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1 of 27 | Posted by: Dorothy Beasley - Memphis, TN

“Miss n love u with all my heart ”
2 of 27 | Posted by: tetesa wesley

“God Bless You, Aunt Janie. Ann ”
3 of 27 | Posted by: Angela Gills - granddaughter

“To my loving grand mother. I love you and always will. You have inspired my life, helped me with my children and kept me on track. May your legacy...Read More »
4 of 27 | Posted by: Angela Gills - Harvey, IL

“I love you granny..... ”
5 of 27 | Posted by: Corzetta Maude Gills

“I always remembered going out to grandpa and grandma house with my dad Alan Gills. I loved being around my grand parents because they always made me...Read More »
6 of 27 | Posted by: Corzetta Maude Gills - MN

“To the family of Sistar Gills PWM OES My prayer is that God will comfort you in this sad time of your life. Remember his promise and hold on to God...Read More »
7 of 27 | Posted by: Sistar Lucille Fanniel

“May Peace & Blessings be with The Gills Family during your time of bereavement. ”
8 of 27 | Posted by: Sis. Vicki M. Yarbrough - Chicago, IL

“To the Family of Sister Gills, Earth has no sorrow that Heaven can't heal, know that she lived a wonderful life. You had her more years that a lot...Read More »
9 of 27 | Posted by: Zandra A Prince - Chicago, IL

“This Grand old Order of the Eastern Star, and the people, and places that this Sister encountered are all better for having had the experience. Her...Read More »
10 of 27 | Posted by: Bro. James E. Cotton, Jr.

“"Perhaps they are not stars, but openings in Heaven where the love of our loss loved ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they...Read More »
11 of 27 | Posted by: Stephanie Atwood - Chicago, IL

“To the Family of Sister Janie Gills, we would like to express our sincerest sympathies. Always know that God will be forever with you and will not...Read More »
12 of 27 | Posted by: Sister Renee Harper - Robbins, IL

“Hi Janie thank you for the dog. I will always remember my visit to Pine Bluff where we race up and down the hall in your scooter while Peck laughed...Read More »
13 of 27 | Posted by: jim roach - surprise, AZ

“We are deeply saddened by your loss. We will cherish the memories of the times shared with Victoria #129. We are with you during this time of grief. ”
14 of 27 | Posted by: Brother Anthony Griffin and Sister Cecilee Griffin - IL

“I would like to express my deepest sympathy for your family in your loss. I pray God grants you peace in this time. I pray peace that surpasses all...Read More »
15 of 27 | Posted by: Ashley L. Wilson - Chicago, IL

“To the family of Sister Gills. May the comfort of God help you all through this difficult time. ”
16 of 27 | Posted by: Kamisha Lewis - Chicago, IL

“May the Blessings and Peace of God rest, rule, and abide in your hearts now and forevermore...I am truly sorry for your loss. Sister Shanese...Read More »
17 of 27 | Posted by: Sister Shanese Hibbler - Chicago, IL

“l remembers cousin janie and cousin jim very well, we love them so muchthat we all call them aunt janie and uncle jim. we thougt of them as my mother...Read More »
18 of 27 | Posted by: Dorothy Beasley Bowers

“I am a resident of Phoenix since 1986 but grew up three houses down from the Gilles from 1958 to 1972. She was a wonderful woman who treated all the...Read More »
19 of 27 | Posted by: Ralph Crudup - Friend

“Grandma i just want to say i love you so much, and even though we did not get to spend much together, the time we spent was very special too me, and...Read More »
20 of 27 | Posted by: Jasmine Gills

“Mama I sit here all along thinking about all the things you tought me,all the things you showed me, all the things you helped me with, all the things...Read More »
21 of 27 | Posted by: Montel - Anch, AK - Greatgrandson

“She was joy to be around and always had a smile on her face. And a kind word to say. She will be truly missed. Can't wait to she her on the other...Read More »
22 of 27 | Posted by: Stanley White

“Thank you mom for the love and your sacrifice for me. Love you ”
23 of 27 | Posted by: janet gills - surprise, AZ

“Sis. Gills, Though we never had the chance to meet, I deem it an honor and a pleasure to serve in the Chapter of which you were not only a member,...Read More »
24 of 27 | Posted by: Sis. Kimberlee M. Dance

“Dear Family, I am so very sorry about the loss of year dear loved one. May the thought at Job 33:25 give you comfort in knowing that Mrs. Gills will...Read More »
25 of 27 | Posted by: Pat Freeman

“Grandma, I cannot express the great hole that is in my heart. I am glad that you are at peace and have no more pain. How do I say good-bye to my...Read More »
26 of 27 | Posted by: Tina La Nora - Phoenix, AZ

“Granny, I love you. I want to thank you for all the support you have given me though out the years. I also want to say thank you for helping mold...Read More »
27 of 27 | Posted by: Eunice Owens - Phoenix, AZ


On May 7, 1911 a rising star burst onto the scene. Her name was Janie Ella Gills. Janie was the oldest of three children (brothers, George and Ralph, preceded her in death), born to proud parents, the late Reverend Ralph and Lucy Hicks in Tamo, Arkansas. Janie accepted Christ at an early age. As a child she grew up entertaining various ministers in her small farming community by helping her mother cook and make cakes for which she became famous for as an adult.

In 1927 while living in Cotton Plant, Arkansas Janie met and married the late James Gills. To this union a daughter named Josephine Gills (Walker) was born. After living in Monroe, Louisiana for a few years, Janie and James moved north to Chicago, Illinois. They came to settle in Robbins, Illinois, where James became a faithful servant of New Friendship Missionary Baptist Church. She served on the Usher Board, and various other committees within the church. Janie was also a member of O.E.S. Victoria Chapter #129. In 1967 she served as Worthy Matron. While Janie worked various jobs outside the home, including working at Armour Meat Packing Company, her greatest role was that of mother, grandmother, friend and dedicated servant to the Lord.

Janie joined New Hope Baptist Church, and later, Antioch Baptist Church when the Gills' relocated to Phoenix, Arizona in 1988. In 1997 the love of her life, James Gills, was called home to rest after 61 years of marriage. Janie returned home to Pine Bluff, Arkansas in 1998 and joined Mount Nebo Baptist Church. In 2006 Janie's health started to decline and she returned to Phoenix, Arizona where she remained until her star went supernova on March 27, 2011.

Janie leaves to celebrate her 100th year of life, her daughter, Josephine Walker of Atlanta, Georgia; two nephews, Ralph (RM) Hicks of Phoenix, Arizona and George Hicks, Jr. of Chicago, Illinois; a stepdaughter, Teresa Wesley of Phoenix, Arizona; 13 grandchildren - Angela Wolford Gills; JB (preceded her in death); Allen (Sally) Gills; Janet (James Roach) Gills; DeWayne Walker; Sharon Walker; Kenneth Walker (preceded her in death); LaMar Walker; Vincent Walker; Melvin Walker; Beverly (Mark) Ashley; Celestine Wesley and Brian Wesley; 20 great grandchildren - Ladell Clark; Tina La Nora; Jerry Wolford; Vera Wolford; Montel Hadley; Corzetta Gills; Bernard Gills; Eunice Owens; Catherine (Hugh) Coor-Mills; Kesia Wesley; Shanika (Lyn) Gibson; Kimberly Gills; Kristina (William) Rogers; Teresa Wesley; LaNesha Walker; Danielle Walker; Shavonne Walker; Marcus Ashley; Lamar Walker Jr.; and Melanie Ashley; 27 great-great grandchildren - Terynce Lofton; Angelic Wolford; Jasmine Gills; Dempsey T. Lofton Jr.; Rhonda Wolford; Montel Hadley Jr.; Jovan Gills; April Gills; Ashley Gills; Kyra Clark-Blankmore; Kimberly Blankmore-Wolford-Cannon; Darnell Wolford; Mercerdes Wolford; Elijah Young; Marsean Hadley; Jeffery Mathews II; Abigail Gills; Cole Rogers; Kylee Walker; Jaedan Hadley; Skye Gibson; Seriah Wesley; Kamron Wesley; Kevin Wesley; Brian Wesley; Tommy Wesley and Kendrick Wesley; 10 great-great-great grandchildren; five very dear cousins - Warna Jean Turner; Berry Turner; Jeff Turner; Thelmarie Fox and Wilma Burton all from Pine Bluff, Arkansas; five special friends - Tonya Jones; Mark Hurdelsh; Dempsey T. Lofton Sr.; Susan Lofton and Arnold Bolden - all from Phoenix, Arizona; and a host of friends and loved ones.

Visitation 5:00-8:00 p.m., Monday, April 4, 2011 at Greer Wilson Funeral Home 5921 W. Thomas Rd., Phoenix, Celebration of Life service 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church 1622 N. 39th Avenue, Phoenix with interment 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 6, 2011 at National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona 23029 N. Cave Creek Rd., Phoenix