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Lt. Dale H. “Smiley” Gilmore, 59 of LaGrange, formerly of West Point died Saturday, May 14, 2011, at Hospice LaGrange.

Lt. Gilmore was born on Wednesday, June 27, 1951, in West Point, Georgia the son of the late Christian Gunn and Herren James Gilmore. He graduated from Lanett High School and had an associate degree in criminal justice. Lt. Gilmore served the as a police officer with the city of West Point leaving due to ill health after 19 years and 10 months of service. He had worked for the city utility department before becoming a police officer. Lt. Gilmore served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. He was a member of the Peace Officers Annuity and Benefit Fund and an avid Alabama and Atlanta Braves fan.

Survivors include his wife Jenny Gilmore of LaGrange; one daughter, Sunnie Mallory of Statham, Georgia.

Funeral services for Lt. Dale H. “Smiley” Gilmore will be held Tuesday, May 17, 2011, at 2:00 PM EDT from the graveside in Marseilles Cemetery. Reverend Mark McGee and Reverend Theodore R. Book, SLL will officiate. The family will greet friends Monday evening from 6:00 PM EDT until 8:00 PM EDT at McCarthy Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Chattahoochee Hospice, 6 Medical Park North, Valley, Alabama, 36854 or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Drive, Memphis, Tennessee, 38105.                                   

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December 10, 2011
Eddie & Toni Carter - Friend wrote at
2011-05-15 19:31:53So sorry to hear of Smiley's passing. He was a good friend when we were growing up and we will surely miss him. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Steve & Kathy Cotney wrote at
2011-05-16 19:04:09We will always remember Smiley's face and personality. He was always fun and made you comfortable to be around. We have nothing but good memories and thoughts of him. Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughter. Friend wrote at
2011-05-16 22:59:29Mr. Dale was very loved, and will be missed by all that knew him, our hearts go out to his sweet daughter (Sunnie) & grandson(Jeremy). We will cherish those memories we hold deep. Thank you Lord for lending us Dale.Will miss you friend. Lisa Chandler Wade- Long time friend wrote at
2011-05-17 06:32:21Smiley was such a good nickname. My faithful friend.Dale (Smiley) always made one feel comfortable and cared about. He loved wholeheartedly. My thoughts and prayers are with Jenny, Sunnie, and Jeremy. He loved you all so very much. The lives he touched were forever changed by his love and kindness. Missed but never forgotten. Thank you Dale for your love and friendship of many years. Forrest and Betsy Ford wrote at
2011-05-17 18:11:34Jenny and Sunni please know we are thinking and praying for you. May God's comfort surround you now and in the weeks ahead. Ronald Gunn, Cousin wrote at
2011-06-10 00:02:14Jenny and Sunni I am so sorry I just found out today about Dale's death. I do hope the two of you are doing good. My thoughts and prayers continue to be with you! Booth McKeown wrote at
2011-06-19 12:23:41Jenny I was so sorry to hear of Dale's death. I hope you find solace in knowing w Brenda Siggers Amon - Friend lit a candle at
2011-05-16 10:20:38May you rest in peace. No more pain, no more sorrow. You will be missed by many. Friend lit a candle at
2011-05-17 01:13:45Rest in peace beloved God has carried you home no more pain will you feel, we are sadden but we hold hope that we will see you again. Precious were the days we spent together. Cherished are our memories of you. WP105 we love you always & forever. Friend lit a candle at
2011-05-17 06:38:53I'll never forget the friend you have been to me. Your laughter, SMILES and hugs when things were hard. A good listener. Thank you God for allowing Dale to touch my life. I am Blessed having knew you Dale. hat a good man he was and what a positive impact he had on so many people.


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