Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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May 14, 2014

James T. “Tom” Gills

BLUEFIELD — Born October 14, 1943 at North Tazewell, VA, he was a son of the late Floyd Gills and Frances Fox Gills. He was a member of the Calvary Tabernacle at Glenwood, WV.  Tom loved people and served the Lord through his nursing home and hospital ministries.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Dennis Gills; brothers-in-law, Edward Rytel, Jr. and Sam Billips; niece, Darlene Gills; nephew, Daniel Paul Gills; and stepfather, Corbett Keith.

He is survived by two daughters, Michelle Altizer and husband, Charlie of Loganville, GA, Crystal Gills of North Tazewell, VA; three sisters, Joyce Billips of North Tazewell, VA. Phyllis Rytel and Dorothy Manning and husband, Carlos all of Bluefield, WV; three grandchildren, Trevor Altizer, Addie Altizer, and Rebekah Altizer; sister-in-law, Connie Gills of Vale, NC; Pastor George Johnson and his church family.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 PM Thursday, May 15, 2014 at Peery & St. Clair Funeral Home Chapel in Tazewell, VA with Pastor Brandon Dunford and Pastor Albert Jarrell officiating. Burial will follow at Monte Vista Cemetery at Bluefield, WV. Pallbearers will be Aaron Gills, Charles Gills, Justin Gills, Derick Dunford, William Johnson, and Cody Walker.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home after 12 Noon Thursday.

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