Graveside funeral services for Celia Fountain Gillis, 81 of Mount Vernon, were held Thursday, December 2, 2021 at 3 p.m. at Mount Vernon Memorial Cemetery with Pastor Karl Hay and Reverend John Daughtrey officiating. There was not a visitation, but friends were invited to pay their respects at the cemetery one hour prior to the service. She died Monday, November 29, 2021, at the Community Hospice House in Vidalia after an extended illness.
A lifelong resident of Mount Vernon, Mrs. Celia Fountain Gillis was a 1958 graduate of Montgomery County High School. She retired as a social worker after 29 years from Montgomery County Department of Family and Children Services. She was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Mount Vernon, where she taught Sunday school for many years and was always involved with vacation Bible school. She enjoyed sewing, cooking, fishing, spending time with family and friends, and going on vacations with her family. She was preceded in death by her parents, Monroe E. Fountain and Annie Walters Fountain, and seven siblings, J.M. Fountain, Juanita F. Henry, LeRoy Fountain, Marvin Fountain, Oreta F. Avery, Bernard Fountain, and Festus Fountain.
Her family includes her husband of sixty-three years, Garland Gillis of Mount Vernon; three children, Julie A. Gillis and Randy Moore of Swainsboro, Kathy G. Braddy and husband Byron of Mount Vernon, and Greg Gillis and Jan Lumley of Dublin; one sister, Wylene F. Denney of Canton; four grandchildren, Michael S. McNeal and wife Pam of Green Cove Springs, Florida, Jeffrey F. McNeal and wife Julie of Vidalia, LeAnn B. Fernandez and husband Jared of Falkville, and Emily G. Sammons and husband Benji of Soperton; five great-grandchildren; a great-grandchild to be born soon; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Those who wish to make memorial contributions may do so to the Community Hospice Foundation, PO Box, 2277, Vidalia, GA 30475.
The family would like to give special thanks to Susie McMullen and the staff of Community Hospice for their support and loving care during her illness.
Ronald V. Hall Funeral Home of Soperton was in charge of arrangements.