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“Sorry to hear about Melvin. ”
1 of 12 | Posted by: Ken Lacewell - Bryant, Ar.

“We attended church with Mr.& Mrs. Gilliam. Our thoughts and prayers are with your during this very difficult time. May God comfort you in the...Read More »
2 of 12 | Posted by: Bruce And Debbie McCrackin Tulip

“My thoughts & prayers are with you at this sad time. ”
3 of 12 | Posted by: Elva Jo Wylie - Carthage AR

“The Class of '58 sends our sympathy and condolences to all family members. ”
4 of 12 | Posted by: Margaret Prewitt - Fordyce

“Wanda, I just want to relay my deepest condolences for the death of Melvin. I saw him at Ebenezer a couple of years ago and we had a good visit. ...Read More »
5 of 12 | Posted by: Bettye Dew - St. Louis, MO

“IT'S BEEN A LONG TIME SINCE WE'VE SEEN EACH OTHER. I HOPE YOU REMEMBER ME. I WILL NEVER FORGET YOUR BROTHER, WE WERE IN THE SAME CLASS TOGETHER. HE...Read More »
6 of 12 | Posted by: bARBARA DOW ROGERS

“Wanda, I am especially thinking of you at this time. Share my sympathies with the rest of Melvin's family. I hope to see you in April. We had such...Read More »
7 of 12 | Posted by: Barbara Wood

“Wanda, My heart is aching for you and all your family. My thoughts and prayers will be with you. May God bless. ”
8 of 12 | Posted by: Mildred Green Maumelle, Arkansas

“Been a hard time for you guys the last few months. May the peace of God which passes our keep and sustain you through this time. Will try to see you...Read More »
9 of 12 | Posted by: Gene & Betty Gilliam

“FAMILY, A CHERISHED FRIEND AND CLASSMATE WAS LOST THIS WEEK. WE LAST TALKED BY PHONE JUST BEFORE SHARON'S FUNERAL. HE SO WANTED TO ATTEND THE NEXT...Read More »
10 of 12 | Posted by: RONDELL AND JANE HARRISON

“Sherry and Melvin, Jr., We have enjoyed a wonderful friendship with your parents and enjoyed visits in Huntsville and Pasadena in the 70's, and more...Read More »
11 of 12 | Posted by: Mary and Jim (Jimmy) Poole

“To the Gilliam family, We are so sorry about Melvin's death, but know that he is happy to be with Sharon. Our prayers and condolences to the...Read More »
12 of 12 | Posted by: Janell Ray - Fordyce


Melvin Rubin Gilliam 70, of Leola, Arkansas went to heaven to be with his Lord on January 8, 2011.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife Sharon Woods Gilliam, his youngest son Mitchell Edward Gilliam, parents Rubin and Cora Gilliam, brothers Lewis, Charles, and Bud Gilliam, sisters Louise Gilliam and Patsy Gilliam Hoyt.

He is survived by his children: Sherry Gilliam Mays and husband Moe Mays of League City, TX, and Melvin R. Gilliam Jr. of Arlington, TX. Also by grandchildren which he was known as "Pappaw" to: Mathew Mays, Melissa Mays Tittle and husband James, Mason Mays and fianc Melissa Nicole Williams, Melody Gilliam, Shannon Gilliam, Megan Gilliam, and Ashley Gilliam. He was also father-in-law to Liz Gilliam Wright and Sherry Lynn Boyd. He is also survived by his sister Wanda Allen of League City, TX.

Visitation will be 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm Monday, January 10, 2011 at Benton Funeral Home in Fordyce. Funeral services will be 10:00 am Tuesday, January 11, 2011 at Benton Funeral Home with Rev. Moe Mays officiating. Burial will be 2:00 pm Wednesday in Tulip Cemetery with Bethlehem Masonic Lodge officiating the graveside ceremony. Arrangements by Benton Funeral Home in Fordyce. To sign the online register visit www.bentonfuneralhome.com

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