Willie Alfonso Gilmore was born in Washington, DC, on October 16, 1951 to Willie J. Gilmore and Lula Garnes. He attended DC public schools. He graduated from Frank W. Ballou, Sr. High School in June 1971. On July 9th, 1977, he married his high school sweetheart Adraine Elaine Butler (Gilmore) and from this union, were three son’s; Marcus Alfonso Gilmore, Myron James Gilmore, and Michael Anthony Gilmore. In 1985, Gil and Adraine became proud foster parents of Elaine, Michelle, Clarence, and Ruth Alston and Emanuel Taylor.
He was employed with the American Petroleum Institute (Headquarters) located in Washington, DC from 1974-1984. In 1985, he became employed with the United States Postal Service (Headquarters) located in Washington, DC, until March, 2002. Gil loved to paint. He started his own business (Gil’s Painting Service) in 2003 until his death.
He became an active member of the “Harley Riders” motorcycle club and later road with the “East Worriers” motorcycle club. He loved his Harley and loved to ride. He was always willing to go out of his way to help his family, friends, and people he didn’t even know. He was just that kind of guy.
He accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at Free Gospel Church of Christ in 1986. He departed this life on January 25, 2011, after a 4 year bout with Colon Cancer.
He leaves to cherish his memory: his wife, Adraine E. Gilmore; his father, Willie J. Gilmore; mother, Lula Garnes; 3 sons, Marcus, Myron and Michael Gilmore; his foster children: Elaine, Michelle, Clarence, and Ruth Alston, and Emanuel Taylor; 2 sisters, Fredericka Felder of Vineland, New Jersey, Jannie Oglesby of Waldorf, Maryland; 1 brother, Theodore J. Gilmore of Fairfax, Virginia; 2 brother-n-laws, Durley Felder and Marshall Oglesby; 1 sister–n-law, Lynna Gilmore; 20 grand children, 2 aunts; 1 uncle; three nieces; 1 nephew, and a host of other relatives and close friends.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, February 1, 2011 from 9:30 am until time of service11 am at Spirit of Faith Christian Center 14107 Gibbons Church Rd Brandywine, MD. Interment Resurrection Cemetery in Clinton, MD.