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In Memoriam: Robot Coupe Founder Bill Gilmore

Bill Gilmore, 90, one of the three founders of Robot Coupe U.S.A., died June 15 at his home in Raymond, Miss.

He started his 50-year career in the foodservice industry with Durnin-Rentzel, a manufacturer's rep firm in Oklahoma City. In 1960, he became a founding partner in Marketing Agents South in Jackson, Miss., where he built strong relationships in school foodservice throughout Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama and Florida.

Prior to helping establish Robot Coupe in Jackson, Miss., with Rollins Brown and Dan Bounds, Gilmore served as the first vice president of sales/marketing at Frymaster Corp.  He and his wife of 68 years, Frances, founded Way for Today Ministries, a non-profit missions and benevolence outreach ministry.  In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Ronald and Rusty; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Nashville-based Gideon's International or to The Way for Today Ministries, P.O. Box 1957, Brandon, MS 39043 (for feeding, clothing and educating malnourished children in Ixil, Chajul, Guatemala).

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