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The most important thing I could leave my loved ones and friends, if it were within my power, which it is not, would be faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Although that is within the power of the Creator and Lord God of the universe alone to give, I would urge all my family and friends, if they have not done so already, to flee to the Savior in repentance and faith. Let my death be an occasion of reminder that life is short. Do not wait until it is too late. May God grant you grace to do so.
Paul Weldon Gillentine, 75, of Sweetwater, Texas went to be with his Savior late Oct. 7, 2011, surrounded by those who loved him deeply. Paul was born May 1, 1936 in Comanche County, Texas. He married Patsy Jean Anderson on Aug. 14, 1956, in Deleon, TX.
Paul is preceded in death by his father, Matthew Harbon Gillentine and mother Sarah Catherine Emmert-Gillentine. Also preceding Paul in death is a sister, Cleo Cochran; a brother, George Gillentine; granddaughter, Matty Soncrant; and great-grandsons, Stanley Glasgow and Jaxon Cook.
He leaves behind a loving family including his beloved wife of 55 years, Patsy Jean Gillentine; siblings, James V. Gillentine and wife Anna of Buffalo Gap, TX, John C. Gillentine and wife Marie of Mesquite, TX, Edith C. Daniell and husband Glennard of Roaring Springs, TX and sister-in-law Lennie Mae Gillentine of Iredale, TX. Paul also leaves behind seven children, Weldon Gillentine and wife Cindy of Serepta, LA, Kathy Gilmore and husband James of Brownwood, TX, Douglas Gillentine and wife Janice of Sweetwater, TX, Deborah Polanco and husband Jesse of Abilene, TX, Regina Upton and husband Joe of Sand Springs, OK, Freddy Gillentine and wife Katherine of Abilene TX and Lisa Smith and husband Jeff of Mary Neal, TX; a special brother in the Lord, Michael Delacruz; grandchildren, Weldon Gillentine, Jr. and wife Tina, Joseph Gillentine and wife Denae, Krystal Lee and husband Derrek, Nathaniel Gillentine, Patricia Glasgow and husband Kevin, Billie Anglin and husband Brandon, Jamie Mathews and husband Brad, Tara Boiles and husband Josh, Jennie Gilmore, Chris Buckner, Thomas Shorter, Paul Shadowens, Brandy Shadowens, Michael Upton, Jennifer Upton, Daniel Upton, Timothy Gillentine, Jeremy Gillentine, Sarah Smith, Rebecca Smith, Brice Smith, Elizabeth Smith; great-grandchildren, Chance Gillentine, Gavin, Dalton and Gerrit Gillentine; Tyler Anglin, Braeden and MacKenzie Mathews, Jaxon, Addyson and Randyn Boiles, Nathan Shadowens, Trevor Cook, Corey, Danielle, Cassidy, Austin and Cody Buckner, Brandy, Amber, Daniel and great-great-grandson Kaiden Soncrant.
Paul has been a truck driver most of his life with his latest employer being the United States Postal Service, but his greatest job was serving his Lord Jesus Christ.
He was a man with a big heart and enjoyed spending time with his family. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and sharing his faith with anyone he met.
The funeral is under the direction of Dove Funeral Home. Visitation was held Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011, from 6-8 p.m. at Region 14 ESC, 1850 Hwy 351, Abilene, TX.
A celebration of his life will be held at Grace Point, 221 Oak Street in Abilene, TX on Monday, Oct. 10, 2011, at 2 p.m. Burial will follow at Elliot-Hamil Garden of Memories.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association and Heritage Parks Free Will Baptist Church.