Florence Mary Elizabeth Boyett Gillespie 

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Florence Mary Elizabeth Boyett Gillespie

April 18, 2021


Florence Mary Elizabeth Boyett Gillespie, 94, of Attapulgus, Ga., passed away Sunday, April 18, 2021.

The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at Calvary Baptist Church with Rev. Jerry Bishop, Rev. Harold Burrell, and Rev. Hilton Gillespie officiating. Interment will be at Pisgah Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery with her grandchildren serving as active pallbearers. The family will receive friends immediately following the service. Due to the ongoing concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, those attending are asked to maintain the recommended safe social distancing of six feet and/or wear protective masks in accordance with the State of Georgia guidelines.

Online visitors may sign the guest register at www.iveyfuneral.com. Memorial donations may be made to Pisgah Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, C/O Jerry Jones, 4160 Thomasville Road, Climax, GA 39834.

Florence Mary Elizabeth Boyett was born March 3, 1927 in Climax, Ga., the daughter of James Clarence Boyett and Mettie Lou Moore Boyett. She married the love of her life, William James Gillespie, in 1949 and they made their home in Attapulgus where they were active members of Attapulgus Baptist Church.

“Granny” always had a smile on her face and bag packed. Her favorite destinations were the beach and the mountains, but it didn’t really matter where or who was going. She has been known to say, “I can’t go right now but don’t leave me.” For years the three sisters kept the roads hot even if it was just for a little shopping or to eat out. Florence enjoyed cooking, gardening, canning the fruits of her labor (which she did up until 6 months ago), playing cards, and fishing. Florence was the talk of the town with her Amarillo lilies. Granny’s children and grandchildren were her pride and joy. She spent many days at the baseball fields cheering on her grandsons and couldn’t wait to share the play by play with “Miss” Claudine Jones and “Miss” Virginia Kitchens. Florence treated her church family like blood-kin making sure they had dumplings for every church event.

Survivors include her children, Glenda & Ron Kinsey, Thelma & Charles Harrell, and Patrick Gillespie; her grandchildren, Chas & Cheryl Harrell, Bobby & Jennifer Harrell, Mitch Stacey, Gina & J.W. Jones, Jennifer & Ezra Lusk, and Kristen & Gaylen Hardeman; her great-grandchildren, Carson Harrell, Dalton Harrell, Colton Harrell, Maddox Miller, John Willis Jones, Hayden Lusk, Hudson Lusk, Ella & Evie Hardeman, and Jade & Eden Stacey. In addition to her parents, Florence was preceded in death by her beloved husband, William Gillespie; her son, James Marvin Gillespie; and her siblings, Juanita Humphrey, Allee Duncan, Franklin Boyett, and Pete Dezerne.