Deacon Frank L. Gilcrease Sr. was born July 15, 1946 to the late Pauline Parker Cromartie and the late William Hightower in Baxley (Blarney Community). Later in life he was raised by the late Ida Nails Gilcrease and the late Will Gilcrease. He left his earthly home to be with the Lord on August 26, 2021.
Frank attended Mizpah Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon and church Treasurer for many years. He served our country well in the United States Army and was deployed to the Vietnam War. After he enlisted in the Army he attended Fort Valley State University and was a member of the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity. Frank was employed for many years by and retired at Plant Hatch (The Southern Company). After retiring from Plant Hatch, he worked at Walmart in various capacities, until his health began to fell. He also served as a Mason at Lodge #10 and as a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.
Frank was married to the late Linda Rooks Gilcrease and they were blessed with seven children. Later in life he married Gloria Williams Gilcrease.
Frank was preceded in death by his first wife, Linda Rooks Gilcrease, a daughter, Joyce Elinda Gilcrease, and a son, Minister Christopher L. Gilcrease, stepfather, Robert W. Cromartie Sr., three sisters, Ida Mae Gilcrease, Joyce Ann Cromartie Jackson and Gloria Ann Cromartie.
Frank leaves to cherish his memories his wife, Gloria Ann Gilcrease, four sons, Frank “Leon” Gilcrease Jr. of Baxley, Ron (Melba) of Williamsburg, VA, Calvin Gilcrease and Joey Gilcrease both of Baxley, two daughters, Stephanie (Arrick) Jackson of Baxley and Sherrie Gilcrease of Washington, D.C., nine grandchildren, Briyanna (Carl) Richardson of Atlanta, Gavin Gilcrease of Baxley, Bryant Gilcrease of Jacksonville, FL, Madison Gilcrease, Destiny Jackson both of Baxley, Jaliah Gilcrease, Christopher Gilcrease both of Pensacola, FL, Dearkia Jackson and Marie Jackson both of Vidalia, four great-grandchildren, special daughter, Dr. Brenda Rooks Spearman of Waycross, best friend, Lawyer Nails of Uvalda, one aunt, Dedie Bell Parker of Douglas and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
A graveside funeral service was held at Blarney Community Cemetery on Friday, September 3, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. with the Pastor James R. Carlyle officiating.
Active pallbearers were Masonic Brothers and Friends.
Musical selections were rendered by Sister Olivia Rozier and Minister Carla Sirmans.
Professional services were entrusted to Baxley Funeral Home.