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John Bennett Gilliland
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Birth: May 31, 1927
Abernathy
Hale County
Texas, USA
Death: Jul. 29, 1985
Pleasant Hill
Lane County
Oregon, USA

John Bennett (J.B.) Gilliland of 85371 Jasper Road, Springfield, died at his residence July 29, 1985 at the age of 58. John Bennett Gilliland was born May 31, 1927 at Abernathy, Texas. He moved to Oregon when he was 14 years old and lived in Coos Bay for over 15 years. He was united in marriage to Wilma May on March 31, 1945. John Gilliland had been a resident of Lane County for the past 20 years. He owned and operated a construction company and had built bridges throughout Oregon since 1958. During his years of bridge construction, he specialized in restoring historic covered bridges. His most recent restoration was the Chitwood Bridge which was well noted by the Historical Society. Surviving are his wife, Wilma, children, William Arthur Gilliland of Cheshire, Susan Dianna Gilliland of Portland, Gregory Douglas Gilliland of Springfield, and Leaza May Gilliland of Long Beach, California; 3 sisters, Etta Joe Willis of Roseburg, Frankie Zeigler of Monteque, California, Deb Ragan of American Fork, Utah, 3 grandchildren Donald Douglas Gilliland, William, Arthur Gilliland, II, and Eva Marie Gilliland. Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 3, 1985 at 3 p.m. in the Major-Fredericksen Springfield Funeral Home with private family interment at Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

[The Eugene Register-Guard, Lane County, Oregon, Friday, August 2, 1985, p. 2B]
 
 
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 Parents:
  Arthur R. Gilliland (1896 - 1957)
  Lourene Evaline Hardman Gilliland (1899 - 1975)
 
 Siblings:
  Etajoe Gilliland Leppert (1922 - 2011)*
  Francis Louise Gilliland Zeigler (1925 - 2001)*
  John Bennett Gilliland (1927 - 1985)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Note: shares headstone with Wilma
 
Burial:
Pleasant Hill Cemetery
Pleasant Hill
Lane County
Oregon, USA
 
Maintained by: rhm
Originally Created by: Julia Westing
Record added: Sep 01, 2008
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John Bennett Gilliland
Added by: Julia Westing
 
John Bennett Gilliland
Added by: Julia Westing
 
John Bennett Gilliland
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Remembering my Uncle, who always had a joke to tell, was intelligent and a talented builder of bridges.
- Lydia Young Noll
 Added: Jan. 25, 2015
In memory of my Uncle J.B.
- Lydia Young Noll
 Added: Nov. 11, 2012

- Julia Westing
 Added: Sep. 1, 2008
 
 
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