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William Percy Gillette III

William Percy Gillette III, 84, of Spotsylvania VA. joined the Long Gray Line on January 31, 2021. He was born in Suffolk, VA to the late Edward and Mabel Gillette.

He graduated from Chuckatuck High School in 1953 and attended VPI for 1 year before being accepted into the United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point, NY. He graduated from USMA in 1958 and was commissioned into the US Army as an Armor officer. Duty assignments included Korea, 2 tours in Vietnam, Pakistan, Germany and various posts stateside. During his Army career he earned numerous honors and medals to include the Distinguished Flying Cross (2), the Bronze Star (2) and the Combat Infantry badge (a big deal for an Armor officer). Some of his most treasured time in the Army was flying helicopters in the Air Cavalry. He retired after a 21-year career serving our country.

After retiring he worked for Hittman/Westinghouse and during that time also earned his Master’s Degree in Finance. He then spent the next 25 years working as a financial advisor with Waddell and Reed Financial Services. He was a member of the Annapolis and Spotsylvania Lions Club, serving as President of the Spotsylvania Chapter in 2016-2017. He was an avid skier, hunter and gardener.

He was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Nancy G. Gillette of Spotsylvania, VA; his brother Robert E. Gillette of Suffolk, VA; 4 Children: Deborah G. Nagle (Don Brady) of Alexandria VA, Mary G. Delgado (Tony) of Greenville, SC, William David Gillette (Amy) of Monroe, NC and Karen G. Pendleton (Jody) of Charlotte, NC; and 10 Grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be held in the R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home and Crematory Suffolk, VA on Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 2 PM, with visitation an hour before the service. He will be Interred at Arlington National Cemetery on a date to be announced.

In lieu of flowers the family requests contributions be made in his name (William Percy Gillette) to the West Point class of 1958 Perpetuity Fund. Make checks out to “Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund” and send to Deborah G. Nagle (Cl ‘58 PEF Treasurer) 408 Crown View Dr. Alexandria, VA 22314. Condolences may be registered at RWBakerFH.com.

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My deepest sympathy Robert and family, in the passing of your brother, husband, father, grandfather and uncle. Prayers for all of you in this time of loss. May he Rest In Peace. Lisa McCartney

Lisa Mccartney May 13 2021 12:00 AM

Nancy and family Thinking of you at this most difficult time. Wishing each of you well. Please know that you are a part of my thoughts and prayers. All the best to each of you. Betty Haney Woodward

Betty Haney Woodward May 13 2021 12:00 AM

Dear Family We always enjoyed our visits with Mr. Gillette when he visited Point Mountain. We are thankful for his service to our country. He definitely left an impression on us and on others who were privileged to know him. John and Jane Coprio

John and Jane Coprio May 13 2021 12:00 AM

Bob, We are sorry to hear of your loss, our prayers to you and the Gillette family.

Sam & Ginger Coco May 13 2021 12:00 AM

Bob, thinking of you and your family during this time. Please know I pray for you all to have peace and wonderful memories of your brother. Kaye and Family

Kaye P. Davenport May 13 2021 12:00 AM

Dear Bob and family, On behalf of the City of Suffolk Treasurer's Office, I want to extend our sincerest sympathy on the loss of your brother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. Sincerely, Ronald H. Williams, City Treasurer and Staff

Ronald H. Williams May 13 2021 12:00 AM

Dear Deborah and family, Please know that we are thinking of you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. With deepest sympathy, Walt and Linda Poole

Walt and Linda Poole May 13 2021 12:00 AM

I worked with Mabel @ PMA in the late 1940's ! My deepest Sympathy ! Steve H.Butler Jr .

Steve H. Butler May 13 2021 12:00 AM

My condolences to the family. I served as a young sergeant in Fort Benning an Vietnam . Captain Gillette was my Company Commander at the time. I remember his pride in being awarded the CIB.

Dave Davidson May 13 2021 12:00 AM

To The Entire Gillette Family: My deepest sympathy for Dutchmaster 6's passing. In the heat of combat operations' in Vietnam in the Mekong Delta in 1969 their wasn't a finer commanding officer who always put his men first and lead by example. We admired him deeply and respectfully referred to him as "The Blade". I flew many missions with him as his command and control pilot and later served as the aero scout flight section commander at his request. After I was seriously wounded he flew to the military hospital in Can Tho to check on me and to thank me for my service and to wish me the best in my recovery. I am glad he survived two tours in Vietnam and was able to lead a long productive life with his family. May the Blade Rest In Peace ! Dennis Schoville, Capt. USAR (Med. Ret.) Dutchmaster 15

Dennis A Schoville May 13 2021 12:00 AM