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Celebrating the life of

Patricia Ann Thamm Gillikin

July 05, 1935 - February 09, 2024

Patricia Ann Thamm Gillikin

Patricia Ann Thamm Gillikin, 88, passed away peacefully Friday, February 9, 2024, following an extended illness. She was born in Port Wentworth, Ga and was the daughter of Mercedes Mary  Edgerly and Otto Thamm Jr. and step daughter of Jerome Rogers “Pop” Templeton.

Affectionately known as "Patty," she was a wonderful sister, wife, mother, Aunt, mother-in-law, sister-in-law, friend and neighbor and will be incredibly missed by any and all that had the pleasure of meeting and knowing her. She adored her family and friends and always made sure they were well cared for and loved. Her family home in Garden City was the playground of the neighborhood for all the children who grew up in the area and she was a mother to so many just as all of our families were with each other. She attended Cathedral Day elementary school, Saint Vincent’s Academy High School and was cheerleader for Benedictine Military School where she met the love of her life, Roy C. Gillikin. They married in 1954 and resided in Port Wentworth, GA before eventually moving to Garden City, GA. Her childhood was spent growing up on the old Savannah Sugar refinery road in the village along with 70 other Cajun families from Louisianna  one of which was her grandfather, William Louis Edgerly who was tasked with building the Sugar Refinery which became Dixie Crystals Sugar. She grew up there with her lifelong friends Donnie J. Barras, Carole Bercegeay Barras, Roxie Barras Bryant, Barbara Barras Colson and Alan Marks.

A faithful Roman Catholic, Patty attended Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Parish where she was married and served various roles in the church including Communion Minister in which she, along with her husband Roy delivered communion to various nursing homes. She was honored with various awards for her service particularly the prestigious Bishop Gartland Service award for lifetime service to the Catholic Diocese of Savannah as well as the Michael A. Finocchairo award and the Benedictine Medal of Excellence.

She worked in the accounting office at Union Bag for 11 years and cafeteria Superintendent for the Cathedral Day school (23 years) and Benedictine (26 years). She loved life and enjoyed dancing, traveling, camping, football and theater among many other things. Some of her fondest memories were Myrtle Beach summers with the Donnie Barras and Richard Bryan families.

Patty was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Roy C. Gillikin and two children, Roy Michael Gillikin and Rex Jerome Gillikin. She is survived by her younger brothers Jerry Templeton (Susan) and Rex Templeton Sr. (Beverly) as well as her children, Michelle, Roy A. “Buddy” (Jodi), Dennis (Louis) and grand-dog Zeke.

Visitation from 5-6:30pm and Rosary will be held starting at 6:30-7pm  Friday, February 23 at Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, 7200 Hodgson Memorial Drive.  A Mass of Christian Burial for both Roy and Patty Gillikin is planned for 10am March 1st at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Port Wentworth, GA.

Patty loved flowers and the family invites remembrances for Hospice Savannah, Saint Vincent’s Academy, Benedictine Military School and Our Lady of Lourdes Church.



Sending peace, comfort and love to Michelle, Buddie, Dennis and all the family, Zeke too. May perpetual light shine upon you my friend Patty Gillikin, a special Soul; Patty gave unconditional Love to all. Julia B

- Julia C.Bremer, Thunderbolt , Georgia

A candle has been lit!

So sorry for your loss.

- Cheryl Clay, Tybee Island, Ga

Patty and Roy were wonderful neighbors and friends. It was always so much joy to see them working at the different functions at OLOL church. They gave us all so many special memories over the years. It is such a blessing to know they are once again together in heaven with our Lord. May they both rest in peace. Michelle, Buddy, and Dennis my prayers are with you all during this time.

- Kathy Casey, Garden City, GA

Ms Patty Thanks for all the Mytle Beach memories! May you RIP with Mr Roy and Rex… Buddy Michelle and Dennis We are so sorry for your loss

- Eddie and Kim(Bryan) Jaudon, Guyton, Ga

Ms. Patty you were like a 2nd mom to all of us camping in Myrtle Beach every summer along with the Barras family and we will forever cherish those great memories. We so loved you and your sweet family, you will be missed . Praying for Buddy, Michelle and Dennis and your entire family

- Rhonda Bryan Moore , Guyton, Ga

Going to miss Patty. Always apologizing for what I don’t know. Always helping someone that needed help. Don’t see this anymore. Kind hearted the best of the best.

- O c welch III, Savannah, Ga

I don't remember my life without Patty being in it. So many happy and sad memories. She was a very loving and giving person who knew no strangers. Everyone was welcome at her table. Fly with the angels, Patty. Roy is waiting for you! Love you always. Roxie

- Roxie Bryant, Savannah, GA

A true Saint and extra “Mother” to all of us Bryant kids growing up. The Gillikins’are family to us and we will sorely miss Mrs Patty’s hearty laugh’s, generous heart and warm hugs. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Michelle, Buddy and Dennis. Chris and Melanie

- Chris Bryant, Charlotte , NC

Patty was one of the sweetest people I have ever known. She epitomized kindness in ever sense of the word. My sincerest condolences to her family.

- Gail Hall & Family , Garden City , Ga

I remember Mrs. Gilligan from Cathedral Day. I was in Buddy's class. She was such a lovely person and so sweet to us. Deepest condolences to you and your family.

- Catherine Dunn Kostilnik, Savannah, GA, GA

Always kind. A schoolmate of my mom. She loved to talk about the days they did this and that. I shall miss her. Regards and prayers to all the family.

- Ann Pinckney, Savannah, Ga

Patty Gillikin was well loved by every single person who knew her. She treated every one of her children's friends like her own. She was the Momma we all wanted and wished we would have had. She was fun, loving and truly cared about every single person she knew. She and her husband Roy always involved their children's friends on family vacations and big events. They always treated us like family. I will never forget her beautiful smile, her infectious laugh and her giving spirit. My love to you Michelle and Buddy and Dennis... I know your hearts are broken as are ours. We will all miss Patty and will forever treasure her memory.

- Renee DeRossett, Tybee Island, Ga

As close friends of Dennis we feel as if we knew Patty. Our prayers are with Dennis, Louis and the family.

- Russell and Susan Kincer, Atlanta, Ga

Mrs Patty was all Heart and Soul! She could light up any dark room with her laugh. She was such a giving person. My heart goes out to Michelle and Buddy. We spent many years together with our parents who were the best role models. Mrs Patty was a perfect example of a wonderful wife, mother and friend. ❤️

- Kelli Ann Porzio, Johns Island, SC

Sending prayers to the family. Will miss her very much love the LoCost family.

- Crystal Harmon, Savannah, GA

Mrs. Patty was a wonderful, sweet woman. I enjoyed the stories she told me about my dad at Cathedral Day School. Prayers to Rex, Dennis and all the family.

- Kevin Sheehan , Savannah, Ga

May the angels lead her into Paradise.

- Fr. Michael Kavanaugh , Savannah, Ga

I love you and will miss you Aunt Patty!! I am so blessed to have had you in my life. Chris

- Chris Templeton, Savannah, GA

To the Gillikin family: Deepest sympathy on the death of Patty. May she rest in peace.

- Marie Green Bryant, Savannah, GA

Michele, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family on the loss of your Mom. I have great memories of her at SVA.

- Anne Marie B Byerly, Kansas City, MO

A candle has been lit!

Patty was such a very special and loving Lady! We will truly miss you, but know God has wrapped you in His Loving Arms and guided you Home to be reunited with Roy, the love of your life. Michelle, Dennis and Buddy - praying God Bless you with strength and peace as you grieve. Love, Bubba & Diane Sumerlin

- Diane Sumerlin, Sylvania, GA

Michelle, Buddy, and Family, God's peace and consolations to you on Mother's passing. I remember her well and enjoyed singing in the choir with her many years ago. I will remember her, your Dad, and all of you at Mass and in my daily prayers....Requiescat in pace. In God's love, Steve Kujawa

- Steve Kujawa, Houston, TX

May the Lord bless you all, Michelle and Zeke , Buddy(Jody), Dennis (Louis). I know that Patty is out of pain, at peace , and reunited with Roy. I always had a great time with Patty and I remember her and Roy setting up for St. Patrick’s Day for years! Patty always treated her children’s friends with love, as if they were her own. I know your hearts are breaking now, but Patty and Roy are in God’s loving hands now. I love you all!

- Marilyn Tuten. ‘’ Tootie”, Tybee Island, GA

To the Family of Patty, I send my deepest sympathy and condolences for her loss. Such a lovely lady that I was blessed to have known, sharing such joy serving lunch together at Benedictine. May God comfort you now and in the time ahead.

- Carolyn Sheehan , Tybee Island , GA

Dear Friends

- Forbes, Savannah, GA

Michelle,Buddy and my brotha Dennis I thought I could do this but the tears are messing my phone up. Y’all know what your beautiful Mother (Tiny Hiney) meant to me . I know I’m gonna miss that laugh and her asking me every time I saw her how David Jr and Kinsey Ann were doing . She loved our family and y’all know we love yours. I’m only a phone call away. Love y’all David Sr Mrs Pattys other son

- David Barras Sr, Pooler, Ga

Michelle, Buddy and Dennis, I am sorry for loss. Your mom was a very special person. She touched so many people lives in so many different ways!

- Josephine Cooper, Savannah, GA

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel

  • Memorial Mass
  • 10:00 AM on Fri, March 01, 2024
  • Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church
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