Dotty Gravenmier


Personal and Family Information

Dotty was born about 1945 in Arkansas, the daughter of Melvin Roy Gravenmier and Dorothy Lorene Reiff.

She died on 8 Apr 2009 in Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas.

Pedigree Chart (3 generations)


Dotty Gravenmier


Melvin Roy Gravenmier


Melvin Walter Gravenmier


Harmon Gravenmier


Susannah Ellis


Edith Ellen Franks


John H Franks


Mary I Fulkerson


Dorothy Lorene Reiff



BirthABT 1945
Place: Arkansas
Death8 APR 2009
Place: Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas
Place: Salem Cemetery
Address: Salem Cemetery , East End Saline County, Arkansas Find A Grave Memorial# 38774720


Note 1

Dorothy "Dottye" Gravenmier Gillis

Find A Grave Memorial# 38774720

Birth:  May 22, 1945 East End, Saline County Arkansas, USA

Death: Apr. 8, 2009 Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas, USA

Dottye Gillis, age 63, of Sheridan passed away Wednesday, April 8, 2009 at St. Vincent's Infirmary in Little Rock. She was born May 22, 1945 in East End, Arkansas, a daughter of the late Melvin and Dorothy Reiff Gravenmier. Dottye graduated from Sheridan High School in 1963. Following high school, she became employed at Timex while attending cosmetology school. On July 3, 1965 Dottye married Jerry Gillis in East End, She worked as a hairdresser in Sheridan until the family moved to California and then on to Pennsylvania. The family returned where they resided in Jacksonville during the mid 1970's. She became a member of Chapel Hill Baptist Church in Jacksonville. Though Dottye kept her cosmetology license, her passion was in floral design. She worked as a master designer for two florists in Jacksonville for over 10 years. Dottye also worked as an Inventory Specialist with RGIS before retiring in the mid 1990's. Following Jerry's retirement in 2006, they returned to Sheridan. Dottye was an active member and past president of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Post 1 in Little Rock. She was also a member of the Auxiliary 8 and 40 groups. During her retirement years, Dottye enjoyed visits to Branson and spending time with her children and grandchildren. She will be remembered as a kind and generous person who was always willing to help out and to give her time to help the Veterans of Arkansas. She was so proud to be an American. Dottye's favorite song was "Proud to be an American" by Lee Greenwood. She will be greatly missed. Dottye was preceded in death by her husband on February 18, 2007, after 41 years if marriage.

She is survived by two daughters and a son in law, Pamela Gillis of Sheridan, Dana and Robbie Johnson of Cabot; two brothers and a sister in law, Terry and Suzy Gravenmier of Nashville, Tennessee, Bill Gravenmier of Hensley; two brothers in law and sisters in law, Wayne and Kay Gillis of Sheridan, Ronnie and Jane Gillis, both of Sheridan; aunt, Billie (David) Murphy of Little Rock; three grandchildren, Casey Johnson, Delaina Johnson, Christianna Johnson Littell; two great grandchildren, Matthew and Andrea Littell.

Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, April 11, 2009 at Buie Funeral Chapel in Sheridan with Brother Tim McMinn officiating. Burial will follow at Salem Cemetery in East End. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Friday, April 10, 2009 at the funeral home. Please sign the online guestbook at Arrangements are under the direction of Buie Funeral Home of Sheridan. 


Family links: 


  Melvin Roy Gravenmier (1916 - 1997)

  Dorothy Reiff Gravenmier (1921 - 2005)



  Jerry Lynn Gillis (1941 - 2007)


Burial: Salem Cemetery East End, Saline County, Arkansas, USA