ROCK HILL -- Mr. Kenneth Larry Gilland, 75, passed away Saturday, March 15, 2008, at the Wayne T. Patrick Hospice House. Larry was a beloved husband, father, and grandfather. He will be missed by his golfing buddies and many friends at Rock Hill Country Club.
The memorial service will be 4 p.m., Friday, March 21, 2008, at Greene Funeral Home Northwest Chapel, with the Rev. John Pruitt officiating.
A native of Charlotte, Mr. Gilland was born to Kenneth Ensor Gilland and Lucille Helms Williamson who preceded him in death, as well as his stepmother, Agnes C. Gilland.
He was a 1950 graduate of Central High School and served as a quartermaster on the U.S.S. Winston in the Korean conflict. Mr. Gilland attended North Carolina State, graduated from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. He began his sales career with DuPont de Nemours, which took him and his family to St. Louis, Dallas and Denver, Colorado; then with Mead Corporation in Denver and Rock Hill. While at Mead, he earned national recognition as the Container Division's top salesman, being awarded their coveted Dynamo Board of Directors merit. He retired from the packaging field after 25 successful years with Associated Packaging in Statesville, N.C.
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Surviving are his wife of 50 years, Carole Bennett Gilland; son and daughter-in-law, Marc and Anne; daughter and son-in-law, Leslie Gilland Johnson and Scott Johnson; and his brother, Richard Gilland, all of Charlotte; his stepsister, Margie M. Broome of Midlothian, Va.; his uncle, Reid Gilland of Valparaiso, Fla.; and five grandchildren: Max and Catie Gilland and Wil, Harrison, and Charlotte Johnson.
The family wishes to thank Hospice and all his wonderful friends for their well wishes and outpouring of love during the family's time of need. The family will receive friends immediately after the service at Greene Funeral Home Northwest Chapel, 2133 Ebenezer Road, Rock Hill.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Autism Society of North Carolina, 505 Oberlin Rd., Ste. 230, Raleigh, NC 27605; or LMSarcoma Direct Research (LMSdr), P.O. Box 52697, Tulsa, OK 74152.
Condolences may be made at www.greenefuneralhome.net.