Ray J. Gilden Greenwood Index Journal
Greenwood-Ray James Gilden, 77, of 204 Kentucky Ave., husband of Esther Hunt Gilden, died April 20, 1999 at the V. A. Hospital in Columbia.
Born in Walhalla, he was a sone of the late JD and Maude Fox Gilden. He was a retired owner of the Palmetto Radio and TV and Gilden Electronics. He was an Army World War II Veteran, serving in Europe in the 13th Infantry, 8th Division. He was a recipient of the Purple Heart and other medals. He was a member of Mathews Lions Club for 50 years and a member of the DAV, the American Legion Post 20 and Mathews United Methodist Church. He was twice married, first to the late Ruth McKee Gilden.
Survivors include his wife of the home; a daughter, Kathy Davis of Greenwood, a son John D. Gilden of Spartanburg, two stepdaughters, Esther Summers of Greenwood and Mrs. Steve [Marti} Arsenhult of Ware Shoals; three sisters, Flora Pulley and Mildred Bosse, both of Greenwood and Mary Mason of North Augusta, a brother, William H. Gilden of Mount Pleasant; 10 grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
Services will be conducted at 11 am Thursday at Harley Funeral Home by the Rev. Nellie Cloninger and the Rev. John Hipp. Burial with full military rites will be in Greenwood Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers are Dennis Scott, Danny Reid, Rusty Adams, William Griffin, Ralph Thomas, Tony Davis, and Toney Crouch.
Honorary escorts are members of the Mathews Lions Club, the American Legion Post 20, all employees of Dorn VA Hospital 4th West, 8th Division Company L., the Men's Bible Class of Mathews United Methodist Church, Dr. O. M. Cobb, Dr. Roland McKinney, Dr. Cesar Vivanco, Debbie Hoag, Gail Perry, Jackie Smith, Bud Smith, Susanne Hunt, Randy Hunt and Anna Smith.
Visitation will be from 7-9 pm Wednesday at the Funeral Home.
The family is at the home.
Memorials may be made to a charity of one's choice.
Harley Funeral Home is in charge.
Ruth Elois McKee Gilden
1923–1987 (m. 1946)
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