GILLIHAN, VILLA REBA - Izard County, Arkansas | VILLA REBA GILLIHAN - Arkansas Gravestone Photos


Reeves Cemetery
Izard County,

Elmer 08 Aug 1918 - 14 Jan 2001 veteran
Villa 26 Oct 1925 - 09 Jan 2014

Marriage: 07 May 1949 Melbourne, Arkansas

Elmer Garland “Doker” Gillihan son of Ben Gillihan and Mae (Denton) Gillihan. Villa Reba (Jones) Gillihan daughter of Jimmy Jones and Ethel (Moser) Jones.

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MELBOURNE – Elmer Garland “Doker” Gillihan, 82, of Melbourne, died Sunday, Jan. 14, 2001, at a nursing home in Melbourne.

Born Aug. 8, 1918, in Lunenburg, he was the son of Ben and Mae Denton Gillihan.

He was a civil service worker for 27 years. He was in the Army and served in World War II. He received a purple heart and three Bronze Stars.

He was of the Baptist faith and a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Survivors include his wife, Villa Gillihan; four sons, Donnie Gillihan of Melbourne, Carl Gillihan, Larry Gillihan and Randy Gillihan, all of Escalon, Calif.; a daughter, Cathy Langston of Melbourne; 14 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Flavil and Frank Gillihan; and two sisters, Velda and Selma Gillihan.

The funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Billy Howard Memorial Chapel in Melbourne with Noble Wiles officiating. Burial will be at Reeves Cemetery near Guion with arrangements by Eddie’s Family Funeral Home in Melbourne.

Pallbearers are Rex Tate, Jim Haley, Lee Watson, Eudell Smith, Don Watson and Alvin Jeffery.

Honorary pallbearers are Vance Tate and Newt Blankenship.

Obituary located through The Batesville Guard Batesville, Independence County, Arkansas.

And his wife, Eddie's Family Funeral Home Website
Villa Reba Jones Gillihan, daughter of the late Jimmy Jones and Ethel Moser Jones, was born October 26, 1925 in Lafferty, Arkansas. She departed this life January 9, 2014 in Melbourne, Arkansas at the age of 88 years, 2 months and 14 days.

She was united in marriage to Elmer Garland "Docker" Gillihan on May 7, 1949 in Melbourne, Arkansas and to this union five children were born.

She spent her life as a daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother homemaker and friend. She was of the Baptist faith.

She is survived by four sons and daughters-in-law: Donnie and Ruth Gillihan of Melbourne, Carl and Vicky Gillihan, Larry and Toni Gillihan, Randy (Joe) and Jackie Gillihan all of Escalon, California; one daughter: Cathy Gillihan of Cave City; eleven grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren and a host of other relatives and many good friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 51 years; three brothers: Edgar Jones; Everett Jones and Estes Jones; two sisters: Rogie Wren and Bonnie Jones and one grandchild.

Funeral service will be Thursday, January 16 at 1:00 p.m. at Howard Memorial Chapel in Melbourne with Alvin Wiles officiating.

Burial will be at Reeves Cemetery under the direction of Eddie’s Family Funeral Home in Melbourne. Visitation will be Wednesday, January 15 from 6-8PM

Pallbearers: D. J. Dutton, Danny Gillihan, Bobbie Jones, Travis Lewis, John Kuykendall, Wayne Langston.

Contributed on 6/10/16 by sandhollow
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Submitted: 6/10/16 • Approved: 5/20/21 • Last Updated: 5/23/21 • R1144273-G1144273-S3

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