SIKESTON -- Fred Olen Gilliland, 78, died at 9:40 a.m. Feb. 15, 2008, at the Sikeston Convalescent Center.
Born March 9, 1929, at Morley, to the late Oscar O. "Doc" and Willie L. Smith Gilliland, he served in the 38th Infantry Tank Company in the Korean War as a corporal in the U.S. Army. A TV repairman, he owned and operated Gilliland's Electronics in East Prairie for 40 years until his retirement. Previously, he had worked at the Brown Shoe Company in Charleston and at Teague Electronics in Sikeston.
On July 1, 1952, in Arkansas, he married Mable Thompson who survives of the home.
Other survivors include: one son and daughter-in-law, Freddie and Gail Gilliland of Sikeston; two daughters and a son-in-law, Debbie Gilliland of Festus and Melba and Michael Greene of Lake Sherwood; one brother, Clifford Gilliland of Hattiesburg, Miss.; one sister, Ruby Gage of Ravenna, Ohio; and seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two sisters.
Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. Monday at the Nunnelee Funeral Chapel in Sikeston where services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Tuesday. The Rev. Jerry Adams, pastor of the Bethel Missionary Baptist Church of Sikeston, will officiate.
Burial will follow at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery at Bloomfield with full military honors provided by the Missouri Military Honor Guard Unit.
Memorial contributions may be made to:
American Cancer Society P.O. Box 343 Sikeston, MO 63801