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Jeffie Ray Gillihan

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Jeffie Ray Gillihan, 80, of Melbourne, Ark., died Sept. 27, 2007, at his home. He was born Jan. 2, 1927, the son of Arkas Eler Zar and Alice Janie Neel Gillihan in Lunenburg.

He served his country in the United States Army during World War II; was former member of the Melbourne School Board and the Melbourne City Council; was a member of the Ozark Mountain Music Makers and was a vice chairman of the Melbourne Housing Authority Board of Commissioners. He was also a member of the Belview Baptist Church in Melbourne. Jeffie loved to garden, and play bluegrass, country and gospel music with his wife, Marietta.Survivors include: his wife of 58 years, Marietta Davis Gillihan of the home; three sons and daughters-in-law, Dennis and Carol Gillihan of Twin Creek, Roger Gillihan and Vickey Koestner of Melbourne and Mitch and Aprill Gillihan of Melbourne; one daughter and son-in-law Cynthia and Jerry Ward of Melbourne; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; several nieces; nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.He was preceded in death by: his parents; two brothers, Rusaw Gillihan and Kenith Gillihan; and one sister, Elzora Brown.Funeral services were held Sept. 29 at Belview Baptist Church with Bro. Raymond Carneal and Bro. Doyne Robertson officiating. Burial followed in the Combs Cemetery with arrangements under the direction of Howard Funeral Home of Melbourne.Pallbearers were Jeff Gillihan, Ernie Gillihan, David Gillihan, Mike Gillihan, Phillip Gillihan and Levi McCurley.Honorary pallbearers were Gary Brown, Freddy Shrable, Bob Wheelis, James Pratt, Jon Ross, Tyler Koester, Lincoln Gillihan and Harrison Gillihan.