Thomas "Tom" Edward Gillespie, age 85, of Franklin, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019, at 12:27 a.m. at The Medical Center in Bowling Green.

Arrangements were under the direction of Gilbert Funeral Home where funeral services were held Sunday, Oct. 13, with burial in Peden Mill Cemetery in Simpson County with military honors by the Simpson County Honor Guard.

Tom was born Aug. 14, 1934, in Simpson County to the late Stanley Gillespie and the late Virginia Booker/Pierce. He was the husband of the late Elizabeth Johns Gillespie. He was also preceded in death by a son, Eddie Gillespie and a daughter, Stephanie Todd Gillespie Carr.

He is survived by his children, a son, Bill David Belveal (Mary Beth) of Franklin, a son, Richard Eric Gillespie (Sherry) of Akron, Ohio, a son, Marshall Troy Gillespie (Lori) of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio; two grandchildren, Amanda Vignieri and Chelsea Perry.

Tom was a member of Franklin Presbyterian Church. He was in the Franklin Rotary Club, Franklin Country Club, the Hardee's Morning Coffee Club, and the Circumnavigators Club. He served in the Air Force and during Vietnam was a navigator/bombardier on a B47 stratajet. Tom earned a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Florida. He worked as a project manager for Shell Oil Company.

Expressions of Sympathy may be made to St. Jude's Children Hospital.

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