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Oliver Gilliam

Oliver Gilliam

Posted: Wednesday, August 8, 2012 5:10 pm

Completed arrangements are being announced for Richard Oliver Gilliam Jr., 84, of Union City, who died at his home Aug. 7, 2012.
Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at White-Ranson Funeral Home, with the Rev. Stan Waldon officiating. Burial will follow in East View Ceme-tery.
Pallbearers will be Steve Sedberry, David Critchlow Jr., Bart White, Skipper White, Scott Critchlow and Jamie Cochran.
Honorary pallbearers will be Arthur Melton, David Critchlow Sr., Harold Ed-gin, Bill Petty, members of Union City Rotary Club and members of Character Builders Sunday School Class at Union City First United Methodist Church.
The family will receive friends from noon until the hour of services Friday at the funeral home.
The family requests that memorials be made to Union City First United Methodist Church.
He was born Sept. 23, 1927, in Henderson, son of the late Mary F. (Washburn) and Richard Oliver Gilliam Sr. He married the former Ollie Woodall Feb. 5, 1948. She died Aug. 16, 2005. He was a retired vice president and partner of White-Ranson Funeral Home, beginning his career at Casey Funeral Home in Henderson in the 1940s and serving the funeral industry for more than 50 years.
He became an employee of White-Ranson Funeral Home in 1949 and worked there for 43 years until his retirement in 1992. He was a veteran of both the U.S. Merchant Marine Corps and the U.S. Army, having served in the Korean War.
A member of Union City First United Methodist Church and the Character Builders Sunday School Class, he was also a former member and past president of the Tennessee Funeral Directors Association. He had been a member and past president of Union City Jaycees and was named the organization’s Young Man of the Year in 1954. He was a member of Union City Rotary Club, where he had also served as past president and had been named a Paul Harris Fellow. He was a member of Union City Masonic Lodge 538 and was a Shriner and had been a member and past president of Poplar Meadows County Club, a member of Union City Personnel Advisory Board and a board member of Obion County Cancer Agency.
He is survived by his brother, Benny Gilliam of Lexington; his sister and two brothers-in-law, Edna Faye and John Newman of Green Cove Springs, Fla., and Billy Pinder of Union City; his sister-in-law, Ila Hines of Glendale, Ariz.; and his faithful neighbors, Steve Sedberry and his family of Union City.
He was also preceded in death by four sisters, Jewel Hearn, Inez Gilliam, Vernell Barham and Lucille Morris; and two brothers, Harold Gilliam and Joe Dennis Gilliam.
Condolences may be sent to the family at the funeral home website: www.white-ranson.com.

Published in The Messenger 8.8.12

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