Floyd Jefferson Gilliland III

Kona Marathon

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By: Ashley Gilliland

My father was the greatest father in the WHOLE WORLD. I am honored to call Floyd Jefferson Gilliland lll my dad. Of the many things that made him special, at the top of the list was his personality, his dedication, being a positive role model and never giving up.

My father was a charmer - a ladies man I guess you would say - but he had more respect for others than anyone I’ve ever met. He Loved fishing, camping and sitting by the fire whether it was inside or outdoors. He took great pride in knowing he was hard working and never relied on others to provide for him. He started working when he was a teen and when he got older, he became a water well driller and worked at the same company for almost 40 years. 

My father was diagnosed with stage four lung and pancreas cancer in December 2019 and he passed away February 13, 2019. Henever gave up and never stopped smiling. I dedicate this race to him!


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