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John Lanier Gill, Jr.

It is with regret we announce the passing of Mr. John Lanier Gill, Jr. age 83 of Fayetteville, TN. A private graveside service will be held on the family farm.

John was born on May 7, 1938, in Lincoln County, TN to the late John and Laura Mai Thomas Gill, Sr. He was a lover of Jesus, his family, the soil and animals. John was described as quiet but strong. He enjoyed playing football, and although he was too small to play it didn’t stop him from competing. A former coach said John was pound for pound the hardest hitting man on the team. After receiving his business degree, John came home to Belleville where he spent his entire life farming. He received many accolades for his farming efforts including being featured in a story of the beginnings of contract farming in the Saturday Evening Post with feed dealer Walter Tanner; he was recognized as Tennessee’s first Pork All American Farmer, Jaycees Outstanding Young Farmer, and received the 7-State Area Farm Management Award. Along with farming, John spent his time supporting his family, church, and community. He served as a deacon at Fayetteville First Baptist Church and was Secretary and Treasurer at Friendship Baptist Church. John also participated in mission trips to Trujio, Venezuela, Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina, and a Montana Reservation. John passed away on August 31, 2021.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Etta Mae Thomas Gill; son, Keith (Cindy) Gill; daughter-in-law, Debbie Gill Reese; grandchildren, John A (Lacey) Gill, Brian (Rachel) Gill, Clay (Whittney) Gill, Emma Gill and Coy Gill; great grandchildren, Arthur, Jameson and Ivy. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by son, Ken Gill, and grandson Caleb Gill.

Visitation with the family will be Sunday, September 5, 2021, from 4 pm to 6 pm at Higgins Funeral Home.

Higgins Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Mr. John Gill, Jr.

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4 Comments To "John Lanier Gill, Jr."

#1 Comment By Lester and Charlene Crane On September 2, 2021 @ 4:18 am

We are so sorry to learn of the loss of John and the loss of your Dad. Our hearts and prayers are with all of you.

#2 Comment By gene harrison On September 2, 2021 @ 11:51 am


I was a jr on the varsity football team at Central. You were a sr, you played your heart out.

Thanks for the great memories

#3 Comment By Jimmy and Diane Buchanan On September 2, 2021 @ 12:30 pm

To Etta Mae, Keith, and Family,

We are so very sorry for the loss of John and Mr. Clayton. Praying for peace and comfort for all of you during this very difficult time.

#4 Comment By Janice Moore Gregory On September 3, 2021 @ 6:13 pm

Sorry for the loss of Mr. Gill.