Willard Alfonso ‘Foncie’ Gilly, 82, golfer modestly proud of his three holes-in-one

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Willard Alfonso “Foncie” Gilly
Willard Alfonso “Foncie” Gilly

Willard Alfonso “Foncie” Gilly, of Wilmington, died Saturday, May 16, 2015, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center, peacefully, with his loving wife Gail beside him. He was 82.

Foncie was born April 23, 1933, in Big Stone Gap, Virginia, son of the late Dillard A. Gilly and Beatrice Jones Gilly. His brother, Patton Gilly and two brothers-in-law, Vivion Skeen and George Bishop, preceded him in death.

Mr. Gilly was a member of St. Andrews On-the-Sound Episcopal Church. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army and was a recipient of the Good Conduct Medal. After graduation from Signal School, he served as a radar technician during his service time in the Army. Upon discharge from the military, Foncie attended and graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a bachelor’s degree in engineering.

After 35 years of service with General Electric, he retired, and in 1993, moved to Wilmington. Foncie loved woodworking, furniture making and working on cars. He was an avid golfer and was modestly proud to have had a hole-in-one three times during his playing days.

He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Gail J. Gilly; two sons, Craig Woodford Gilly, of Frederick, Maryland and Scott Browning Gilly (Megan), of New York City; five grandchildren, Taylor, Ashlyn, Abigail, Kayla and Annabel Gilly; three sisters, Christine Skeen, Dorothy Bishop and Margaret Bieber (Dean), all of Big Stone Gap, Virginia; and four nieces and nephews, Gilda, Jay Harold, Patty and Reeta.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 22, 2015, at St. Andrews On-the-Sound Episcopal Church with the Rev. Richard G. Elliott officiating. Inurnment will follow at the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Foncie’s memory may be made to St. Andrews On-the-Sound Episcopal Church, 101 Airlie Road, Wilmington, NC 28403 or to New Hanover Regional Medical Center Foundation, 2131 S. 17th St., Wilmington, NC 28401.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Andrews Mortuary.

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