Viola Fern Gilstrap

  • Born: August 25, 1936
  • Died: November 16, 2021
  • Location: Hanahan, South Carolina

J. Henry Stuhr Northwoods Chapel

2180 Greenridge Road
North Charleston, SC 29406

Tel. (843) 572.2339

Tribute & Message From The Family


Viola Martin Gilstrap

August 25, 1936 - November 16, 2021

Viola Martin Gilstrap, 85, of Hanahan, SC entered into eternal rest Tuesday, November 16, 2021. Her Funeral Service will be held Monday, November 22, 2021 at Trident Baptist Church, 100 Montague Plantation Rd., Goose Creek, SC, 29445 at 12:00 pm. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc., Northwoods Chapel.

Viola was born and raised in northern Michigan. She was a graduate of Harbor Springs High School, and worked for Southern Bell Telephone Company for 31 years.
A member of Trident Baptist Church for over 30 years, she sang in the choir and was a Sunday school teacher for many years. She was married for 63 years to the late James W. Gilstrap, and is survived by three sons, Glenn, Steven, & Christopher, three grandchildren, Travis, Tyler, & Cole, one sister, Shirley Matsunaga, and one brother, Paul Martin.

Preceding her in death were her father Levi Martin, mother Sylvia Tyson Martin, sister Sharon, brother John, son James, and her husband James W. Gilstrap.

Viola had a loving kindness that was uniquely rare and unlimited, but above all, genuine to all she came in contact with. Whether sewing clothes for the children at her church, helping some less fortunate family she didn't even know down the street with food or toys for their children, or any number of the random acts of kindness witnessed by those who knew her best, she did so with the sweetest smile and most sincere & loving intentions. She was truly an original, an inspiration, and our lives and hearts will forever be hollowed without her.


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Condolence & Memory Journal

What a compassionate lady. We had the pleasure of knowing her for many years and going to the same church for many years. Mark and I are praying for the family during this time. We shared many fun times in our senior citizens group. She was very faithful and a blessing to many of us.

Posted by Teresa Parler - Moncks Corner, SC - Friend   November 21, 2021

Ms. Viola was one of the kindest ladies I have ever known. My mother, Frances Dukes, and she were best friends. Ms. Viola truly exemplified the Proverbs 31 woman. She was always sewing, crocheting, and doing acts of kindness for others. I have fond memories of her with our whole family. I smile thinking about how happy my mom was to welcome her to her eternal home. I long for the day to see her again! May God surround your family with His peace and comfort during this time.

Posted by Gail Dukes Felder - Rock Spring, GA - Friend   November 20, 2021

I will miss you so much mom! You were loved more than you could ever imagine. Thank you for being such an amazing mother and friend! Thank you for all the beautiful memories and for teaching me the value of treating others with kindness and compassion. I will carry you in my heart always. I love you!

Posted by Chris Gilstrap - Hanahan, SC - Son   November 19, 2021

My sincere condolences to the family. Praying for comfort and strength in the days ahead...

Posted by David Perry - Summerville, SC   November 19, 2021

I will miss you so much mom! You were loved more than you could ever imagine. Thank you for being such an amazing mother and friend! Thank you for all the beautiful memories and for teaching me the value of treating others with kindness and compassion. I will carry you in my heart always. I love you!

Posted by Chris Gilstrap - Hanahan, SC - Son   November 18, 2021


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