Mr. Leslie William Gilmore, age 95, of Macclenny, Florida died Thursday, Aug. 22, at home, following a prolonged illness. Mr. Gilmore was born in Oglethorpe, Georgia to the late Pearl Frances and Grady Cleveland Gilmore. He resided in Jacksonville, Florida for many years and moved to Baker County, Florida in 1993. Mr. Gilmore joined the Navy at the outset of World War II and served as an electrician on transport ships in the Pacific Theater. Having grown up on a farm, Mr. Gilmore was an avid gardener all his adult life---even continuing to tend bees, chickens and goats---until his last two years. He was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church, Macclenny, Florida and for the past six decades, he was very active in various church congregations. He was a Navy veteran of W.W. II. He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances Faye Gilmore, his parents, a brother, James Gilmore and sisters, Anne English and Jeanette Guilmette, a son, Glenn Gilmore, a daughter, Sandra Knight and a great-granddaughter, Rose Lowe. Mr. Gilmore is survived by two daughters, Sheila Gilmore of Florida and Susan (Charles) Nikolaus of Noxon, Montana: One son, Tim Gilmore (Jo Carlisie) of Jacksonville, Florida: one step-daughter, Catherine (Marty) Ballard of Macclenny, Florida: One step-son, Timothy Wane Acosta (Dianna) of Land O' Lakes, Florida: ten grandchildren, Emily Brogan Gilmore and Veda Sophia Gilmore both of Jacksonville, Florida, Gregory Giallombardo of DeLeon Springs, Florida, Duane and Chris Lowe of Michigan and Randy and Scott Knight of Missouri, Victoria Grace Gaskins (Daniel) and Clinton Dean Acosta Keri) both of Jacksonville, Fla. and Amanda Catherine Ballard of Macclenny, Fla. Three great-grandchildren, Maximus Wayne Dokendorf, Dancia Faye Gaskin and Penelope Mier. A funeral service to honor the life of Mr. Gilmore will be held at 2 P.M. Sunday, Aug 25, in the Calvary Baptist Church, Macclenny, Fla. with Rev. John Orberg, Pastor, officiating. Interment will be in Riverside Memorial Park Cemetery, Jacksonville, Florida. Visitation and gathering with the family will be from 1 to 2 P.M. Sunday (one hour before services) at the church. GUERRY FUNERAL HOME, U.S. 90 East, Macclenny, Florida is in charge of arrangements.
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