"She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her. Length of days [is} in her right hand; [and} in her left hand riches and honour." Proverbs 3: 15-16 KJV A Life Well-Lived
Gillian Lee McNair, known to her family and friends as Gillie, was born in Iron City, GA, on August 19, 1919 to parents Louanna Perry and Hosea Doston. She was an only child. Her mother died when she was two months old. She was raised in part by John and Minnie Lee Kirk and later by Cora and Ed Lawrence. She grew up in Port St. Joe, FL, where she was educated in the St. Joe School system and was a very good student. She later studied Clothing Construction under the tutelage of the late Mrs. Susie Cooper and received her Certificate of Completion in 1968.
She met and later married Damon McNair, Sr., on February 7, 1937. To that union 11 children were born. It lasted 56 years before Damon's death in 1992. She was a devoted wife, mother, and homemaker.
"Miss Gillie," as she was affectionately called by many, accepted Christ at an early age and united with New Bethel A.M.E. Church, where she was a long-time, active member. She loved gospel music and singing for the Lord; often times singing herself happy. She served for many years as President of the Minnie K. Weston Women's Missionary Society & New Bethel A.M.E. Senior Choir, a Stewardess and Class leader. However, her devoted service extended beyond the walls of New Bethel A.M.E as she was very active in city-wide events and community activities. Her repertoire included: Worship Director of West Florida African Methodist Episcopal Conference Branch Missionary Society-Member of lona Davis Area Missionary Society (Davis, Wood, Roulhac Area), Treasurer of Eastern Star, Sheba No. 13A, President & Vice-President of City Wide Choir, Vice-President of Jolly Seniors, Member of City Wide Mission Society, President of Port St. Joe Chapter-American Cancer Society, Member of Concerned Christian Society & Golden Angels, an advocate and charitable supporter of The American Red Cross, "Feed The Children," St. Joseph's Indian School, and Disabled American Veterans.
"Miss Gillie" was preceded in death by her husband, Damon McNair, Sr., two sons, Marshall (Mike) and Albert McNair, and grandson Joseph Patrick Quinn.
She leaves to cherish her memory, three sons, Dr. Clarence McNair (Janice) of Tampa, FL, Damon McNair, Jr. (Big Boy) of Port St. Joe, FL, Charles McNair (Sandra) of Tallahassee, FL; six daughters, Carol Hill and Paulette Beachum of Port St. Joe, FL, Gwendolyn Parker of Panama City, Lorene (Red) Tunstalle (Raymond) of Los Angeles, CA, Patricia Walker (Willie Joe) of Apalachicola, FL, and Cora Curtis (Tommy) of Orlando, FL; special brothers- and sisters-in-law Willie James and Marian McNair (Bill and Beck) of Port St. Joe, FL, Mercedes Dickson of Washington, D.C., Mildred Dickson of Virginia, Ruth McNair of Tampa, FL, and Bessie McNair of Los Angeles, CA; and, our "seventh sister" Helen Hamilton; 28 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren, 14 great-great-grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, many cousins, other relatives and friends.
All services are under the direction of the Comforter Funeral Home.