Jesse Gilliam, Jr.
Wednesday
11
July

Visitation

11:00 pm - 12:00 pm
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Simpson Funeral Home
5160 Peters Creek Road
Roanoke, Virginia, United States
Wednesday
11
July

Funeral Service

12:00 pm
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Simpson Funeral Home
5160 Peters Creek Road
Roanoke, Virginia, United States

Entombment

Entombment will follow in the Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens Mausoleum.

Obituary of Jesse Gilliam, Jr.

Jesse Martin Gilliam, Jr. 92 of Hollins went home to be with the Lord on Sunday July 8, 2018. His wife, Alice Engleman Gilliam, a son, Ronald M. Gilliam, 2 brothers, Ford and Hugh Gilliam and a sister, Nancy Rice, preceded him.

 

Mr. Gilliam served proudly in the United States Army during WWII. He is a graduate of Douglas Aircraft Factory School of Advanced Aeronautics and General Electric’s School of Jetisoned Engines and received his pilots rating at Hicks-Kesler Flying School at Woodrum Field. He was a Roanoke City Police Officer before working for Home Lumber building cabinets. He enjoyed making cabinets, and he started his own company called the Hollins Cabin Shop. He was a member of Enon Baptist Church for many years. During his retirement, he enjoyed hunting, fishing and his gardening, growing flowers and vegetables. He was a member of the American Legion Victory Post 248.

 

Surviving are his children Edwin L. Gilliam and wife Lynnda of Wintergreen, Rosemary Bowden of Pembroke; five grandchildren, fifteen great grandchildren; three great great grandchildren. Along with a brother, Burleigh Gilliam and wife Phyllis of Arcadia.

 

The family would like to thank the Virginia Veterans Care Center for all their care and support of Mr. Gilliam.

 

A funeral service will be held 12:00pm Wednesday July 11, 2018 at Simpson Funeral Home with Rev. Troy Mays officiating. Entombment will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens Mausoleum. Family will receive friends from 11:00am until service time at the funeral home Wednesday.

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