Frank Gene "Coach" Gilliland

02/02/1924 - 06/12/2020

Obituary for Frank Gene "Coach" Gilliland

Frank Gene “Coach” Gilliland age 96 passed away on Friday June 12, 2020 at Hospice of Cincinnati Blue Ash. He was born on February 2, 1924 in Proctor, NC the son of the late William and Martha (nee Ogle) Gilliland. He was married to Lolita (nee Wentz) Gilliland who preceded him in death in 2005. Mr. Gilliland taught chemistry, physics, and math at Oceana High School for 33 years, along with coaching basketball, football, and track. He and his wife managed the Oceana Park and Pool for over 50 years, which the town renamed Gilliland Park and Pool to honor Coach and Granny. He was a member of Oceana United Methodist Church where he loved to worship, fellowship, and serve the Lord. Coach was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps serving in WWII. He enjoyed nature, his church, his children, and his grandchildren. His proudest accomplishment was his family with his late wife of 56 years Lolita. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by two brothers, four sisters, and one son-in-law James Sexton. Gene is survived by three loving daughters Susan Sexton of Wharton, WV, Debbie (Joe) Pendley of Cincinnati, OH and Marty (Terry) Morgan of Cincinnati, OH; seven grandchildren Allen (Alisha) Sexton of Williamstown, WV, Eddie (Lesia Workman) Sexton of Rock Hill, SC, Jennifer (Samuel) Sexton-Derr of Blacksburg, SC, Ty (Brooke) Morgan of Cleveland, OH, Tory (Chris Gallagher) Morgan of Cannon Beach, OR, Max (Chloe) Pendley of Cincinnati, OH, and Rose Pendley of Houston, TX; seven great grandchildren Emilie (Jason Elkins) Sexton, Elizabeth Sexton, Lauren Sexton, Abigail Morgan, Isaac Morgan, Isabel Morgan, and William Morgan Bowman; two great-great grandchildren Kevin Cook and Charlie Elkins. Due to the pandemic, a celebration of Coach’s life will be held August 8, 2020 at Oceana United Methodist Church. He will be laid to rest on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 in a private family service at Evans-Calfee Memorial Chapel. Private burial will follow in Palm Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Coach’s name to Oceana United Methodist Church PO BOX 102 Cook Parkway Oceana, WV 24870 and Barrett Nazarene Church Food Pantry. THE WEBSTER FUNERAL HOME in Fairfield, OH and Evans-Calfee Funeral Home in Oceana, WV are serving the family.
Donations may be made to Barrett Nazarene Church Food Pantry 827 Glen Drive Wharton, WV 25208.
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I can not think of growing up without not thinking of Coach. Of course we all had our first memories of him at the pool always with a smile. We went to church together until I went away to college and I always looked forward to seeing him on my visits back to oceana. He truly was a humble man of God. My brother loved him as a coach - he instilled a lot of values into the players. He was my chemistry teacher in high school - he was always patient with his class and really wanted us to learn. I feel privileged to have known Coach Gilliland for almost 50 years and his memory will live on in the hundreds of people who he touched with his kindness. my condolences to his family , especially his grandson and my friend, Allen.
- Chris Phillips
My deepest condolences to to family and friends...
- Edna Dishmon
Love the coach as a man teacher and a human he was a great human being and had great respect for him.
- Larry griffith
One of the finest human beings I have ever known. Such a privilege to have received his teachings, both inside and outside of the classroom.
- shawn stafford
Coach was one of the teachers I remember most. His style and understanding of how to teach you is so remembered today. He'll be missed and my deepest condolences to the family.
- Doyle Amburgey
Coach Gilliand was one of the great influences in my coaching career, as well as a terrific teacher, educator. A few years ago I told him what a influence he had been on me, and true to his humble, Christian personality, he was in shock when I told him. I don't think he had any idea of how much he meant to so many people whose lives he touched. I was so glad I got a chance to tell him how I felt before he left us for his heavenly home. His demeanor never changed, regardless of circumstances, and that was part of what made him so great. Earth has lost a great man, but Heaven has gained one of God's best. Prayers for the family and multiple friends. .
- Gene Reid

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