Obituary John Albert Gillis Whispering Pines

John Albert Gillis, 85, of Whispering Pines, NC, passed away on January 7, 2021 at First Health Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst, NC.

Born on November 11, 1935, in Faribault, Minnesota to the late John and Ann David Gillis. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 62 years, Joan Marie Gillis, his sisters Bernadette Gillis Conner, Mary Gillis Smuda, Theresa Gillis Dorweiller and brother Jerome “Dutch” Gillis.  John and Joan moved to North Carolina in 1997. John was an avid golfer and member of The Country Club of Whispering Pines.  John was a faithful member of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church.

He is survived by his four children; John Alan Gillis of Oak Island, NC, Mary Knox (Douglas) of New Freedom, PA, Joseph Gillis (Carrie) of Westfield, IN and Martin Gillis of Minnetrista, MN; nine grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; brother David Gillis (Betty) of So. Barrington, IL and sister Barbara Callstrom (Alan) of Lakeville, MN.

A family only Vigil and Rosary will be held Friday, January 15, 2021 from 10:30 am to 11:30 am with open visitation from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm at Boles Funeral Home, 425 W. Pennsylvania Avenue, Southern Pines, NC 28387. A funeral mass will be celebrated following the visitation at 1:30 PM at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, 160 E. Vermont Avenue, Southern Pines, NC 28387.  The mass will be live-streamed for those unable to attend

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Service arrangements have been entrusted to Boles Funeral Home.

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