Thomas Earl Gilliland, age 80, and life-long resident of Royse City passed away on December 25, 2019. He was born August 25, 1939, in Commerce, TX, to William Earl Gilliland and Mary Marie (Vanlandingham) Gilliland. Thomas was a member of the Scottish Rite Masonic Lodge 663. When he was younger, he served as an Air Force Officer in the Vietnam War. Thomas graduated from Baylor University in 1963 with a BBA. He enjoyed fishing on the gulf and taking trips to Colorado in his RV with friends. Thomas was a very active member of Community Baptist Church in Royse City. He will be deeply missed by those who loved him.
He is survived by his loving wife: Rexanne Gilliland of Royse City, TX; sons: Thomas Gilliland and wife Julie of Pantego, TX, and Gary Gilliland and wife Tonya of Guthrie, TX; grandchildren: Megan Clay and husband Jacob of Weatherford, TX, Molly Gilliland of Dallas, TX, Cooper Gilliland, Mary Gilliland, and Macy Gilliland of Guthrie, TX; and numerous relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents.
A celebration of Thomas’s life will be held at 1:00 pm on Thursday, January 2, 2019, at Community Baptist Church, 6012 TX-276, Royse City, TX 75189.