Luther Gilkey passed away following a short illness at 3:43 a.m. on Friday, June 20, 2014, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn.
Luther was born on Jan. 22, 1943, in Caldwell County to Luther Marion Gilkey and Marlzie Mitchell Gilkey.
He was a retired farmer and construction worker. He was a member of Cross Roads Christian Church.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brother George Edward Gilkey and two sons, Roger and Greg Gilkey.
He is survived by his wife, Donra Newsom Gilkey of Princeton; brother Jimmie Dale Gilkey of Caldwell County; three sisters, Bettie Scott of Chattanooga, Tenn., Marion Cavanah of Caldwell County and Glenda Mallory of Thomasville N.C.; son Keith Gilkey (and wife Lee Anne) of Princeton; and two grandchildren, Meg Gilkey and Chris Gilkey.