Johnny Gilliam

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Johnny Major Gilliam, 84, of Olla, passed from this life on Friday, July 5, 2019.

He was born August 20, 1935 in Urania to the union of his parents, Arch Gilliam and Lena Varnell Gilliam.

Johnny was a retired truck driver and a hard worker his entire life. He served his country as a United States Navy Veteran. He was proud of his service for our nation.

He was a man of many talents, he could do anything. His greatest accomplishment in life was his wife of sixty years and his children and grandchildren whom he loved and cherished the most. Johnny was the kindest and most thoughtful person you would ever meet. If you had a problem his door was always open to anyone that needed shelter, food, love or just some good advice.   

He always kept God close to his heart and soul. God knows he’s taken home a great selfless man who will be missed so much. He was our family rock. We love and miss you already, but we know you’re not hurting anymore.

Services were held at 1 p.m., Sunday, July 7, from the Olla chapel of Riser Funeral Home with Rev. Bo Prather officiating.

Interment will full military honors followed in the Chickasaw Cemetery, east of Olla, under direction of Riser Funeral Home of Olla.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Arch Gilliam, Jr. and James Smith; two sisters: Geraldine Gilliam Hatten and Katie Smith; daughter, Sheila Young; and two grandsons, Jeromy Spruell and Logan Franklin.

Those left to cherish a lifetime of memories and love are his wife, Ann Gilliam; his daughters, Donna Stewart and husband Buck, Pat Gilliam and Richard, Sandy Lee, and Dee-Dee Gilliam and Bubba; his son, Johnny Wayne Gilliam and wife Kristi; his grandchildren: Danny, Robbie, Damon, J. T. and Ethon Young, Dustin and Joseph Lee, Joey Fuzzell, Storm Kasey Stewart, Tristan, Britt and Maleah Gilliam; 11 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Joseph Lee, Dustin Lee, Joey Fuzzell, Storm Kasey Stewart, Tristan Gilliam and Britt Gilliam, with Maleah Gilliam serving as an honorary pallbearer.

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