Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

April 23, 2013

Goldie Merkle Gillespie

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

MOORESVILLE, N.C. — Goldie Merkle Gillespie, age 89, of 134 Louise Drive, Mooresville, N.C. and formerly of Maitland, passed away on Sunday, April 21, 2013 at the Genesis Healthcare in Mooresville, N.C.

Born on January 13, 1924 in McDowell County, she was a daughter of the late Frank and Sadie Lakitch Merkle. She had been a resident of North Carolina for 13 years, was a retired sales clerk, and was a member of the Hylton Memorial Methodist Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Junior Gillespie; four sisters, Mary Loatman, Sadie Ingandela, Annie Merkle, and Ruby Merkle; and four brothers, Andrew, Frank Jr., Steve and an infant brother.

Survivors include: Daughter: Linda G. Haggy of Mooresville, N.C.; two grandchildren: Christel Isenhour and Paul, Jennifer Murdock and Paul; three great-grandchildren: David Isenhour, Haley and Austin Murdock; two sisters: Catherine Smith of Bluefield and Virginia Merkle of Anawalt.

Funeral services will be conducted on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. at the Cravens-Shires Funeral Home Chapel in Bluewell with the Rev. Alvin and Tommy Belcher officiating. Entombment will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Park in Bluewell with Paul Murdock, Paul Isenhour, CJ Runyon, Don, Steve Merkle and Keith Dalton serving as pallbearers.

Friends may call Wednesday from 12:00-1:30 at the funeral home.

Online condolences will be accepted at

Cravens-Shires Funeral Home, 3431 Coal Heritage Road (Bluewell), Bluefield, WV 24701 is serving the family.