Vernon L. Gillis, the son of Maxine Garner Gillis and the late Gene Leo Gillis, was born Dec. 15, 1948 in Dexter and died on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2001, at his residence following an extended illness with cancer at the age of 52.
He was a faithful member of the Campbell Street Church of Christ, where he served as a deacon, a 1973 graduate of Southeast Missouri State University, a 25 year employee of Quaker Oats, now know as Aurora Foods and an avid deer hunter and bass fisherman.
Besides his mother, he is survived by his wife, Jennifer Redmond Gillis; by two daughters, Rachel Nell Gillis and Amy Redmond Gillis; by one son, Jeff Hal Gillis, all of Bells; by four sisters, Phyllis Menley, Linda Stearns and Lori Whitehead, all of Dexter, and Nancy Viviano of Florrissant; and by one brother, Donald Gillis of Haughton, La.
Visitation was held on Friday, Oct. 5 from 4 - 8 p.m. and on Saturday, Oct. 6 from 1 p.m. until the time of funeral services at the George A. Smith and Sons North Chapel in Jackson, Tenn. Funeral services were held on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 3 p.m. at the Campbell Street Church of Christ in
Jackson, Tenn. Interment followed in the Maury City Cemetery in Crockett County, Tenn. with George A. Smith and Sons North Chapel in charge of all arrangements.