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Roger Ben Gilleland
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Roger Ben Gilleland, 82, died Feb. 19, 2015.

Roger was known for being dependable.

A member of Hightower Baptist Church, he relished in his opportunity to teach Sunday school.

He found so much joy in studying one of his well-worn Bibles and delivering a message to his class every Sunday.

Roger understood the responsibility he was afforded and he continued to teach for 25 years.

In his professional life, Roger worked as an electrician for more than four decades.

His career took him from the early stages of Hartsfield Jackson Airport to places such as Jacksonville, Fla., Knoxville, Tenn. and Hilton Head, S.C.

Just like Sunday school, Roger valued any contribution he could make.

A favorite pastime was storytelling.

Roger served in the U.S. Army and his time as an M.P. riding trains to Savannah, keeping the peace, were often the subject of such treasured stories.

The photographs and love notes exchanged between Roger and Bobbie during his military years are a beautiful representation of their future as a family.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Bobbie; his sisters, Atholene and Herman and Mary; brothers, Walt and Peggy, Gene and Jo; children, Tina and Phil Meers, Tony and Pam Gilleland, Trudy Gilleland; grandchildren, Shawna Meers-Ernst, Crystal Meers-Bobo, Matthew Gilleland, Joshua Gilleland; great-grandchildren, Carson Ernest, Bailey and Brady Bobo, Maddux Ben Meers; various other relatives also survive.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Feb. 23 at Hightower Baptist Church with the Revs. Gerral Richards, Ronnie McCormick and Scott Huskins officiating. Interment followed at 10:30 a.m. in the Georgia National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations were requested made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.

Ingram Funeral Home and Crematory of Cumming was in charge of the arrangements.

 

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