David L. Gills was born on August 4, 1943, to Ambrose and Nellie Stewart Gills of Bluefield, Virginia (deceased). He passed away at his home in Abingdon on Thursday, June 11, 2020.
After graduating from Graham High School he served in the United States Air Force from 1965-1969, serving at Suffolk Co. AFB, West Hampton Beach, Long Island, New York and Wheelus Air Base, Tripoli, Libya where he attained the rank of Staff Sergent. After serving his country he worked in Newport Beach for what was known as C&P Telephone Company (one of the Ma Bell companies) then transferred to Lebanon, Virginia before moving to Abingdon, Virginia in 1991. He retired from Verizon, where he was known as “Red Beard,” with 30 years of service. He was a member of the CWA.
He is survived by his wife, Sharon Cross Gills; daughter, Brooke Gills Smith; and son-in-law, Wilbur Coke Smith III (Trey).
A private cryptside service was held at the Colonial Chapel Mausoleum of Forest Hills Memory Gardens.
Those wishing to share memories, express sympathy, and send “Hugs from Home” may do so by visiting www.farrisfuneralservice.com. The family of David L. Gills is being cared for by Farris Funeral Service & Crematory, 427 E. Main St., Abingdon, VA 24210, (276) 623-2700.