Jean Gillingham, 85, of Panama City, passed away June 26, 2020. Jean was born in Berrien County, GA, and lived there for 11 years before moving to Elfers, FL. She was a 1952 graduate of Gulf High School, New Port Richey, FL. Shortly after graduation she married the love of her life, Russell C. Gillingham, and became an Air Force wife. Jean retired after working many years at the Base Exchange At Tyndall Air Force Base. She loved traveling, and crocheted many lap blankets for nursing home residents. Jean was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Callaway. She was preceded in death by her parents, E. W. and Sarah Smith; a brother, E. N. "Bo" Smith, and her husband of 52 years, Russell Gillingham.
Survivors include her sons, Russell H. Gillingham of Panama City and Keith E. Gillingham and wife Denise of Panama City; her former daughter-in-law, Deborah Gillingham of Panama City; two grandchildren, Carrie Knuckles of Stone Mountain, GA and Jennifer Lindsey of Panama City; her great-grandchilden, Adrian, Quinton and Olivia Knuckles and Alyssa Lindsey; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM Wednesday, July 1, 2020, at the Kent-Forest Lawn Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jesse Dasher officiating. Interment will follow at Evergreen Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Tuesday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Bay County.
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