Melva Eldridge Gillis of Cutler Bay, FL was born in Yazoo County Mississippi on March 22, 1953 to the late Pearlie Harrell and Melvin Richard Eldridge. She passed through to God's embrace Sunday, September 10, 2017 in Augusta, GA. She leaves to mourn her sweet memory, her husband of 42 years, John Gillis; daughter, Renee Gillis and son, Adam Gillis all of Cutler Bay, FL. She is also survived by her brother, John Ates (Ethelene) of Philadelphia, MS; sister, Nancy Newland (Galen) of Eupora, MS, and special nephew, John Thomas Ates (Barbara) of Magee, MS and a multitude of cousins, nieces and nephews who she cherished. In addition to her parents, Melva was preceded in death by her sisters, Peggy Woods (Robert) and Wendy Skipworth (Kevin).
Visitation will be held on Fri. Sept. 15, 2017 from 5pm-7pm and on Sat. Sept. 16, 2017 from 1pm-1:45pm at Ott & Lee Funeral Home in Brandon, MS. Funeral Services are 2pm on Sat. Sept. 16, 2017 at the Ott & Lee Funeral Home Chapel in Brandon, MS with burial to follow in the Johns Cemetery in Rankin County, MS.
Melva suffered many years from Rheumatoid Arthritis and the family would appreciate any gifts be made to an RA foundation for research, treatment or cures as fits your individual ability.