Funeral services for the Rev. Jimmy D. Gillum, 65, are scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, May 31, 2014, at the Assembly of God Church of Wilson, with the Rev. Charles Reed and the Rev. Dwain Duck officiating, with the Rev. Chris Brown assisting. Interment will follow at the Ryan Cemetery. Services are under the care and direction of Alexander Funeral Home of Wilson.
Jimmy Dexter Gillum was born Aug. 24, 1948, at Terral, to Verna Sylvester Gillum and Syrildia (Plew) Gillum. He passed from this life Wednesday, May 28, 2014, at Mercy Hospital Ardmore.
Jimmy was raised at Terral, and graduated high school there in 1968. He married the former Sheneista Whitsett April 20, 1968, at Ryan, and they recently celebrated their 46th wedding anniversary. Jimmy worked at Halliburton briefly, sold insurance and then managed grocery stores before going into full-time ministry. His first church was in Maysville, where he stayed for three years before moving to Antlers, Carney, Bowlegs and, lastly, to Wilson in 1986. Jimmy served the Lord and the community for 20 years at the Wilson Assembly of God Church. He collected die cast cars and restored cars. Jim loved to sing, working outdoors and enjoyed Andy Griffith and playing Santa Claus.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Verna and Syrildia Gillum; brothers Marvin, Ardell and Leo; sisters Maudie Ann and Pauline; and grandson Dustin.
Survivors include his wife, Sheneista Gillum of the home; son Dewayne Gillum and wife Robbi of Konawa; daughters Darla Newport and husband Mitchell of Sulphur, and Alissa Gillum of the home; brother Hughie Lee Gillum of Waco, Texas; sister Alta Marie Rowe of Choctaw; five grandchildren, Dustin, Dillon, Chelsea, Zachery and Mikayla; and numerous other family and friends.
Pallbearers are Kelvin Whitsett, Floyd Whitsett, Lloyd Whitsett, Mitchell Newport, Paul Lewis and Don Heilman.
Family visitation will be from 6 to 8 this evening at Alexander Funeral Home of Wilson.
Condolences may be sent online at www.alexanderfuneralhome.org.