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Service for Gilley family set for Friday

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A service to honor the memory of the Gilley family of China Grove will be held on Friday on the campus of Catawba College in Salisbury.

Carl David Gilley, 48, Christine Tara Warden Gilley, 42, daughter Grace Margaret Gilley, 13, and son Jack Nathanael Gilley, 10, were all killed in a traffic accident in West Virginia last Thursday.

The family was traveling to Ohio to visit family when their car was struck by a tractor-trailer that had crossed the median on I-77 near Camp Creek.

 According to the obituary, David Gilley was born on November 2, 1968 in Shields Township, Lake County, Illinois. He graduated from University of North Florida with a degree in Biology.

Christine was born on December 1, 1974 in Alexandria, VA. She graduated from Mary Washington with a degree in Business Administration and Accounting. They married on September 22, 2002.

David and Christine were devout Christians and were loved by their community, according to the obituary.  

David worked for TIAA Investment Firm as a Senior Project Manager. Christine worked as a Senior Manager for Accenture. Christine was an avid Crossfitter and had been a member at Crossfit Vitality for several years.

Grace Gilley was a seventh grader at Salisbury Academy. She had a beautiful voice and loved to sing. She loved art, acting, directing and making her own home movies. She ran track and swam on Splash swim team. She loved her little brother, Jack. Her smile would light up any room and her heart was full of the true definition of grace.

Salisbury Academy released this statement Saturday morning:

"It is with deep sorrow that Salisbury Academy mourns the loss of the Gilley Family – Dave, Christine, Jack and Grace.

Grace, a seventh-grader at Salisbury Academy, was a light-filled spirit and epitomized every aspect of true grace. She was a friend to all of her classmates, beloved by faculty, and had a tremendous heart. She was beautiful inside and out.

Words are not adequate to express the loss of Grace and her family. Our prayers of sympathy, love and support go out to all who knew and loved them."  

Jack Gilley was a fourth grader at Bostian Elementary School. He was the class president at his school and was fun-loving, precious, and smart. He loved his big sister, Grace. He loved to make people laugh and was kind to all. He loved to swim and swam on Sailfish Aquatics team as well as Splash Swim team.

Rowan-Salisbury Schools also released a statement on behalf on Jack Gilley:

"It is with great sadness that Rowan-Salisbury Schools learned that one our Bostian Elementary fourth-grade students, Jack Gilley, was involved in an accident that took the lives of his entire family.

This is an unexpected and deep loss for the Bostian family and for all of Rowan-Salisbury Schools. Our district’s crisis intervention team is available for students, staff and families, and they will be continue to be available when students and teachers return from Spring Break on April 24. The team will provide support for as long as needed.

Jack is remembered as a smart, fun loving, full of life, Harry Potter-loving student. He was a leader, a role model, a jokester, and a friend.  

We ask everyone to keep the Gilley family and our students and staff in your thoughts and prayers.

We are grateful for the strong support of parents, students, teachers, staff and our community."

A memorial service is scheduled for Friday, 3 p.m. at the Omwake-Dearborn Chapel at Catawba College.

All are welcome to attend and celebrate David, Christine, Grace, and Jack Gilley's lives. There will be a light reception for family to follow in the Crystal Lounge on the Catawba campus.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be sent to Concord Church of Christ at 4595 Poplar Tent Rd, Concord, NC 28027 or electronically at

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