Linda Gillespie

HOUSTON – Linda Louise Lancaster Gillespie, 70, died Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at Shelby Ridge Rehab in Alabaster, Ala. She was born Oct. 27, 1942, to Owen Wilson Lancaster and Ruth Alice Davidson Lancaster.

She was a retired beautician and owner of Linda’s Beauty Shop. She was a beautician for Leigh Ann Howell at Wave Lengths and a clerk at Pearson’s Drug Store. She was a member of Parkway Baptist Church.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, at Parkway Baptist Church with Dr. Randy Rinehart officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant Ridge in Woodland. Houston Funeral Home of Houston is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include her mother, Ruth Lancaster of Houston; her daughter, Merry and Dr. Chad Carson of Helena, Ala.; her grandchildren, Faith Carson, Jack Carson and Ava Carson; her brother, Russell and Jo Carolyn Lancaster of Houston; her nieces, Cathy and Chuck Spencer, Carol Lancaster and Cindy Lancaster; and her great-nephews, Charles Wayne Spencer and Kyler Spencer.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Gillespie, on Aug. 21, 1997; and her father.

Pallbearers are Mark Lancaster, Lewis Easter, Frank House, John William Lancaster, Jimmy Calvin Lancaster, John Fred Lancaster and Wilbur Lancaster. Honorary pallbearers are Thomas Rowlette, Steve Pearson and Floyd Pumphrey.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Houston Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church, c/o Phyllis Nelson, 570 CR 68, Woodland, MS 39776.

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