Colby Kirk Gillis


Colby Kirk Gillis
7/22/1989 - 6/05/2019

Tallahassee - Colby left this earth from a tragic accident on June 5, 2019.

Colby was born in Thomasville, Georgia to Tim and Loni Gillis. He was honored to have served his country as a member of the Navy Squadron Rivron 3. Through his training with the Navy, he was inspired to follow his heart to a paramedicine degree and become a paramedic which became his passion in life. He was honored to receive an award in four life saves in Georgia, Region 8 EMS Services. Colby became a part-time instructor at Southwest Georgia Tech College where he enjoyed sharing his passion with everyone who would listen. We are heartbroken as a family.

He is survived by his father Tim Gillis, mother Loni Gillis, sister Shelby Gillis, brother-in-law Dustin Ford, beloved nephews Beau and Finn, Great Grandmother Betty Welch, Nana Sandy Hodges, Grandma and Pop, Pam and Jim Lycett, and numerous Aunts and Uncles.

Colby was lovingly named "BB" by his nephew, Beau, who says "Now BB can feed Toby (the family cat) in heaven".

A celebration of life will be held at the Retreat at Bradley's Pond on Saturday, June 15, 2019, from 4:00 - 7:00 pm, with a special event to honor Colby at 5:00 pm, weather permitting.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests to please honor Colby's memory by donating to a scholarship fund set up for future EMT/paramedic students at
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Linda Sheahan
Jun 16, 2019
Colby was an amazing person. He danced with me on my daughters back porch. He made everyone feel important.
Sharon Welch
Jun 13, 2019
Continue to pray for you all. There are no words to express how sorry I am about your tragic loss.
Dewayne McDowell
Jun 12, 2019
I'm so sorry to hear of Colby's passing. You all are in our prayers today and the days to come. Mom and Dad also send their condolences.
Anthony Dejerinett
Jun 11, 2019
I only knew Colby for the time he was here at Leon EMS however, the first time I met him I Immediately said man this guy has a big heart. He asked for my assistance with multitude of details. Colby your gone but truly not forgotten. Heaven has received another Angel........RIP my good friend...:(
Bill and Shirley McNaney
Jun 11, 2019
We never met Colby but our daughter Lisa Lycett spoke very highly of him. Our deepest sympathies to your family.
Janet Yearty
Jun 10, 2019
I am so sorry to hear of Colby's passing. Although I didn't know Colby, I felt like I did from our conversations.My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Alexis sullivan
Jun 09, 2019
Colby was one who really always had a smile. He was a amazing medic and I enjoyed having the pro ledge to work and know him. He touched so many lives, he will be greatly missed.
Marshall E. Barron, Sr
Jun 09, 2019

My morning (A) shift, 8 am will not be the same. I watched you and your partner return from your evening shift late on numerous occasions with no complaints. Your professionalism will be deeply missed. Rest in Peace my brother!
Shelly Hoornstra
Jun 09, 2019
Colby was a great person, whose smile lit up the room! He will be missed by many!
John and Rhonda Scott
Jun 08, 2019
We didn't know Colby but our daughter Sara went to Lincoln with him. We also know Shelby, Ms Pam and Jim from being regulars at the Fisherman's Wife. We are so very sorry to hear Colby and we pray for all of you to find peace and healing.
Teresa Chastain
Jun 07, 2019
I did not know Colby but I’ve known his dad since we were young children and I’ve gotten to know a bit about Colby through his parents and also from the many posts I have read about him the last few days. Clearly Colby was a very loved, hard working and respected man. My heart is so sad for you, Timmy, Loni and Shelby. May you find some peace and comfort somehow from knowing how much of an impact he had on the lives of others and how truly loved he was. May angels wrap their arms around you and give you strength as you grieve and heal.