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Celebrating the life of
Hagen B. Gillenwater
Passed away on December 30, 2018
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
912-352-7200
  • Funeral Service
  • 2:00 p.m. - Wednesday, January 02, 2019
  • Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
  • 7200 Hodgson Memorial Drive (Map)
    Savannah, Georgia 31406

  • 912-352-7200
  • Family will receive friends one hour prior to funeral service
  • Interment Will Be Private
  • - Wednesday, January 02, 2019

So sorry of your loss. I didn’t know him long, but it was obvious from the beginning that he was a Godly man. He & my husband shared their Sunday School class & he was always such an inspiration & joy. I know my husband who passed in August will now walk around heaven sharing together it’s beauty but oh the joys of just being in the presence of Jesus. What a day that was & how I look forward of joining them then they can show me the sights & sounds of the glorious joy of sharing that beauty & Jesus.. He was a dear man.

Patsy Dasher, Savannah , Ga

Mrs. Gillenwater, we are so sorry to hear about you and your family's loss. Believe it or not we were just out the Friday before trying to locate Mr. Gillenwater to visit with him. We weren't sure where he was. Again, we offer our deepest sympathies. Praying for you and your family. Would love to hear from you.

Michael and Michelle Ruffin , Port Wentworth , Ga.

Randy, Sending heartfelt condolences to you and your family. What a great gentleman. God is getting a good dose of his humor. Your gardening friend, Caroline H.

, ,

To the Family: My condolences to all of you. Death of a loved one is never an easy thing to go through. Just remember you are not alone. Isaiah 61:2, “... to comfort all who mourn”. God is right here to help you. Look forward with confidence to the fulfillment of the promises found at John 6:39,40; Acts 24:15. See also John 17:3

W.J., Petersburg , VA

Garry, Nancy, & Family: We are so sorry for your loss. You've certainly been blessed to have had such a wonderful, Christian father to love you and lead you through life. You are in our prayers. God bless you and keep you, Fred & Anne Brown

Fred & Anne Brown, Savannah, GA

I will remember the kind and smiling eyes that was always a feature on Hagen Gillenwaters face whenever I saw him. Growing up at Southside Baptist Church was a real blessing to my life because of the many Gidly examples set by the adults around us. MR. Gillenwater was a Deacon and long time church member who served along side my own father for many years. I know they are having great hugs and handshakes in heaven now while enjoying the fellowship of the saints in Christ. We can all rejoice in a life well lived. May it be so for us all.

Elaine Pierce, Savannah, GA

Garry, Randy & family - thoughts & prayers to all.

Steve Todd, Guyton , Ga

God gives us special friends for a lifetime. We have loved the Gillenwater family for 61 years and will miss Hagen so very much. We are praying for Randy and Gary and their families and are with you today in our hearts. .

James and Edna Baker, Hoschton, , Ga

Randy I’m so sorry to read of your dad’s death. I am praying for comfort for you and your family.

Debbie Hirsch, Savannah , Ga

So sorry to hear about the lost of your love one . may the (God ) of the heavens sustain you at this time of such great loss (2Cor.1:3). My thaughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Dorothy, Dacula,Ga,

Randy,Ralph and I want you to know we are praying for you and your family.Your father was a great man! You wrote an awesome obituary for him.There is so much comfort knowing he is with Jesus.Much love to you and Susan Carol Solomons

Carol Solomons, Savannah , Ga

So many good memories of our neighbors, Hagen and Zil. Hagen was a good man who had a twinkle in his eye. I miss them both. To the boys I send my love.

Joan Lambertson, Winston Salem, North Carolina

Gary and Randy how blessed you were to have such sweet parents. So sorry to hear about your father’s passing but he really is in a better place. He always met people with a smile and I never knew what he did but if he was a bug killer thar is my kind of man for sure. All that knew him will miss him.

Lynn Williams Brown, McDonough, Ga

Randy and Gillenwater family, please accept my deepest sympathy on the loss of your father. He certainly raised two exceptional sons. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. Angela Quante Forand

Angela Forand, Irmo, SC

To the family of MR. Gillenwater. So sorry to hear of your great loss. Not many of us can say we have a family member, who has lived, such a long life. At ( 1Corinthians 15:26) we are reassured, that the last enemy death, will be brought to nothing.

Belvey, Ridley Park, PA

Randy, I am so glad I got to know your sweet dad My sincere condolences for your loss.

Carol Downing, Savannah,

May God provide what the friends and family of Mr. Gillenwater need during this difficult time, and may they find comfort in the Bible's promises that soon, "all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out" (John 5:28, 29), and that "[God] will wipe out every tear from [our] eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore." (Revelation 21:3, 4). In fact, God 'will swallow up death forever, and He will wipe away the tears from all faces...for He himself has spoken it.' (Isaiah 25:8) We can also rest assured that, "the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our trials" will help us endure until he brings about these promises. (2 Corinthians 1:3, 4)

Paulaina, , CT

Not so sure about favorite son. After all I was first born. Randy was just an after thought in Mississippi. Dad was truly a "salt of the earth man". Wish I was more like him.

Gillenwater, Springfield, Ga

To the Family, so sorry for your loss. Hope you will be comforted in knowing that Hagen has the prospect of being resurrected, healthy (in the flesh), to Paradise Earth just as Jehovah God has promised. In fact , the vast majority will enjoy everlasting life right here on earth as God had intended from the beginning. God's Kingdom will do this under the rule of Jesus Christ. READ John 5:28, 29, Job 14:14, 15,Psalms 37:29,Matthew 6:9,10, Matthew 5:5 and Revelation 21:2-4 Go To: JW.ORG

DW, Spring, Texas

I'm very sorry for the loss of your dear loved one. Losing someone special brings tears and pain. Please know that God heals the brokenhearted, Psalm 147:3. May Revelation 21:4 comfort you

Kiki, ,

Wonderful neightbors across the street all during my childhood. Mr G was my "boyfriend" we use to giggle about that. Loved that man so sorry Randy and Gary for your loss. But I will always hold the memories in my heart of your dear family.

Kay Lambertson Shega, WINSTON SALEM, NC

Hagen was a wonderful man, husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. His sparkle brightened a room. He had such a positive attitude and great faith. We are so blessed to have him as part of our family. We will truly miss him but know we will see him again.

Bobbie and Frank Stephens, Savannah, Georgia

I'm so sorry for your loss. Death is not something that was intended to be experienced by humans. The bible holds out a beautiful promise of a ressurection at John 5:28,29. We can see our loved ones again very soon. I hope this scripture brings you some comfort as it has done for me in the past when I experienced loss. Please visit jw.org for more comforting information on this subject and so much more.

Kelly, Pooler, Ga

Hagen B. Gillenwater passed away at the wonderful age of 94.  Born in Fort Blackmore, VA, March 1, 1924.  It was a miraculous birth, seems he was born in multiple locations.  First was a shack under 6 feet of snow, second was an abandoned railway boxcar, and third was a cave with hibernating bears.  The truth may never be known because Hagen was the last survivor of his siblings.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Zillah M. Gillenwater who loved him for 62 years.

Surviving are his second wife, Vera Stephens Gillenwater who gave him life and love for 8 years.  (Thank you, Lord, no children were produced); his first son, Garry B. (Nancy) Gillenwater; his second and favorite son, Randy L. (Susan Rahal) Gillenwater; four grandchildren, Corey (Melissa) Gillenwater, Brent Gillenwater, Meredith (Craig) Davis, and Clint Gillenwater; two great grandchildren, James and Luke Gillenwater.

Hagen graduated from the University of Tennessee with a B.S. in Entomology/Zoology with a passion for killing bugs.  He traveled the world for the Department of Agriculture developing and perfecting ways to fumigate grain ships.  He retired a most respected man.

Hagen was a member and deacon of Southside Baptist Church.  Knowing Hagen as my father, he was a true Christian and walked daily with the Lord Jesus Christ.  He is one man I can say was “The Real Deal”.

Hagen was blessed with the good life and is now in the loving arms of God.  If he could say one last thing, it would be, “If you could only see me now”.  Thanks, Dad, for being a teacher, for showing the love of God, for never failing extended arms, and an occasional knot on the head.

See you soon!

The funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.  Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Southside Baptist Church or Hospice Savannah, Inc.

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So sorry of your loss. I didn’t know him long, but it was obvious from the beginning that he was a Godly man. He & my husband shared their Sunday School class & he was always such an inspiration & joy. I know my husband who passed in August will now walk around heaven sharing together it’s beauty but oh the joys of just being in the presence of Jesus. What a day that was & how I look forward of joining them then they can show me the sights & sounds of the glorious joy of sharing that beauty & Jesus.. He was a dear man.

Patsy Dasher, Savannah , Ga

Mrs. Gillenwater, we are so sorry to hear about you and your family's loss. Believe it or not we were just out the Friday before trying to locate Mr. Gillenwater to visit with him. We weren't sure where he was. Again, we offer our deepest sympathies. Praying for you and your family. Would love to hear from you.

Michael and Michelle Ruffin , Port Wentworth , Ga.

Randy, Sending heartfelt condolences to you and your family. What a great gentleman. God is getting a good dose of his humor. Your gardening friend, Caroline H.

, ,

To the Family: My condolences to all of you. Death of a loved one is never an easy thing to go through. Just remember you are not alone. Isaiah 61:2, “... to comfort all who mourn”. God is right here to help you. Look forward with confidence to the fulfillment of the promises found at John 6:39,40; Acts 24:15. See also John 17:3

W.J., Petersburg , VA

Garry, Nancy, & Family: We are so sorry for your loss. You've certainly been blessed to have had such a wonderful, Christian father to love you and lead you through life. You are in our prayers. God bless you and keep you, Fred & Anne Brown

Fred & Anne Brown, Savannah, GA

I will remember the kind and smiling eyes that was always a feature on Hagen Gillenwaters face whenever I saw him. Growing up at Southside Baptist Church was a real blessing to my life because of the many Gidly examples set by the adults around us. MR. Gillenwater was a Deacon and long time church member who served along side my own father for many years. I know they are having great hugs and handshakes in heaven now while enjoying the fellowship of the saints in Christ. We can all rejoice in a life well lived. May it be so for us all.

Elaine Pierce, Savannah, GA

Garry, Randy & family - thoughts & prayers to all.

Steve Todd, Guyton , Ga

God gives us special friends for a lifetime. We have loved the Gillenwater family for 61 years and will miss Hagen so very much. We are praying for Randy and Gary and their families and are with you today in our hearts. .

James and Edna Baker, Hoschton, , Ga

Randy I’m so sorry to read of your dad’s death. I am praying for comfort for you and your family.

Debbie Hirsch, Savannah , Ga

So sorry to hear about the lost of your love one . may the (God ) of the heavens sustain you at this time of such great loss (2Cor.1:3). My thaughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Dorothy, Dacula,Ga,

Randy,Ralph and I want you to know we are praying for you and your family.Your father was a great man! You wrote an awesome obituary for him.There is so much comfort knowing he is with Jesus.Much love to you and Susan Carol Solomons

Carol Solomons, Savannah , Ga

So many good memories of our neighbors, Hagen and Zil. Hagen was a good man who had a twinkle in his eye. I miss them both. To the boys I send my love.

Joan Lambertson, Winston Salem, North Carolina

Gary and Randy how blessed you were to have such sweet parents. So sorry to hear about your father’s passing but he really is in a better place. He always met people with a smile and I never knew what he did but if he was a bug killer thar is my kind of man for sure. All that knew him will miss him.

Lynn Williams Brown, McDonough, Ga

Randy and Gillenwater family, please accept my deepest sympathy on the loss of your father. He certainly raised two exceptional sons. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. Angela Quante Forand

Angela Forand, Irmo, SC

To the family of MR. Gillenwater. So sorry to hear of your great loss. Not many of us can say we have a family member, who has lived, such a long life. At ( 1Corinthians 15:26) we are reassured, that the last enemy death, will be brought to nothing.

Belvey, Ridley Park, PA

Randy, I am so glad I got to know your sweet dad My sincere condolences for your loss.

Carol Downing, Savannah,

May God provide what the friends and family of Mr. Gillenwater need during this difficult time, and may they find comfort in the Bible's promises that soon, "all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out" (John 5:28, 29), and that "[God] will wipe out every tear from [our] eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore." (Revelation 21:3, 4). In fact, God 'will swallow up death forever, and He will wipe away the tears from all faces...for He himself has spoken it.' (Isaiah 25:8) We can also rest assured that, "the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our trials" will help us endure until he brings about these promises. (2 Corinthians 1:3, 4)

Paulaina, , CT

Not so sure about favorite son. After all I was first born. Randy was just an after thought in Mississippi. Dad was truly a "salt of the earth man". Wish I was more like him.

Gillenwater, Springfield, Ga

To the Family, so sorry for your loss. Hope you will be comforted in knowing that Hagen has the prospect of being resurrected, healthy (in the flesh), to Paradise Earth just as Jehovah God has promised. In fact , the vast majority will enjoy everlasting life right here on earth as God had intended from the beginning. God's Kingdom will do this under the rule of Jesus Christ. READ John 5:28, 29, Job 14:14, 15,Psalms 37:29,Matthew 6:9,10, Matthew 5:5 and Revelation 21:2-4 Go To: JW.ORG

DW, Spring, Texas

I'm very sorry for the loss of your dear loved one. Losing someone special brings tears and pain. Please know that God heals the brokenhearted, Psalm 147:3. May Revelation 21:4 comfort you

Kiki, ,

Wonderful neightbors across the street all during my childhood. Mr G was my "boyfriend" we use to giggle about that. Loved that man so sorry Randy and Gary for your loss. But I will always hold the memories in my heart of your dear family.

Kay Lambertson Shega, WINSTON SALEM, NC

Hagen was a wonderful man, husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. His sparkle brightened a room. He had such a positive attitude and great faith. We are so blessed to have him as part of our family. We will truly miss him but know we will see him again.

Bobbie and Frank Stephens, Savannah, Georgia

I'm so sorry for your loss. Death is not something that was intended to be experienced by humans. The bible holds out a beautiful promise of a ressurection at John 5:28,29. We can see our loved ones again very soon. I hope this scripture brings you some comfort as it has done for me in the past when I experienced loss. Please visit jw.org for more comforting information on this subject and so much more.

Kelly, Pooler, Ga


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