The Times West Virginian


January 19, 2013

Charles “Rus” Gillespie

Charles Dale Gillespie, 76, of Bruceton Mills, passed away Tuesday (Jan. 15, 2013) at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown.

He was born in Braxton County, on Feb. 8, 1936, a son of the late Clarence A. and Ruby Mae (Knight) Gillespie.

Charles proudly served his country with the U.S. Army for 30 years as a Transportation 1 SG. He served three tours in Vietnam and one in Korea with the First Calvary Infantry Division. He was a faithful and loyal soldier who also served 20 years as a Civil Service worker at Fort Monroe. He was a member of the Single Action Shooting Society.

He was an avid golfer and was a lifetime member of the PGA of America. He enjoyed spending time with his loving family and his dog Snowball.

Charles is survived by his very special friends, Donna M. Gillespie of Hudson, Fla., and Marion H. Long of Fairmont; one son, Dale Gillespie and his wife Vicki of Morgantown; three daughters, Gayle Thomas and her husband Greg of Fairmont, Sheri Knisely and her husband Robert of Fairmont, and Kendell Sogliero and her husband Alexander of Connecticut; four grandchildren, Amber Cosco and her husband Paul, Tiffany Gillespie, Stoney Thomas and his fiancé Erica, and Trevor Knisely; and four great-grandchildren, Krystiauna Gillespie, Nathanial Michaels, P.G. Cosco and Evangeline Fortney.

Also surviving are two brothers, Oscar Gillespie and his wife Susan of Colorado, and Richard Gillespie and his wife Francine of Grant Town, and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother and sister-in-law, Arthur Burton Gillespie and his wife Marilyn.

Family and friends may call at Carpenter and Ford Funeral Home, 209 Merchant St., Fairmont, from 1-8 p.m. on Monday and from 10-11 a.m. Tuesday. The funeral service will be held in the funeral home at 11 a.m. Tuesday, with the Rev. Russell Liller officiating. Interment will follow at West Virginia National Cemetery in Pruntytown, where full military honors will be conducted by the Marion County Veterans Council Honor Guard.

Online condolences may be left for the family at

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