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Charles Edward Gilliam, 81, of Athens, died Monday July 3, 2017, at Huntsville Hospital.
Mr. Gilliam was born May 3, 1936, in Limestone County. He was a charter member of Seven Mile Post Road Church, a tool and die maker at General Motors until retiring in January 1999, and a veteran of the Alabama National Guard.
The funeral will be noon Thursday at Spry Funeral Home, with Dwight Ridinger officiating. Burial will be in Dement Cemetery.
Visitation is 9 a.m. to service time Thursday at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be Steve Gilliam, Ronald Gilliam, James Gilliam, Randy Meals, Jess Gilliam and Nathaniel Meals.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Gayla Cockrell Gilliam; three children, Martin Edward Gilliam, Jana Deneen Meals and Gregory Keith Gilliam; nine grandchildren, Nathaniel Meals, Deneen Van Kirk (Michael), Jess Gilliam (Christen), Haylee Carter (Christopher), Kayla Gilliam, Krista Hughes (Coleby), Elizabeth Gilliam, Lorene Gilliam and Hannah Gilliam; three great-grandchildren, Maylei Meals, Madilyn Van Kirk and Elijah Van Kirk; brothers, James, Bobby, Steve and Ronald Gilliam; sister, Betty Burroughs; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, C.S. and Ione Gilliam; and sister, Juanita Burroughs.
Memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society or Seven Mile Post Road Church.
Published on July 5, 2017
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