Mildred S. Gillespie
- Weslaco, TX
Iris Mildred Sheriff McFarlane Gillespie, formerly of Easley, SC and a native of Seneca, SC, passed away on January 7, 2006 at the Centennial Medical Center in Frisco, TX. Born in Seneca, SC, she was the daughter of the late Oscar and Lois Wilson Sheriff. A bride in World War II, Mrs. Gillespie spent 34 years with her husband, Lt. Col. Charles J. McFarlane traveling throughout the world, living in the Far East and Europe before retiring to Greenville, SC. She was a graduate of Northwestern State University in Louisiana and served as the librarian of Welcome Elementary School in Greenville up to her retirement in 1975.
Following the death of "Col Mac" in 1976, Mrs. Gillespie spent the next 9 years in Seneca, SC, often traveling to visit her daughter and son-in-law in south Texas and spending time with her son and his family in Greenville, SC. In 1985 she married Lewis M. "Luke" Gillespie of Easley, SC. She became active with him in the Pickens County Grange and the SC Beekeepers Association, along with her involvement at Westwood Baptist Church in Easley, serving for several years as her Sunday School Class teacher. Following Luke Gillespie's death, Mrs. Gillespie relocated to south Texas to be near her daughter and family and became a member of First Baptist Church in Weslaco, TX, but continued to make frequent trips back to the area of her roots to visit her son and his family along with life-long friends and family members. She will be forever remembered for her love and generosity with her friends and family, and her deep Christian faith reflected in her life and her legacy.
Mrs. Gillespie is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Alice Ann and Archie D. Miles of Weslaco, TX, her son and daughter-in-law Daniel and Susan McFarlane of Greenville, SC and her surviving brother Alan Sheriff and his wife Mary of Easley, SC. She was predeceased by her parents and two older brothers, Malcolm and Vernon Sheriff. In addition, Mrs. Gillespie enjoyed the love of five grandchildren, Kevin Miles and his wife Leighann, and Melanie Miles, both of Dallas, TX, Lisa and Julie McFarlane of Greenville, SC, and Adam McFarlane of Madison, WI. She also had six great grandchildren, Ashley, Emily, Brantson, and Camden Wilcox, and Reagan and Tyler Grace Miles. She will be missed, but each of her survivors will remember her and her love all of their days.
Funeral services will be 9:00 AM Thursday, January 12, 2006 at Westwood Baptist Church on Saluda Dam Road in Easley, SC. Burial will follow in Oconee Memorial Gardens in Seneca, SC.
The body is at Robinson Funeral Home - Downtown where the family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 PM Wednesday night and will be placed in the church at 8:30 AM on Thursday.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be made to the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society, or the American Diabetes Association. In addition, Bibles may be dedicated in her memory through the Gideons.
Robinson Funeral Home - Downtown is assisting the family with arrangements.