Cover photo for Carl Early Gillespie, Jr.'s Obituary
Carl Early Gillespie, Jr. Profile Photo
1939 Carl 2022

Carl Early Gillespie, Jr.

May 16, 1939 — October 26, 2022

Independence, Missouri


Carl Early Gillespie, Jr., 83 of Independence, MO formerly of Lexington, MO passed away on Wednesday, October 26, 2022, at home.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, November 1, 2022, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Walker-Nadler-Fuller Funeral Home. Memorials are suggested to Wayside Waifs, 3901 Martha Truman Road, Kansas City, MO 64137. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Walker-Nadler-Fuller Funeral Home, 1720 S. St., Lexington, MO 64067, 660-259-2245.

Carl was born on May 16, 1939, in Independence, MO to Carl Early Gillespie, Sr. and Mildred Lorene (O’Dell) Gillespie. He graduated in 1957 from William Chrisman High School in Independence, MO and attended UMKC. He retired from the Metropolitan Community Colleges as a facilities assistant.

An avid history buff, Carl was involved in the historical societies in both Lexington, MO and Oak Grove, MO. He was an avid reader and collector of books – an addiction he passed to new generations. He knew how to tell a great story - his poetry and prose could bring a tear to your eye or a full belly laugh. It didn’t matter if you were friend or foe, when he was feeling mischievous, which he often was, you would find yourself the unsuspecting victim of one of his well-planned pranks. Carl was a crazy cat gentleman – he loved his cats almost as much as he hated Trump. As a supporter of civil rights, Carl was a lifelong Democrat and ally of humanitarian causes – such as his involvement with Sertoma International.

Carl is survived by a brother, Kenneth W. Gillespie who was also born in Independence, MO; two nieces, Kathy Niemeyer of Austin, TX and Brigette Gillespie of Atlanta, GA; a nephew, Kenneth S. Gillespie of Los Angeles, CA; and his beloved cats, Romeo and Juliet.

Carl was preceded in death by his parents.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Carl Early Gillespie, Jr., please visit our flower store.

Service Schedule

Past Services


Tuesday, November 1, 2022

6:00 - 8:00 pm (Central time)

Walker-Nadler-Fuller Funeral Home

1720 South Street, Lexington, MO 64067

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.


Visits: 358

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the
Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Service map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

Send Flowers

Send Flowers

Plant A Tree

Plant A Tree