(ROCK MILLS) The funeral for Sharon Ann Gillespie, 65, of Rock Mills will be Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022, at 3 p.m. at Rock Mills Church of the Nazarene with Bro. Jeff Sheffield and Bro. Greg Norred officiating and special speakers Chad Kendrick and Harold Whitaker. Burial will follow at Randolph Memory Gardens.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday. Mrs. Gillespie will lie in state at the church for one hour prior to services on Wednesday.

Mrs. Gillespie passed away Sunday, Jan. 9, at East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika.

A Rock Mills native, Mrs. Gillespie was born Sept. 9, 1956, the daughter of Doris and Peggy Turner Wilford. She was a member of Rock Mills Church of the Nazarene, served on the Rock Mills Cemetery Committee, and worked as a paraprofessional for more than 35 years at Rock Mills Junior High School where she loved and nurtured countless students over the years. Mrs. Gillespie loved her family, and her grandkids were her pride and joy. She had a servant's heart and loved to cook for others. She loved flowers and gardening, traveling, especially to the beach, and the Alabama Crimson Tide.

Survivors include her husband, Gary Gillespie of Rock Mills; two daughters, Keishia Norred (Greg) and Wendy Pike (Stevan), both of Rock Mills; five grandchildren, Emery Norred, Emelia Norred, Landon Norred, Zebulon Pike and Callen Pike; sister, Susan Smith (Darrell) of Wedowee; and several nieces and nephews. Mrs. Gillespie was preceded in death by her parents; grandparents, Sanford and Bertha Turner; and nephew, Michael Smith.

Pallbearers will be Ben Smith, Wayne Boggs, Jason Gillespie, Joshua Yerta, Frank Foster Jr. and Dwayne Foster. Honorary pallbearers will be John Glass, Harold Whitaker, Earl Lee Gillespie, Keith Yerta and Steve Pike.

Memorials may be floral, or donations may be made to Rock Mills Junior High School in her memory. Condolences may be expressed at www.quattlebaumfuneralhome.com.

Quattlebaum Funeral Home, Roanoke.