A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Zion Cemetery, east of Ozark.
Born June 19, 1951, Mr. Gillespie had been employed as a laborer.
Survivors include his mother, Wanda Rose Gillespie of Marion; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Perry “Jeff” Gillespie; his companion of 28 years, Clara Marie Dodgens-Gillespie; and one brother, Lance J. Gillespie.
There will be no visitation.
Bailey Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.