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July 24, 2003
A 102-year-old Marshall Association retired pastor died July 9, leaving behind a legacy of thousands baptized.
Jessee Gilliland of Boaz was a member of First Baptist Church, Douglas. Prior to that, he was pastor of the church 1970-1980. During his time as pastor at First, Douglas, Gilliland built a pond in his yard in order ot baptize new Christians.
According to his daughter, Jesca Gilliland of Boaz, Jessee Gilliland baptized more than 1,000 people in the pond during his lifetime.
Gilliland is survived by his wife, Willene, and his daughter.