Updated: Fri 2:16 PM, Jan 18, 2013
Funeral Home: J.C. Kirby & Son Funeral Home, Broadway chapel
Kent E. Gildersleeve, 65, of Atlanta, died peacefully on Jan. 12, 2013, following a long and valiant fight against Hodgkin’s Lymphoma cancer.
Born in Knoxville, Tenn., he grew up in Arlington, Va., and in Bowling Green. He graduated from Western Kentucky University and attended law school at the University of Tennessee. He lived his entire adult life in Atlanta, where he held executive positions with several insurance companies before opening his own insurance firm. He was a 14-year member of the Kiwanis Club of Marietta, where he served on the board of directors from 2006-08, and was recognized with the Outstanding Kiwanian and Ruby K-10 awards. He chaired the club’s Safety Committee for the past four years and served on the Policies and Procedures Committee. He was a faithful volunteer every year for the club’s annual Flag Project, which funds their scholarship program. He was active for many years in officiating amateur sports activities in the Atlanta area, including Softball Umpires Unlimited. He was a longstanding member of the Madison Forum and Mount Vernon Presbyterian Church. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Virginia and Scott Warren, and his granddaughter Caroline Warren. He is also survived by brothers and sisters-in-law Jim and Brenda Gildersleeve and Larry and Kathleen Gildersleeve.
A funeral service celebrating his life was on Thursday at H.M. Paterson & Son Arlington Chapel in Sandy Springs, Ga. A graveside service will be held at Fairview Cemetery in Bowling Green at 11:30 a.m. Saturday and will be preceded by a visitation with the family beginning at 10 a.m. at J.C. Kirby Funeral Chapel on Broadway in Bowling Green.
In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Donor Services, P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202.