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Earnest Lee Gilliland

Death 1 Nov 2012 (aged 85)
Burial Pelham, Shelby County, Alabama, USA
Memorial ID 100127400 · View Source
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GILLILAND, EARNEST LEE Earnest Lee Gilliland, born January 19, 1927, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday morning, November 1, 2012 after a long illness. He was preceded in death by his mother, the former Eva Mae Irvin; father, Lonnie Gilliland; first wife, Shirley Gilliland; and brother, Arlene Gilliland. Survivors include Earnest's wife of 14 years, Ann Yates Gilliland; step-son, Dr. Gary Yates; brother, Wilbert "Dick" Gilliland; and sister-in-law, Shelba Gilliland. Earnest was a faithful member of Bluff Park United Methodist Church and a member of the Opportunity Sunday School Class, where he served as president for three terms, treasurer for one term, and was a member of the Administrative Board. Earnest retired from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama in 1982 as Vice President of Government Programs Medicare and Medicaid Systems. He was chosen to help develop and install their first computer in the early 1960s. Later, he used his expertise with computers and designed the first Medicare Computer System at Blue Cross Blue Shield. He was too young to retire when he left Blue Cross Blue Shield and wanted to keep busy, so he put his talents into real estate. He built and remodeled homes and worked with Habitat for Humanity. Earnest was loved by so many and will be missed greatly by all. Visitation will be Monday, November 5, 2012 from 9:30 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral service, all at Bluff Park United Methodist Church. Burial, Southern Heritage Cemetery, Pelham. Memorial gifts: Bluff Park United Methodist Church, 733 Valley Street, Hoover, AL 35226. "Merciful Lord, we come to you with thankful hearts and open minds. Help us to be receptive to the message we are to hear. In Christ name we pray. Amen." (Prayer composed for Opportunity Sunday School Class by Earnest Gilliland) >>

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  • Created by: Mary Foster Nichols
  • Added: 4 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 100127400
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Earnest Lee Gilliland (19 Jan 1927–1 Nov 2012), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100127400, citing Southern Heritage Cemetery, Pelham, Shelby County, Alabama, USA ; Maintained by Mary Foster Nichols (contributor 47212678) .