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Opal Dean GILLIHAN

Combs Cemetery
Izard County,
Arkansas

Paul 19 Feb 1932 - 26 Oct 2020
Opal 27 Jan 1938 - 08 Apr 1996

Marriage:
Paul
1) Opal Dean (Burgess) Gillihan 04 Jun 1956 Calico Rock, Izard County, Arkansas*
2) Cloy Jones Gillihan 2005

Paul Junior Gillihan son of Simon Paul Gillihan and Verla Mae (Smith) Gillihan. Opal Dean (Burgess) Gillihan daughter of Oscar Ray Burgess and Beulah (Lawrence) Burgess.

**obituary
Junior Gillihan
February 19, 1932 - October 26, 2020

Paul Junior Gillihan, son of the late Simon Gillihan and Verlie Mae Smith Gillihan, was born February 19, 1932 in Twin Creek, Arkansas. He departed this life October 26, 2020 at his home in Melbourne, Arkansas at the age of 88 years, 8 months and 7 days.

He was united in marriage to Opal Dean Burgess in 1956 and together they raised two children. Opal passed away in 1996. On October 15, 2005, married Cloye Jones. Junior was considered a quiet man. Most of his life was spent working as a logger or cattleman. At 18 years old, he purchased a log truck and went into the logging business. A short time later his four brothers wanted to work with him and “The Company of Gillihan Brothers” was born. When he wasn’t working, he could be found at the VFW dancing. He was of the Church of Christ faith and a member of Twin Creek Church of Christ.

He is survived by his wife of 15 years: Cloye Gillihan of the home; two children: Beverly Kuhlman and husband Danny of Waldren and Ronnie and Kim Gillihan of Melbourne; one brother: Boyce Gillihan and wife Frances of Melbourne; two sisters: Geneva Blankenship of Melbourne and Katherean Phipps and husband Tom of Larkin; five grandchildren: Justin Dew (Michelle), Jessica Martin (Sean), Kagni Gillihan, Karli James and MaKenzi Gillihan; seven great grandchildren: Avery Dew, Tristan Martin, Cheyenne Martin, Joshua Harris, Ty Franks, Paisley Burgess, Brooks Munroe and a host of other relatives and many good friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers: Shelby Gillihan, George Gillihan, Clifton, Gillihan; one granddaughter: Jennifer Harris; one brother-in-law: Cleveland Blankenship and one step grandson: Lane Taylor.

Funeral service will be Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at Eddie’s Family Funeral Home in Melbourne with Donald Gillihan officiating. Burial will be at Combs Cemetery.

Pallbearers: Jeff Gillihan, Allen Love, Toby Smith, Braden Tate, Mike McSpadden, Dwight Gillihan.

Honorary Pallbearers: Donald Gillihan, Rick Gillihan, Gene McSpadden, Charles Smith.

Memorials may be made to: Combs Cemetery, C/O Brad Sipe, P.O. Box 1001, Melbourne, Arkansas 72556.

Obituary provided courtesy of Eddie's Family Funeral Home Melbourne, Izard County, Arkansas. Published Oct 2020 © Copyright 2012 - 21 Eddie's Family Funeral Home. All Rights Reserved.

And his wife,
Opal Dean Gillihan
27 January 27, 1938 - April 8, 1996

Opal Dean Gillihan, daughter of the late Oscar Ray and Beulah Lawrence Burgess, was born January 27, 1938, in Forty-Four, AR. She died April 8, 1996, in Melbourne, AR. She was 58.

Mrs. Gillihan was united in marriage to Paul Junior Gillihan June 4, 1956, in Calico Rock. To this union two children were born. She was a member of the Redbud EHC Club and a faithful member of the Twin Creek Church of Christ.

Survivors include her husband, of the home; one daughter, Beverly Gillihan Dew of Bethesda,AR; one son, Ronald Junior Gillihan of Melbourne; three sisters, Maxine Lynn of Mountain Home, AR; Melba Gillihan and Marilyn Smith of Calico Rock; three brothers, Noel, Johnny, and Jimmy Burgess, all of Calico Rock; and six grandchildren.

Services were held April 10 at the Church of Christ in Melbourne with Brother Ralph Wallis officiating.

Pallbearers were Jason Loggains, Tim Vest, Gene McSpadden, Donald Gillihan, Ronald Moser, and Chuck Mynatt.

Honorary Pallbearers were Paul Gillihan and John Ross. Interment was at the Combs Cemetery in Melbourne under the direction of Howard Funeral Home in Melbourne.

Obituary located in archives of White River Current April, 1996

*Paul married after death of Opal.

Obituary for Opal from the files of June Ramsey.
Additional information added by researcher. dgb

Contributed on 1/8/13 by sandhollow
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Submitted: 1/8/13 • Approved: 5/13/21 • Last Updated: 5/16/21 • R808949-G808949-S3

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