Reverend Doctor John G. Gilmore Jr., age 92 of Greenville, passed away at 9:35 p.m. Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland, Illinois.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, October 16, 2020 at the Greenville Free Methodist Church with Pastor Deb Somerville officiating. Visitation will be at 1:00 p.m. at the church with masks and social distancing. Interment will follow in Mt. Auburn Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Missions Department at Free Methodist World Ministries Center.
John Gibson Gilmore Jr., the son, of John Gibson Gilmore Sr. and Rosetta May Rosie Gilmore, was born on December 21, 1927 in North Tonawanda, New York. John was raised there and graduated from Tonawanda High School in 1945. John attended Roberts Wesleyan College for two years, then graduated from Greenville College in 1949. He received his master of divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary in 1952. John and his wife pastored the Fredonia and then the Belfast Free Methodist Church in New York until 1955. They moved to Costa Rica to attend the Costa Rica Language School for one year. They moved to the Dominican Republic as missionaries until 1970. He served as pastor of South Flores Free Methodist Church for two years in San Antonio, Texas. John and family moved to Warsaw, Indiana in 1974 where he served at Area Administrative Assistant to Latin America, Director of VISA and Director of Personnel for Africa, Asia and Latin America until 1996. John was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Roberts Wesleyan University in 1984. Upon retirement the family moved to Greenville in 1997.
John and Alene Bradshaw White were united in marriage on January 12, 1951 in Louisville, Kentucky and enjoyed over 59 years together before her death on November 2, 2010. They are the parents of five children who survive: Rebecca Crawford and husband Rev. Dr. Steven Crawford of Greenville, Rev. Philip Gilmore and wife Debra of Madrid, Spain, Joanna Gilmore of Greenville, Suzanna Shipley and husband Daniel of Black Diamond, Washington and Rev. J. Marcos Gilmore of Greenville. John is survived by 12 grandchildren: Megan, Tabitha, Christiana, Julianne, Bethany, Jessica, Kathryn, David, Isaac, Michael, Mark and Erin, 9 great grandchildren: Izu, Eliana, Matthew, Ezra, Kristin, Ezekiel, Rui, Mireya and Soren, his sister Esther Ruckle and husband Homer and brother-in-laws Court White, Hal Copley and sister-in-law Barbara Gilmore.
John was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Alene, sister Ruth Copley, sister Doris Chapman, and brother David Gilmore.
John was a member of the Genesis Free Methodist Conference in western New York.