Perry E. Gillum


Bishop Perry E. Gillum. D.D., 85, a resident of Cleveland, passed away December 25, 2018, in Clermont, Florida. 

He was born in Allen, Oklahoma, and he was the son of the late Ruby M. Borden Gillum and Perry J. Gillum. 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn Gillum; his daughter, Genise Dotson; his sister, Beverly Smith; his brothers: Bill Gillum, Delbert Gillum, Donald Gillum, Ron Gillum; and his stepmother, Corrine Gillum.

Bishop Gillum was a U. S. Army veteran.  He received his bachelor's degree from Tomlinson College and his doctorate from Beacon University.  He served 60 years with the Church of God of Prophecy, traveling to 123 countries.  He served on many church boards. 

A resident of Cleveland since 1964, he was well-known in the community and he served on many community boards and foundations.  He touched countless people within his ministry and his community.  He was considered a mentor to many people. 

Bishop Gillum loved the water including boating, water skiing, swimming and tubing.  He attended the Peerless Road Church of God of Prophecy. 
 Survivors include his son, Scott Gillum and his wife, Brenda, of Clermont, Florida; his grandchildren: Brittany Hagy and her husband. Jay,  Pierce Gillum, D.O., Ashley Dotson and Zachary Dotson; his great-grandchildren: Brielle Hagy and Jax Hagy, his son-in-law, Joe Dotson of Ooltewah; and several nieces and nephews.
The Celebration of Life service will be conducted Friday, January 4, 2019, at 10 a.m.,  at the Peerless Road Church of God of Prophecy with Bishop Sam Clements, Bishop Tim Coalter, Dr. Billy Wilson, Dr. Lamar Vest, Scott Gillum and Pastor Adam Jones officiating. 

Graveside service and interment will be conducted at 1:30  p.m. Friday  at the Chattanooga National Cemetery with Bishop Wayne Pense and Bishop Duke Stone officiating. Ron Barker, Steve Gilmer,  Joe Parker, Brian Sutton, Dwight Richardson and John Payne will serve as casket bearers. Honorary casket bearers will be  Greg Cooley, Ken Lyle, Adrian Varlack. Military honors will be given. 

The family will receive friends from 4 to 8 p.m. today  at the Peerless Road Church of God of Prophecy. 

The Jim Rush Funeral and Cremation Services North Ocoee Chapel has charge of the arrangements. 

You may share your condolences and your memories with the Gillum family at


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