Willie James Gilmore, who retired from Transportation as a Traffic Painter and Sign Poster in 2010 after 38 years of City service, has died. He was 72.
Willie was born Aug. 16, 1947 in Jackson, Miss. He was the youngest son of James M. Gilmore and Nettie B. Pigg. His family moved to Los Angeles when Willie was young.
He completed high school at Jefferson High School and then joined the Army. He married JoAnn Gilmore in 1970. They had two daughters – JoAnn Shontell Gilmore and Rachanda Gilmore.
Willie, a Club Member, is survived by his ex-wife JoAnn Gilmore; daughters JoAnn S. Gilmore and Rachada Gilmore; Melinda Rogers; and grandchildren Curtis Rogers, Brittany Rogers and many cousins and friends.
Willie received a military presentation at the Riverside National Cemetery.
Willie loved his LADOT hats and was very proud of all his grandchildren and supported his grandson (Justin C. Gilmore-Grisham), who attended USC and was part of the world-famous USC marching band.
May he rest in peace.
Alive! thanks Willie’s daughter, JoAnne Shontell Gilmore, for her assistance.