Virginia “Ginny” Dove Gillespie

Virginia “Ginny” Dove Gillespie, 84, of Franklin, WV and formerly of Buckhannon, WV, passed away Sunday, September 22, 2019 at her home.

She was born April 25, 1935 in Casey County, Kentucky, and was the daughter of the late James Sterling Hollen, Sr. and Gladys Irene Pierce Hollen.

Ginny was a 1953 graduate of Buckhannon-Upshur High School and worked for the City of Buckhannon Water Department.  She was a member of Franklin United Methodist Church.

Surviving are one son, Richard D. Gillespie (and wife, Debra) of Franklin, WV; two sisters, Betty Booth (and husband, Richard) of Buckhannon, WV and Joyce Hoover (and husband, Patrick) of Buckhannon, WV; one brother, James S. “Pete” Hollen, Jr. (and wife, Kay) of Buckhannon, WV; one grandson, Ryan Gillespie (and wife, Julia) of Morgantown, WV; and one great-granddaughter, Ryleigh Gillespie.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Doris Crawford, and one brother, Richard Lee Hollen.

The family will receive friends from 6 – 8 p.m. Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at Kimble Funeral Home in Franklin. 

The family will receive friends from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. Wednesday, September 25 at Tennerton United Methodist Church in Tennerton, WV, where a funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday with Rev. Robert Anderson and Rev. Michael Loudermilk officiating.

Interment will be at Buckhannon Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Grant Memorial Hospice or the American Cancer Society (Relay for Life). 

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