Jimmie Lee Gillespie, 82 of Dumas, Texas, went to be with his Lord on the morning of October 5, 2018. Interment will be held at 3 o'clock in the afternoon on October 7th, at Follett Cemetery. A Celebration of Life service will be held at Bible Baptist Church in Dumas on Monday, October 8th, at 10 o'clock in the morning under the direction of Morrison Funeral Directors. The family will receive friends from 3 o'clock until 5 o'clock in the afternoon on Saturday, October 6th, at the funeral home.
He was born to Virgil and Florence Gillespie on September 23, 1936, in Rosston, Oklahoma. He was the oldest of five children- Beverly, Sylvian, Karen, and Jordy Ray. Jim grew up in Follett, Texas, where he spent summers helping his father with his custom cutting business. He graduated from Follett High in 1955 and attended Texas Tech University until joining the US Army in June of 1959. After a first date of picking apples in an orchard, he married his sweetheart, Nelia (Trudy) Rae Wilson, on May 19, 1962.
The following January, Jim attended the DPS Academy where he graduated as an officer in May. Jim retired at the rank of Sergeant from the Texas Rangers in 1998, after serving for 24 years as a Ranger and 11 as a DPS officer.
In October, 1963, Jim and Trudy welcomed their son, Shannon Lee. In September of 1966, the couple welcomed, Sharlotte Rae, the completing piece of their family. Jim held his family in top priority throughout his life, with his pride and joy being his grandchildren and great-granddaughter. He celebrated 56 years of marriage to his 'babe' this year.
Jim loved listening to and singing country western music, watching John Wayne movies, and fishing. Jim was an active member of Bible Baptist Church in Dumas for 44 years. His life was always one of service, and he will be remembered for his giving spirit- making devotion books available for all, sweeping the church, cleaning the parking lot, managing prayer lists, and faithfully giving to missions.
Jim is survived by his wife, Trudy Gillespie of Dumas; son, Shannon Gillespie and wife Rachel of Dumas; daughter, Sharlotte Robledo and husband Rob of Amarillo; grandsons, Joshua Gillespie of College Station, Nathan Gillespie of Lubbock, Timas Arya of Stockton, Missouri, Declan Robledo of Amarillo, and Quade Robledo of Amarillo; granddaughters, Jennifer Rodriguez and husband Jerry of Dumas, Stephanie Gillespie of Dumas, and Katie Gillespie of Dumas; great-granddaughter Neeley Rodriguez of Dumas; brothers Sylvian Gillespie and wife Vernita of Woodward, OK, Jordy Ray Gillespie and wife Florene of Sweetwater; sisters, Beverly Schneider and husband Bill of Woodward, Karen League of Enid, OK.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Virgil and Florence Gillespie of Follett, TX, and brother-in-law, Jerry League of Enid, OK.
All memorials may be made to the Missions Fund at Bible Baptist Church, 212 W 1st St, Dumas, Texas.