Gilly, Lionel Emile

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January 14, 1919 - February 20, 2018

Gilly, Lionel Emile

LIONEL EMILE GILLY was born on January 14, 1919, in Bogalusa, Louisiana, to EDNA BEARD GILLY and EMILE J. GILLY and passed away on February 20, 2018, in Dallas, Texas. He is survived by his wife of seventy-one years, Phyllis Hawkins Gilly, and daughters Martha Sue Gilly, and her husband Jack D. Teague Jr of Dallas, Texas, Ruth Gilly Kenyan of Houston, Texas, and daughter Mary Gilly Graham, and her husband John Graham of Irvine, California, five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Mr. Gilly moved to Dallas in 1932 after the death his father and his mother married Robert F. Wells. He graduated from Highland Park High School in 1936 and obtained a BS degree in Commerce from the SMU Business School in 1939. He entered to U.S. Navy at the start of World War II and served four years until the end of the war. His ship was based on the east side of Okinawa when the atomic bombs were dropped on Japan and the war ended. He was honorably discharged from the service at the end of 1945 as a Lieutenant SG.

He obtained a certificate as a certified public accountant in 1946 and a Law degree (LLB) from the SMU Law School in 1949. While attending the law school, he taught in the SMU School of Business Administration. He also obtained an LLM degree from the SMU Law School in 1952.

Mr. Gilly practiced law and accounting in the Meadows Building, Dallas, for 30 years specializing in oil and gas law, wills, trusts, and estates, taxation and business organizations until he retired in the year 2000.

Mr. Gilly was a member of Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church (Elder), Texas State Bar, American Bar Association, Texas Society of CPAs, Dallas Society of Petroleum Accountants, American Institute of CPAs, Hillcrest Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite Society and Hella Shrine Temple.

A memorial service will be held for Mr. Gilly on March 14, 2018, at 11:00 AM in the chapel of Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church, 9800 Preston Road, Dallas, Texas with inurnment in the Church’s columbarium.

In lieu of flowers the Gilly family requests donations to the church.

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Beverly Hawkins

March 01, 2018 9:07PM

I don't think I have a memory of Lionel that doesn't include that wonderful, gentle smile. I didn't spend that much time with him, but all that I did I looked forward to and remember fondly. I'm glad to have known Lionel Gilly.

Helen Handley

February 23, 2018 11:35AM

Uncle Lionel was the best! He was a quiet, gentle man. When my daughter was around9 or so, she met Uncle Lionel and from then on he was the little old man with the white hair. She thought he was cool. He will be greatly missed not only by his family but by all who knew him!

Phyllis Zwarich

February 23, 2018 11:23AM

I was proud to know such a great man. He finally got to go home and we will all see him again one day. May God grant you all comfort and peace in this passing.

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