Annelle Cox Gillilan, 84, of Tunnel Hill, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, at Hamilton Hospice.
Born on March 13, 1929, in Dalton, she was the daughter of the late Mattie Emma “Tom” McHan Cox and John Perry Cox. Annelle was preceded in death by her sister and brother-in-law, Mary Evelyn Cox Taylor and Gene Taylor, and brother Clyde Cox.
She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Bill Gillilan; two daughters, Leanne Lawson and fiancé, Randy Martin, of Tunnel Hill, and Cindy Bryan and her husband, Keith, of Montgomery, Ala.; and three grandchildren, Lauren Lawson of Wilmington, N.C., Emily Lawson of Tunnel Hill and Ruby Bryan of Montgomery Ala. She is also survived by her brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Jack and Barbara Allmon Gillilan of Marietta; nieces and nephews.
Annelle enjoyed sharing stories of growing up in Dalton, running down Hamilton Street after her father when he was a driver for Freight Express Co., walking to school and playing tennis at the family court on Cannon Street. In August 1957, Annelle started her life with Bill Gillilan in Dalton, where they began to raise their family. Annelle worked for the Georgia State Board of Education while she and her family lived in Decatur. She and Bill along with their daughters returned to Tunnel Hill in the early 1970s to live on the family farm. She retired from Shaw Industries. Her greatest joy was watching her granddaughters Lauren and Emily dance at the Creative Arts Guild and listening to granddaughter Ruby play the violin. All her granddaughters were passionate about and involved in the arts and Annelle was there to share it with them at every opportunity.
She was president of the Northwest Georgia Handcrafters Guild and first exhibited at Prater’s Mill Country Fair, continuing for several years. Annelle was also passionate about gardening and spent many hours designing and planting her gardens on the family farm.
Services will be conducted Saturday at 1 p.m. in the chapel of Love Funeral Home with the Rev. Robbie Dunn officiating. Burial will be in West Hill Cemetery.
The family will receive friends today from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Creative Arts Guild Scholarship Fund, 520 W. Waugh St., Dalton, GA 30720.
Words of comfort may be sent to the family at www.lovefuneralhomega.com.
Love Funeral Home, 1402 N. Thornton Ave., Dalton (across from Hamilton Medical Center), is in charge of arrangements.