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“this man could sing with the best, because he had a ear for tone and harmony that allowed him to sound like who ever he wanted.He was a great one and...Read More »
1 of 25 | Posted by: ROBERT MAYS - BECKLEY, WV

“Harold and I traveled and sang for a while with the Harbinger Quartet. He was one of the best base singers in gospel music . I loved him as a...Read More »
2 of 25 | Posted by: James Baker - Williamsburg, KY

“I met Harold during his days with the Palmetto State Qt. Having heard his recordings with PSQ, I already knew what a tremendous talent he had, but I...Read More »
3 of 25 | Posted by: Greg Carter - Birmingham, AL

“I was privileged to play the piano for the Powell River Boys in Big Stone Gap, VA when Harold was their bass singer in the early 1960s. Who would...Read More »
4 of 25 | Posted by: Delores Bowling Beason - PA

“I was sorry to hear of your loss. Harold was a Good friend to me and alawys had time to talk. I might add to he was a great Bass Singer and will be...Read More »
5 of 25 | Posted by: Rev. Ken williams - Adel, GA

“Our Prayers and thought are with you and your Family May God Bless ”
6 of 25 | Posted by: Barbara Ann David Lawrence

“WE HAD GREAT TIMES TOGETHER AT CONCERTS AND ALSO AT THE GRAND OLD GOSPEL IN SC. THE LAST TIME WE WAS TOGETHER IN SC WE SAT TOGETHER AND I GAVE HIM MY...Read More »
7 of 25 | Posted by: EARL BREWER - SINGING FRIENDS

“I FIRST HEARD HAROLD SING A BREAKS INST PARK IN THE 60S. THEN WE BECAME AQUAINTED WHEN HE SANG WITH THE BLACKWOODS AT PIGEON FORGE, AND THEN WITH...Read More »
8 of 25 | Posted by: ROBERT & JEANETTE MAYS SR - WV

“I was sorry to hear of Mr. Gilley's death. I enjoyed hearing him sing when he was with the Palmetto Quartet. As his family, you are in our thoughts...Read More »
9 of 25 | Posted by: Howard Castle - Marion, IN

“I met Harold back in the early 90s at the quartet convention . A fried and I were sitting on the steps that lead to the stage.we were singing with...Read More »
10 of 25 | Posted by: James Baker - washburn, TN

“sorry for your loss may God keep and up hold you ”
11 of 25 | Posted by: david hayes - marjorie hayes - VA

“Always loved playing with Harold. ”
12 of 25 | Posted by: David Coomer - Big Stone Gap, VA

“So sorry for your loss. Your family will be in my prayers. ”
13 of 25 | Posted by: Jody Murphy - Chilhowie, VA

“It has been such a blessing in my life to have known Harold (I won't call him "Mr. Gilley," because we know he'd fuss about that...). Especially in...Read More »
14 of 25 | Posted by: Deana Goodwin - Mt. Carmel, TN

“I am saddenned to hear of Harolds passing. As a child he was one of my favorite First Cousins. My family always loved to hear Harold sing. My...Read More »
15 of 25 | Posted by: Rheda Fay (Poff) Worley - MS

“HAROLD AND I SANG TOGETHER IN THE LANDMARKS QUARTET FOR 5 YEARS. WITH OUT A DOUBT HE WAS ONE OF THE GREATEST BASS SINGERS IN SOUTHERN GOSPEL MUSIC. I...Read More »
16 of 25 | Posted by: RONNIE WEBB - ERWIN, TN - FRIEND

“Dear Betty and Family, My memory of Harold over the years was that of being one of the finest underrated bass singers of our generation. And his...Read More »
17 of 25 | Posted by: Ernie Phillips - Asheville, NC

“I know you're singing with the angle band. Probably teaching them some low notes. ”
18 of 25 | Posted by: Carl Bell - Huntington, WV

“Harold Gilley! I was JD SUMNER'S BUS MGR. JD said you were the greatest bass singer ever! You sang with me and BLACKWOOD QT YOU ARE THE BEST EVER!...Read More »
19 of 25 | Posted by: Ron Blackwood - Waco, TX

“I never met Mr. Gilley in person. But as a gospel music fan, I enjoyed Mr. Gilley's talent and spirit. We all are richer from his contributions to...Read More »
20 of 25 | Posted by: David Burks - Winona Lake, IN

“Last time I spoke with Harold it was on a Saturday night after a gospel Sing at a waffle house. He was the kind of person you could talk with and...Read More »
21 of 25 | Posted by: Wayne Weeks - Clinton, NC

“Betty and Family, You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.Just lean on the Lord and He will supply you ample grace to help with your...Read More »
22 of 25 | Posted by: Barbara Tonker Still - Kingsport, TN

“To the family of Harold Gilley,I have no words to convey how sorry I am to hear of Harold's passing. While the Southern Gospel community has lost a...Read More »
23 of 25 | Posted by: Jerry Butler - Adrian, MI

“Will be missed dearly. Great singer, friend and mentor. See you on Rainbow Ave. ”
24 of 25 | Posted by: Darin and Kallie Hebert - OK

“Harold was a Great Person, Great Bass Singer, Great Man of God. I will miss Him. ”
25 of 25 | Posted by: Greg Harelson


East Stone Gap, VA

Lowell Harold Gilley, 71, passed away on Tuesday (July 2. 2013) at his home with his family by his side.

Harold was an accomplished gospel singer. He was a chaplain at Norton Community Hospital. Harold was an ordained minister. He spent his life serving the Lord and always helping, and giving to other people. He was a member of the Palmetto State Quartet. His legacy has been memorialized in a museum in Dollywood, TN.

He was preceded in death by his father, Glen H. Gilley; his mother, Ella Gilley; two brothers, Leonard Gilley and Wayne Gilley.

He is survived by wife, Betty, of the home; three sons, Bryan Gilley of Norton , Tim Gilley and wife Tina of East Stone Gap, VA, and Steve Gilley of Connersville IN; two grandsons, Cody Gilley and Seth Huffman; three granddaughters, Whitney Gilley , Jessica Miles, Hayden Huffman; one brother, John Gilley of East Stone Gap; and a host of very close relatives and friends.

The family will receive friends at Holding Funeral Home (17. E. 3rd St. N) on Saturday (July 6, 2013) from 4 until 8 p.m.

The funeral service will be conducted following the visitation in the funeral home chapel with Curtis Rowland, Carlton Rowell and Melvin Eads officiating.

The graveside service will be conducted on Sunday (July 6, 2013) at 10:00 a.m. in the Gilley Family Cemetery.

Those wishing to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the funeral home at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday to go in procession to the cemetery.

Pallbearers will be: Tim Gilley, Bryan Gilley, Tony Gilley, Marty Gilley, Shane Gibson, and Todd Dalton.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Harold may be made to the Soul Harvest Children Fund, c/o Powell Valley National Bank, 228 E. 5th St., S., Big Stone Gap, VA 24219 or at any local branch.

You may go online to view the obituary and sign the guest registry at www.holdingfuneralhome.com

Holding Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Mr. Gilley

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Funeral Home
Holding Funeral Home
17 E 3rd St N Big Stone Gap, VA 24219
Tel. (276) 523-1470

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