SMSgt Randall H. "Gil" Gillespie, USAF, Retired, participated in his final Commander's Call, Sunday, October 15th, 2023. He was surrounded by loving family when he realized, "it was time to come home, his tour of duty was through, you've given as much as anyone could be expected to do". These words are from a poem by Robert Longley, A Hero's Welcome. Gil was born to Roy and Helen Gillespie on Monday, November 14, 1938, in Greer, South Carolina. He was a beloved husband; father, brother, uncle, grandfather, and friend to many.
His love of music was instrumental in his life and the friendships he built. Music was his passion. Gil's service to this Nation was his pride. He served this country for nearly 50 years. He served two years in the Army National Guard, 28 years in the USAF, and almost 20 years in an Air Force civilian position. His service took him to many foreign countries. He had assignments, or temporary duty in Thailand, France, Belgium, and Germany. His overseas duty also included two tours in Viet Nam. In his second Viet Nam tour, he was wounded in a mortar attack while stationed in DaNang, and was awarded the Purple Heart.
Gil is preceded by his parents; six siblings; wife, Clara; and their child, Randall Jr. Surviving family includes his wife, Barbara; four siblings; children; grandkids; and great-grandkids.
A Celebration of Life will be scheduled and announced as plans are finalized.