In memory of
John Robert Gilley ll
In memory of
John Robert Gilley ll
John R. Gilley went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, ion June 8 2021 after a lengthy illness.  A private burial was held at Rose Hill Cemetery. John was born on July 3, 1934 in Dallas, Texas to John Wesley and Pauline Epperson Gilley.  When John was seven, the family moved to Tyler where he attended schools until his graduation from John Tyler High School in 1952.  He was a three year letterman in football and was co-captain during his senior year.  He was a class officer his sophomore year, served on the Student Council and sang in the Glee Club where he was a frequent soloist. John played football at Tyler Junior College his freshman year and later transferred to Texas A&M.  In 1954 he joined the U. S. Army where he attained the rank of Sergeant while serving as a Security Specialist in the Signal Corp. After his discharge, John moved to Dallas where he met his future wife, Martha "Bunny" Haas in 1958.  The married on May 30, 1959 in her hometown of Opelousas LA. The Gilleys moved to Tyler in 1960 and he began work as an Independent Petroleum Landman,  a career that lasted until his retirement in 2002.  During this period the family moved with him as he transferred to Houston, San Antonio and Dallas, before returning to Tyler in 1973. John had many interest.  Reading was his favorite pastime and he was an avid student of the Bible.  He was an accomplished cook and also enjoyed sailing, hunting in Colorado, fishing in Arkansas and traveling, especially to Italy and British Columbia, Canada. He was a member of Green Acres Baptist Church, The American Association of Petroleum Landmen the East Texas Association of Petroleum Landmen and was a life member of the Sons of the Republic of Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter Jennifer Rebecca Gilley; sister, Mary Felice Gilley and brothers, Paul Oran Gilley and Bryan Edgar Gilley.  Survivors include his wife, Martha "Bunny" Gilley; sons, John Robert III (Barbara) and Jeffrey Scott Gilley; grandson, John Robert Gilley IV; granddaughter, Elizabeth Celeste Gilley and brother, James W. Gilley. A private Celebration of Life will be held at the Cemetery on Saturday, ,July 3, 2021.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Green Acres Baptist Church Missions or to the Women's Auxiliary of the Salvation Army of Tyler.
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Tyler, TX 75702
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In memory of
John Robert Gilley ll
John R. Gilley went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, ion June 8 2021 after a lengthy illness.  A private burial was held at Rose Hill Cemetery. John was born on July 3, 1934 in Dallas, Texas to John Wesley and Pauline Epperson Gilley.  When John was seven, the family moved to Tyler where he attended schools until his graduation from John Tyler High School in 1952.  He was a three year letterman in football and was co-captain during his senior year.  He was a class officer his sophomore year, served on the Student Council and sang in the Glee Club where he was a frequent soloist. John played football at Tyler Junior College his freshman year and later transferred to Texas A&M.  In 1954 he joined the U. S. Army where he attained the rank of Sergeant while serving as a Security Specialist in the Signal Corp. After his discharge, John moved to Dallas where he met his future wife, Martha "Bunny" Haas in 1958.  The married on May 30, 1959 in her hometown of Opelousas LA. The Gilleys moved to Tyler in 1960 and he began work as an Independent Petroleum Landman,  a career that lasted until his retirement in 2002.  During this period the family moved with him as he transferred to Houston, San Antonio and Dallas, before returning to Tyler in 1973. John had many interest.  Reading was his favorite pastime and he was an avid student of the Bible.  He was an accomplished cook and also enjoyed sailing, hunting in Colorado, fishing in Arkansas and traveling, especially to Italy and British Columbia, Canada. He was a member of Green Acres Baptist Church, The American Association of Petroleum Landmen the East Texas Association of Petroleum Landmen and was a life member of the Sons of the Republic of Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter Jennifer Rebecca Gilley; sister, Mary Felice Gilley and brothers, Paul Oran Gilley and Bryan Edgar Gilley.  Survivors include his wife, Martha "Bunny" Gilley; sons, John Robert III (Barbara) and Jeffrey Scott Gilley; grandson, John Robert Gilley IV; granddaughter, Elizabeth Celeste Gilley and brother, James W. Gilley. A private Celebration of Life will be held at the Cemetery on Saturday, ,July 3, 2021.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Green Acres Baptist Church Missions or to the Women's Auxiliary of the Salvation Army of Tyler.
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Burks-Walker-Tippit Funeral Directors - Tyler
215 E. Front St.
Tyler, TX 75702
Past Services ╲╱
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