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Michael "Killer" James Gilliam

Michael James "Mike" Gilliam, Sr., 64, residence of 1797 Hwy. 72 West husband of Sandra Smith Gilliam passed away Tuesday March 10, 2009 at Self Regional Medical Center in Greenwood, SC

Born in Caerphilly, Wales he was the son of the late James Andrew "Buddy" Gilliam and Gwawrwen (Gwynne) Lewis-Williams Gilliam.

Mike was a graduate of Carlisle Military Academy in Bamberg, SC He was also a member of the National Guard. He was retired from the CSX Railroad as an engineer with over 34 years of service. He was also a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers. Mike also enjoyed shagging and was a member of the Greenwood Shag Club and the Electric City Shag Club in Anderson. Mike was a member of Sharon United Methodist Church. He was a loving husband, father and a friend to many and will be greatly missed by all. The apple of his eye were his grandchildren whom he loved dearly.

Survivors include his beloved wife Sandra Smith Gilliam of the home; a son Michael James (Jay) Gilliam, Jr. and his wife Traci of Arden, NC and a daughter Christine Kimsey and her husband Jeff of Abbeville, SC. 4 grandchildren Glen Kimsey, Justin Gilliam, Cade Gilliam and Jonah Kimsey and a step-granddaughter, Jessica Blackmon.

He was preceded in death by a son Andrew Thomas Gilliam and a sister Margaret Christine Gilliam.

Funeral services will be conducted Friday March 13, 2009 at 4:00 in the Chandler Chapel at Chandler-Jackson Funeral Home with the Rev.'s Shawn Armstrong and Frank McCoy officiating. The burial will follow in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens. The family is at the home 1797 Hwy. 72 W Abbeville, SC.

Mike is at The Chandler-Jackson Funeral Home where the family will receive friends Friday afternoon from 1:30 until 3:30 PM prior to services.

Memorials in memory of Mike may be made to Sharon United Methodist Church 246 Sharon Church Rd. Abbeville, SC 29620 or to St. Jude's Children's Cancer Research, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.


Chandler-Jackson Funeral Home
208 South Main Street
Abbeville, SC  29620
Friday, March 13, 2009
1:30-3:30 PM


Chandler Chapel, Chandler-Jackson Funeral Home
208 South Main Street
Abbeville, SC  29620
Friday, March 13, 2009
4:00 PM


Forest Lawn Memory Gardens
2699 Highway 72
Abbeville ,  SC  29620

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I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Love, Jane

Jand Owens Anderson Mar 13 2009 12:00 AM

To the Family of the late M.J. "Killer" Gilliam, I send to you my deepest and sincerest condolences in this, your time of grief and sadness. "Killer", as he was affectionately called by all those who worked with him here at CSX, was a man of great character and knowledge as he was one of my Locomotive Engineer Trainee Instructors over ten years ago. He taught me a lot about operating freight trains in a safe and efficient manner. To say that "Killer" will be missed is an understatement. Find strenght in God, Gilliam Family, in this your darkest hour, and may God continue to Bless all of you. "Killer" is gone, but not forgotten!!! Humbly submitted, Reagan E. "Big Daddy" Fair

Reagan E. Fair Mar 13 2009 12:00 AM

Sandra, We are so sorry for your and your family's lost. You are in our thoghts and prayers. Ronnie & Vickie Roller

Ronnie & Vickie Roller Mar 13 2009 12:00 AM

I have wonderful memories and some go back to when I was too young to know and you guys have told me (ravioli)! He was a very special man to me and I loved him so much. He was willing to step in in my dad's shoes many times. He will be dearly missed but he is in heaven arguing with Granny about Pete Rose and planning pranks I have no doubt! I am praying for you all - Sandra, Jay and Tracy, Christine and Jeff, Mildred, and all of those precious grandbabies that he loved so! We will miss him terribly.

Angie Fortner Mar 12 2009 12:00 AM

I am deeply sadden by Mike's death. Praying that God will comfort and strenghten you during this difficult time.

Johnny A Grant, Sr. Mar 12 2009 12:00 AM

Dear Sandra and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Mike was a special person. I always enjoyed when I would run into him when I was home. Enjoyed talking about shagging. Know that you will be in my thoughts and prayers. Jean Crenshaw Kyzer

Jean Crenshaw Kyzer Mar 11 2009 12:00 AM

Our prayers are with your family. May God bless you and comfort you.

Frankie and Lisa Allen Mar 11 2009 12:00 AM

I could not help but smile all day yesterday when I would think back on so many great memories of the "Killer". I always related well to Uncle Mike because of two common things that we both share. #1 We both love our Tigers. #2 We love to aggravate anybody who will give us the time of day. I know that Mike is in Heaven right now with that sly grin on his face. No more pain and suffering my friend. You have fought the good fight. Until we meet again... May God continue to bless you and your family. Our deepest sympathy, P.J., Lynn, Patrick, and Cole Turner

P.J. Turner Mar 11 2009 12:00 AM

Sandra, so sorry to learn of Mike's death. God bless you and we will certainly think about you in the days ahead and remember you and the family in our prayers. God Bless!

judy Abrams Mar 11 2009 12:00 AM

God looked around his garden, And found an empty place. He then looked down upon the earth, And saw your tired face. He put his arms around you, And lifted you to rest; God's garden must be beautiful-He always takes the best. He knew that you were suffering, He knew you were in pain; He knew you would never get well on earth again. He saw the road was getting rough And hills were hard to climb So he closed your weary eyelids, and whispered, "Peace be thine." It broke our hearts to lose you, But you didn't go alone, For a part of us went with you, The day God called you home. ~Author Unknown Our hearts are filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together and we celebrate a life well lived. We wish you each peace, hope and joy. Weeping and crying may come for the night but joy comes in the morning....I am praying for the return of joy to your lives. Be blessed and know we love you all and certainly share in your loss.

Terry Turner Mar 11 2009 12:00 AM

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