Wilma Gillespie Edmonds

Friday, May 4, 1945 - Wednesday, October 11, 2023

A Godly Christian Woman

Photo of Wilma  Gillespie Edmonds  - 1945-2023

On the crisp fall morning of Wednesday, October 11, 2023, a wonderful beloved lady, Wilma Gillespie Edmonds age 78,  gently and peacefully passed away surrounded by her family, those whom she cherished with all her heart and soul.

Wilma was a lady of kindness and grace. Born in Buncombe County on May 4, 1945, among the mountains of Western North Carolina. Making her home in Leicester, she grew up with values of compassion and selflessness ingrained in her spirit.

At the young age of ten, Wilma had a life-altering experience of grace. It was then that she was saved and in that sacred moment, she dedicated her life to Jesus Christ. Her joy was to be in the house of the Lord, and she was a faithfully attending member of Chestnut Grove Baptist Church in Leicester. Wilma was a Godly woman and was a witness of God’s love to her family and friends.

A devoted wife, mother, mamaw, and great-mamaw, her love enveloped each of her cherished family members every single day. One of the greatest pleasures of Wilma’s life was to travel with her family and friends together. Wilma and her husband, Ray, shared a marriage that was not just wonderful but a testament of 57 years of love together. They were inseparable and where one was the other was also. In the words of Ray, “We are one.”

Wilma’s beautiful smile and her Christian spirit will remain etched in the hearts of her loved ones forever. In the warmth of her memory, they will each find peace and remember her guiding light. Wilma’s light will shine eternally.

Preceding her in death are her parents, Burgin Gillespie and Dorothy Ledbetter Gillespie; a brother, Cecil Gillespie, and sisters, Kay Gillespie and JoAnn Hawkins.

Family left to cherish her memory are, her husband, the love of her life and wonderful companion, Ray Edmonds; her daughters, Donna Justice, Deborah Wilson (Jeremy) and Teresa Sluder (Jonathan); her grandsons, Weston Justice (Makayla), Michael Justice, Russell Sluder (fiancée, Josie Buckner); great-grandchildren, Hazel Kate and Walter Justice; a brother, Conley Gillespie and a sister, Carolyn Brookshire.

A funeral service to honor the life of Wilma will be held at 3:00PM, Sunday, October 15, 2023, at Chestnut Grove Baptist Church in Leicester. Officiating will be Reverend Dewayne Brown, Reverend Stanley Surrett, Reverend Bill Brown, Reverend Jonathan Sluder and Reverend Paul Sluder. Mrs. Edmond's will lie in state at the church from 2:00PM until 3:00PM prior to the funeral service. Burial will be in Chestnut Grove Cemetery. The family will be receiving friends Saturday evening from 6:00PM until 8:00PM at Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Canton.

Memorials may be made in Mrs. Edmonds memory to Chestnut Grove Baptist Church, 7 Mayrand Road, Leicester, NC 28748. 

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Edmonds family.

Condolences from family and friends

Dear Ray, Donna, Deborah, Teresa and all family members of Wilma. The obituary certainly was a great testament to how Wilma lived her life. I enjoyed seeing her at all of our classmates functions. Wilma always had a smile for everyone. I pray that God will bring comfort and peace to each of you in the following days. With our Sympathy & love, Phil and Joyce Dover Evans
Joyce Dover Evans
You guys are in our thoughts and prayers.
Stwve Boyd
We thought a lot of Wilma we were fortunate enough to go on a trip with Wilma and Ray they both had a great sense of humor,We cherish the memories
David and Joan Rogers
So sad to hear of the passing of your dear loved one. Known her since high school days. Sweet sweet lady. May “The GOD of ALL COMFORT” be close to each one of you now and in the days to come. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Jimmie & Shirley Fender and Barbara Greene
Jimmie and Shirley Fender
Prayers for all of you.
Keith & Barbara Wells
So sorry to hear the passing of sister Wilma. She was a sweet loving lady.May God give you the strength you need during this time.
We are so sorry for the loss of your mother Deborah. She sounds like a wonderful mum and lady!! May the Lord bring you all comfort and you will all celebrate and see each other again in heaven. In His Love Lorna and Doyle
Lorna and Doyle Damron
Our condolences to Uncle Ray and his precious family in the home going of Wilma. She was one of God’s gifts to this world always smiling with a kind and loving heart. I know she will be missed but we know she is in the presence of our Lord and we will see her again. May you feel God’s presence, his comfort, and strength during this difficult time. We love you! Art and Rita
Art and Rita Fowler
You have our love, prayers and sympathy. I’m sorry I’m out of town and cannot come visit tonight. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Love, Nilda
Nilda Hillhouse
Dear Ray, Donna, Deborah and Teresa and all your family, we are so sad to hear of Wilma's passing! I remember so many great times at family reunions and visits from your family at our house. I used to send the weekends with you girls some when you were very young!. I learned to eat a tomato sandwich at your house!! Your momma was a jewel! She was a great Christian lady, a hard worker, a great parent and I could go on and on! I live your family and I'm so very sorry that I couldn't be there for you but my health will not allow me to travel with now. I love you all! Prayers and BIG HUGS!! Love, Steve, Marisa, Bailey, Josh and Emalyn!
Marisa Oxner
I'm so sorry for your loss. She was sweet lady and always had a kind word to say
Daniel Burlison