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Beam Funeral Service & Crematory
Wednesday July 7th, 2021
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Beam Funeral Service & Crematory
Wednesday July 7th, 2021

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Willie Teseniar Walker Gillespie

Mrs. Willie Teseniar Walker Gillespie, age 96, of Old Fort, North Carolina, peacefully departed this life on the morning of Sunday, July 04, 2021 at her residence.

A lifelong resident of Old Fort, Willie was born on August 30, 1924 to the late Charles Teseniar and Ella Padgett Teseniar.

Mrs. Gillespie worked in textiles her whole life. She enjoyed tending to her flowers as well as cooking and eating. Willie liked to travel as long as she was able, but she will be remembered for her great love for reading. She was very intelligent, even until the end. Above all, Willie loved her family and just people in general. She loved to laugh, and she did so many times during her last few weeks of life. This will forever be a blessing in the lives of those she leaves behind.

She is preceded in death by two husbands, Dolph A. Walker and Frank Gillespie; four children, Stella King, Marvin Walker, Wade Walker, and Laile Ray Walker; and one great-great grandchild, Avery King.

She leaves behind two daughters, Freida Lytle (Howard) and Mary Ann Tipton (Ronald); 15 grandchildren; 29 great grandchildren; 19 great-great grandchildren; one daughter-in-law, Joan Walker; and a special friend, Anita Brooks.

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, July 07, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel of Beam Funeral Service with Reverend Donnie Massingill and Marc Tipton officiating. Interment will follow in the Old Cherry Springs Cemetery in Old Fort. The family will receive friends from 10:00 until 11:00 a.m., one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Those serving as pallbearers will be Craig Walker, Alex Tipton, Tyler Young, Steven Lytle, Michael Walker, and Todd Walker.

The family asks that donations be given to Hospice of the Carolina Foothills, PO Box 336, Forest City, NC 28043. We wish to express special appreciation for the excellent care and respect given to our Mother and our family during this time of illness and grief.

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Freida, Mary Ann and families. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. May God continue to give you added strength and comfort as only He can. Your Mom was a very special lady with whom I'm sure you share many precious memories.

Janet and James Mcginnis Jul 9 2021 12:54 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Willie Gillespie

Marie L. Franklin Jul 8 2021 9:21 AM

Sweet, sweet lady. We shall meet again my dear friend. It is a blessing to have had you in my life.
My love and prayers to her family and big hugs Mary Ann and Freida.

Trish Jul 7 2021 10:53 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Willie Gillespie

Jane Byrd Jul 6 2021 10:02 PM

Rest in peace dear Willie. You were my mother's best friend in school (Freida Clayton Hampton).
Freida and Howard and family, so sorry.

Christine Hampton Correll Jul 6 2021 9:09 PM

Watching the memorial I couldn't help but smile.lots of memories. A beautiful tribute to a great Lady!!!!

Sharon Smith Jul 6 2021 8:53 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Willie Gillespie

Sharon Smith Jul 6 2021 8:51 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Willie Gillespie

Dr. Ed and Kathy Ragan Jul 6 2021 7:57 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Willie Gillespie

Gail Fields Jul 6 2021 2:26 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Willie Gillespie

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