William Matthew Gillen, Jr., 74, passed away Saturday, July 5, 2014 at his home in Mexico Beach, FL. Billy was born November 22, 1939 to the late William Matthew Gillen, Sr. and Martha Faust Gillen in Lexington, GA. He was the 2nd of 5 children.
Billy owned and operated Mulberry Farms in Gainesville, GA since 1981, where he managed for more than 33 years. Billy loved to spend time with family and friends. "Captain Billy" loved to fish, go boating and enjoyed his UGA Bulldogs.
He is survived by his wife, KW Gillen; children, Martha, Bill, Sheila, Ron; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
A celebration of life will be conducted at 5 p.m. EST on Saturday, July 12, 2014 at Hotel Indigo 500 College Avenue Athens, GA 30601.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association P.O. Box 13006 Mexico Beach, FL 32410 in the memory of Captain Billy Gillen for the "Brown Water Hole".
Southerland Family Funeral Home
100 East 19th Street
Panama City, FL 32405