Mr. Gilliam was born in Coffee County to the late Albert and Jannie Owens Gilliam.
He was a World War II Veteran, serving in the United States Air Force and later went on to work as a Test Desk Manager for Bell South. Mr. Gilliam was a member of the American Legion Post 43 and the Telephone Pioneers.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Gilliam is preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Mary Frances Whitmire Gilliam; one great-grandson, Denton George Brown; two brothers, Orville Gilliam and Estill Gilliam; and two sisters, Flora Cash and Velma Ashley.
He is survived by one daughter, June Brown and her husband George of Hillsboro; three grandchildren, Daniel Brown and his wife Christy of Hillsboro, Adam Brown and his wife Marissa of Cottontown, TN and Samantha Brown of Knoxville; two great grandchildren, Avery Brown and Addie Brown; niece, Carrie Sue Yerbey of Ooltewah, TN and other nieces and nephews; sister-in-law, Irene Millaway of Tullahoma and brother-in-law, Ray Whitmire of Tullahoma.
Visitation for Mr. Gilliam will be held on Monday, April 15th, 2013 from 12:00pm-2:00pm at Kilgore Funeral Home with the funeral service to immediately follow at 2:00pm with Rev. Bob Jared and Pastor Paul Purdue officiating.
Burial will follow at Rose Hill Memorial Gardens.
For those who wish, donations may be made to the DGB Foundation at dgbfoundation.org, or mail to DGB Foundation at 618 Lonnie Bush Road, Hillsboro, TN 37342.
Kilgore Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.