Funeral services for John Alton Gillis, 76 of Swainsboro, were held Sunday, January 23, 2022 at 1 p.m. at Swainsboro City Auditorium. Interment followed at Boiling Springs Cemetery. The family received friends Saturday, January 22, 2022 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Chapman Funeral Home. He passed away Monday, January 17, 2022 at Emanuel Medical Center following an extended illness.
Mr. John Alton Gillis was born February 8, 1945 in Soperton to the late George Neal Gillis and Inez Andrews Gillis. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Neal Gillis, Terry Gillis, Billy Gillis, and Howard Gillis; and sister, Addie Sue Savoy.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley Gillis of Swainsboro; special son, Delandro Gillis of Swainsboro; sons, Alton Gillis Jr. (Renee) of Vidalia as well as Kenneth Gillis and Ricardo Gillis, both of Swainsboro; daughters, Ashley Ricks of Macon, Shanteria Taylor of Phenix City, Alabama, and Cynthia Worthen (Alex), Catrina Gillis Grant (Alex), Tiffany Gillis, and Kisha Gillis, all of Swainsboro; brothers, Verlon Gillis (Willie Ruth) and Vernon Gillis (Martha Ann), both of Swainsboro, and Bobby Gillis (Eunora) of Fairfield, California; sister, Karen Gillis Young of Swainsboro; 28 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, and friends.
Pallbearers were Men Reaching Men.
Chapman Funeral Home of Swainsboro was in charge of arrangements.