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Arthur C. “A.C.” Gillespie, SSgt. USAF
July 22, 1932 – June 14, 2018
GREENSBORO Arthur C. Gillespie (A.C.) was born on July 22, 1932 in Eden, NC (Draper section) to Arthur and Ruth Gillespie.
He graduated from Draper High School (1951) on Friday and joined the Air Force the following Monday. He attended Air Force school and served in the Korean War as a helicopter air rescue medic. The motto for his squadron was, “You ditch and call, we *%&#$ and haul anytime, anywhere.” A.C. was proud to have made Staff Sergeant in his three years. He was honorably discharged from the Air Force in June, 1955.
He married Ann Saunders in May, 1952. They had four children: Debbie, Brad, Tim, and Barry. He had eight grandchildren: Candice, Tyler, Hallie, Morgan, Blake, Patrick, Joseph, and Jack; and four great -grandchildren: Curtis, Nico, Maxwell, and Winnie. A.C. is survived by his sisters Norma Jane and Ruth Ann Foster, brother, Ronnie Foster, and brother-in-law, Charles Saunders. A.C. loved his family, his career, and, in general, his life.
He was with A.H. Robinson Pharmaceutical Company for 28 years and enjoyed four different positions. His children would never doubt the deep love their father had for them. He had many interests: music, oil painting, golf, reading, fishing, and ACC sports. He especially enjoyed telling stories over a glass of scotch.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Ann, brother Mike, and son-in-law Curt Stewart.
During the last nine years of his life, A.C. spent many happy days with his best friend, Fay Hunsucker.
A private family celebration of life will be held at a later date. Forbis and Dick North Elm Street Funeral Home is serving the Gillespie family.
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