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Rev. Joseph "Joe" Edward Gillenwater

August 6, 1933 — April 7, 2023

Kingsport, TN


Rev. Joseph “Joe” Edward Gillenwater- Kingsport, TN

Rev. Joseph “Joe” Edward Gillenwater, 89, Kingsport, TN, went home to be with the Lord Friday, April 7, 2023, at his home with his family.

Joe was born in Ft. Blackmore, VA, on August 6, 1933, to the late Wise Wesley “Jake” Gillenwater and Monnie Edna (Lane) Gillenwater.

He was a wonderful husband and father; he pastored a church in Chicago for 32 years. He was a sheet metal mechanic for over 40 years before retiring in 1995. He served 2 years in the Army and was stationed in Germany and France.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jake and Monnie Gillenwater; a sister, Bobbie Jean; a brother, Virgil Lee Gillenwater; and a brother-in-law, Lonnie Gray.

Joe is survived by his wife of 67 years, Iris (Necessary) Gillenwater; his children, Eydie (Jerry) Kachlic, Peoria, AZ, Michelle Gillenwater, and fiancé Keith, Bristol, TN, Lisa (Randy) Mullins, Kingsport, TN, Michael E. Gillenwater, Kingsport, TN, Neal E. Gillenwater, Washington State; sisters, Juanita Pierson (K.P.), Kingsport, TN, Mary Ann Gray, Cicero, IL, Shirley Butler (Coy), Kingsport, TN; sister-in-law, Maria Gillenwater, TX; brothers, Charles Gillenwater, VA, Howard (Glenelle) Gillenwater, Weber City, VA, Gerald (Delilah) Gillenwater, Kingsport, TN, Tommy Ray (Jan) Gillenwater, Ft. Blackmore, VA; grandchildren, Jessica Adams (Eddie), Shannon Gillenwater, Tonya Kachlic, Jerry Kachlic (Erica), Christopher Kachlic, Nicole Crespo, Luke (Ashley) Gillenwater, Sam Gillenwater, Brian Gillenwater, Joshua (Crystal) Gillenwater, and Elijah Tyrone; several great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be held from 5-7p.m., Friday, April 14, 2023, at the Gate City Funeral Home. Services will be conducted at 7:00p.m., in the Gene Falin Memorial Chapel of the funeral home with Rev. Marvin Egan and Rev. Coy Butler officiating. Dinah Hicks, Gabe Addington, and The McConnell's will provide the music.

Military graveside services will be conducted at 2:00p.m., Saturday, April 15, 2023, at Holston View Cemetery, Weber City, VA. Services will be conducted by American Legion Hammond Post #3, Kingsport, TN, and Post #265 Gate City, VA National Guard Honors Team. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Family and friends are asked to meet at the funeral home at 1:15p.m., to go in procession to the graveside service.

The family would like to send special thanks to Gentiva Hospice of Kingsport, for all of their wonderful help.

An online guest register is available for the Gillenwater family at

Gate City Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family of Rev. Joseph “Joe” Gillenwater.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Friday, April 14, 2023

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

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Funeral Service

Friday, April 14, 2023

Starts at 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

Gene Falin Memorial Chapel

136 Beech St, Gate City, VA 24251

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Graveside Service

Saturday, April 15, 2023

Starts at 2:00 pm (Eastern time)

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