Levis L. Gilstrap, Sr.


Levis Leon Gilstrap, Sr., 94, of Greenville, husband of the late Alice Williams Gilstrap, died June 26, 2014.

Born in Easley, Levis was a son of the late James Attaway and Venna Ree Mitchell Gilstrap.

Levis was an active member of White Oak Baptist Church, where he was a Deacon, Trustee, Sunday School Superintendent and teacher.
Levis was the original owner and operator of Hillcrest Food Market and Levis L. Gilstrap Real Estate. He was awarded the Order of the Palmetto in 1993. He served as S.C. Residential Home Builders Commissioner for 28 years. He was also a past President of the Greenville Home Builders Association, The Board of Realtors and Civitan Club.

Surviving are his two daughters, Loretta Robinson and Regina Smith and her husband Milton, all of Anderson; two sons, Levis L. “Chip” Gilstrap, Jr. and his wife Julie of Greenville and Scott T. Mann and his wife Julie of Easley; nine grandchildren, Wendy Clarke, Kelly Howard, Zach and Jake Smith, Brittany George, JA and Kade Gilstrap and Madison and Ashleigh Mann; three great-grandchildren, Hayden and Venna Shay Clarke and Everett George. He is preceded in death by his daughter, Venna Ann Howard.

Funeral services will be held Monday, June 30, 2014 at 11 am at White Oak Baptist Church with Rev. Chris Barnes officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

The family sends a special thank-you to Open Arms Hospice and Levis’ caregivers, Traci, Betty, Stuart, Magina and Mercedes.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to White Oak Baptist Church, 1805 Wade Hampton Blvd., Greenville, SC 29609 or to Meals on Wheels, 15 Oregon St., Greenville, SC 29605.

Arrangements by The Mackey Mortuary