Tommy Scott Gilmore III February 12, 1948 - October 8, 2019

Tommy Scott Gilmore III, 71, of Asheville passed away on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at the Elizabeth House following a brief illness.  He was the son of the late Thomas Benjamin Harrison Gilmore and the late Aurora Ampudia Gilmore Gehres.  In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his step-father, Joe Gehres.

Tommy got his undergraduate degree from Taylor University in Upland, Indiana and found his way to the mountains of Asheville by attending a football camp at Blue Ridge Assembly.  This is also where he accepted Christ and began his journey of sharing his faith with others. Tommy worked at AC Reynolds High School as a teacher, football coach and led the FCA.  While teaching at Reynolds Tommy began Rolling Vibrations, a bicycling ministry that took students across the US and abroad by bike.  Following his calling he then graduated with a Master’s Degree from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary and served as an Associate Pastor at First Baptist Asheville, Crossroads Fellowship in Raleigh and the Ridgecrest Conference Center in Black Mountain. He also served churches in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, Spartanburg, SC, Conway, Arkansas, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Tallahassee and Boca Raton, Florida and Virginia.  In his spare time he enjoyed writing, landscaping, sports and playing with the dogs.

Surviving to cherish his memory is his loving wife of 40 years, Sandra Gault Gilmore; three daughters, Lindsey Gilmore Davis, Brittany Gilmore McIntosh (Brian) and Meghan Gilmore; two granddaughters, Sara Grace and Victoria Davis; and a sister, Tammy Gilmore Brimlow (Jerry).

Services will be announced.

In lieu of flowers please make a contribution to the charity of your choice in Tommy’s memory.


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  1. Timothy Brown says

    So sorry to hear about Tommy’s passing. He was a man of God who truly loved reaching out to the broken and the lost. I had the opportunity of meeting him at Arden First Baptist. He will be deeply missed on this side of eternity by many.

  2. Craig Hurt says

    Tommy was a wonderful man of God. We were roommates together at Blue Ridge Assembly in Black Mountain the summer of 1972 and remained friends ever since. He touched countless lives as a true believer. I, and so m any others, will miss him.

  3. Gail and Bob Stashick says

    Sandra and family –

    We were deeply saddened to hear of Tommy’s passing and our hearts ache for you. Tommy was a precious soul who alway made Bob and I feel special and loved anytime we saw him – a special gift I expect he gave to al people he met.
    He was a true reflection of Jesus and I know he was greeted at the banquet table with the words we all hope to hear, “Well done my good and faithful servant.”

    It is our prayer for you and your family that as you celebrate Tommy’s life through the sharing of so many wonderful memories you have made over the years that even in this very sad and difficult time you will still have wonderful moment of joy through these memories. May you feel the ever presence of Jesus today and for days to come giving you strength, courage, comfort and peace.

  4. Cindy Petrovich says

    I had the tremendous pleasure of knowing Coach Gilmore during my high school years at ACR. He was a kind, compassionate, wonderful man who loved his students. He taught us all to have a passion for life and to always have a positive outlook on life. His death is a loss to thousands of people who knew and loved him.

    My heartfelt prayers to his family. I pray for God’s comfort to all who knew and loved him. He will be missed so much.

  5. albert long says

    I’M IN TOTAL SHOCK!!!! Just heard about it from Bobby Poss. We go back from so many experiences through so many years, albert long durham