Carol P. Gillis, 81, of College Station, TX, died on Wednesday, April 22, 2020, following a lengthy battle with heart disease.
Due to current events, a private family memorial will be held. Cremation rites were accorded. Hillier Funeral Home in College Station, TX, is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Gillis was born Aug. 30, 1938, in Versailles, to Landis and Doris Pond. The only girl of six children, she always said, “I didn’t know I was a girl until I was older, I was just one of the boys.”
A talented singer, she began singing on the radio in Jacksonville at an early age. Later, she started her own band called, “Our Gang” that booked out a year in advance for Christmas and New Years Eve parties, weddings and other events.
Growing up with band equipment and microphone cords strung all over the living room floor and going to bed on a week night with band practice going on was just a way of life for her children.
Mrs. Gillis went to fan fair in Nashville and auditioned for the group Dave and Sugar, a huge group back in the 1970s. She won the part of back-up singer, but the thought of leaving four kids at home wasn’t the best idea. Her children would say, “really mom, we could have been rich?” She moved to Texas in 1979 and continued her singing career in Houston until the 90s.
At one point in her life, she put her stuff in storage and joined a boyfriend that was a long-haul truck driver on his route. She rode with him for almost a year and saw just about every state in the lower 48.
Mrs. Gillis loved home decor and was active in helping her daughter, Deborah, in her home staging business. She had a great eye for design.
She was a good artist and had an amazing green thumb. She would rather buy flowers than buy something she really needed. Always a voice of reason for her children, a daily phone call was not unusual. Sometimes the calls could last for hours with no shortage of things to discuss.
Mrs. Gillis is survived by her daughter, Vickie (husband Larry) Pence of Litchfield, Deborah (husband Arnold) Stepanek of Washington, TX, and Tracy (husband Randy) Wheeler of Houston, TX; brothers, Roger Pond and Charlie (Rita) Pond, both of Jacksonville; 13 grandchildren, Wyatt, Wendy, Naomi, Nate, John, Alex, Colt, Deann, Mandy, Codylyn, Mitchell, Erin and Kristen; 14 great-grandchildren, Blake, Crew, Maebry, Kylee, Davian, Greysen, Ariana, Ryan, Breanna, Garrett, Wyatt, Jesse, Adyn and Sage; and numerous other beloved relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Marty Pond, Keith Pond and Joe Pond; and her sons, Timothy Gillis and Mark Gillis.
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