellen of West Monroe, LA; daughter, Bonnie L. Thorn and husband Scott of Lake Charles, LA; grandchildren, Amber L. Kay and husband Randy of Caney, LA, Britten M. Jones of West Monroe, LA, Amy L. Jarrell and husband Daniel of Evans, LA, T.J. Finklea and wife Danna of Farmerville, LA, Adam L. Finklea of West Monroe, LA, Jonathon J. Kennedy and wife Lydia of West Monroe, LA; 13 great-grandchildren; son-in-law, Scotty Hendrix and wife Carol of Caney, LA; brother, Noble L. Tillman Jr. and wife Lola of West Monroe, LA; sister, Sande K. Saul and husband Ken of Stateline, MS; and her beloved Dachshund, Sugarbaby.
She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, L. Delayne Hendrix, late of Caney, LA; and an infant sister, Lila Louise.
A visitation with the family will be held on Saturday, April 2, 2022, from 10:00 a.m. to noon followed by a memorial service officiated by Pastors Daniel Jarrell and Jason Nolde with internment afterwards alongside her beloved daughter DeLayne in the church cemetery at Canaan Baptist Church, 19190 LA Hwy. 8 (west of) Leesville, LA 71446.

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Visitation

Saturday

2

Apr

10:00 AM 4/2/2022 10:00:00 AM - 12:00 PM 4/2/2022 12:00:00 PM
Canaan Baptist Church

19190 Hwy. 8
Leesville, LA 71446

Canaan Baptist Church
19190 Hwy. 8 Leesville 71446 LA
United States

Memorial

Saturday

2

Apr

12:00 PM 4/2/2022 12:00:00 PM
Canaan Baptist Church

19190 Hwy. 8
Leesville, LA 71446

Canaan Baptist Church
19190 Hwy. 8 Leesville 71446 LA
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Canaan Church Cemetery Final Resting Place

19190 Hwy. 8
Leesville, LA 71446

19190 Hwy. 8 Leesville 71446 LA
United States
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