Michael O. Gilmore, also known as “Big Mike,” was born Jan. 12, 1970 in Jackson. Michael transitioned to eternity March 27, 2021 at Hospice of West Alabama in Tuscaloosa. He accepted Christ at an early age at Rockbar Baptist Church in West Bend. He attended Coffeeville Elementary and Coffeeville High School in Coffeeville.
Michael founded and successfully operated Gilmore Trucking, where he was often called “Lolly Pop” for many years. An avid hunter and fisherman, Michael was also known as a true “people person.” He enjoyed life to the fullest and was loved and cherished by many.
Preceding him in death was his father, James D. Gilmore; paternal grandparents, Ginger and Emmitt Gilmore; and his maternal grandparents, Willie Mae and George Dewberry.
Left to cherish his memories forever is his loving and devoted mother, Dorothy Gilmore of Coffeeville; a loving and devoted stepmother, Annie Gilmore of Salitpa; five siblings, James Tyron Gilmore of Detroit, Mich., Robert (Monique) Thomas of Sumrall, Miss., Erick (Peggy) Philon Sr. of Silas, Feleshia (James) Williams of Jackson and Ryland (Elena) Gilmore of Atlanta, Ga.; a special friend, LaTanya Appleberry of Tylertown, Miss.; four children he loved as his own, Teddy, Airion, Gordon and Miracle, all of Grove Hill; 13 nephews and nieces, Cherelle, Chrishundra, Raven, Randy, Erin, Moesha, Shakeydra, Jakedra, Brandy, Jada, Jasmine, Ryleigh and Erick Jr.,Robresha, Monesha and Jordan; eight aunts and uncles, Emma Jean (Jackie) Calhoun of Zimco, Brady (Arthur) Kiel, George (Mary) Gilmore and Jessie (Hazel) Gilmore, all of Coffeeville, Eugene Dewberry of Conyers, Ga., Rachel Moore and Johnny (Sandra) Robinson, both of Jackson, and Gwendolyn (Al) Jarvis of Montgomery; two devoted and special cousins, Erick Kiel of Detroit, Mich., and Lakia Kiel of Atlanta, Ga.; with a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.
Public viewing will be Friday, April 2nd, from 1 until 5 p.m., at Jackson Memorial Funeral Home, 203 East Ross St., Jackson. Services will be Saturday, April 3rd, 11 a.m., at Coffeeville High School football field in Coffeeville. The Rev. Amos Hill will be the eulogist. Interment will follow in the Rockbar Baptist Church Cemetery in Coffeeville.
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