Deacon Donald T. Gilliam — 1941-2019

Published 9:39 pm Monday, November 4, 2019

Deacon Donald T. Gilliam passed away on Oct. 28.

He was born Jan. 1, 1941, in West Point to the late, James and Mozell Young and John T. Winston.

He graduated from Harrison High School and Seeburg Vending School.

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He united with Bethlehem Baptist Church in the early 50s and remained a faithful Deacon serving in many capacities.

He was employed by Naders Music for 50 years.

His political career began on Jan. 19, 1978, when he was sworn in as City of West Point, Councilman. In 1980, he served as Mayor Pro-Tempore until he left office. In 2000, he was re-elected to West Point City Council and served until 2011.

In addition, he served as executive member of the Troup County NAACP, president of the Troup County Coalition, member and chairman of the West Point Bi-Racial Committee, community development chairman, and member of the Utilities Board.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Lula Mae Gilliam; children, Thomas (Faye) Gilliam and Jean Gilliam-Godfrey; seven grandchildren; sisters, Gaynell (Bobby) Boyd, Linda (Homer) Young, Barbara A. Young, all of West Point, Diane Young, of Knoxville, Tennessee; brother, Bobby (Yvonne) Palmer, of LaGrange; sisters-in-law, Ethel (Warner) Bankston, Edith Brewer, Hattie Jones, all of LaGrange; uncles, Joe Gilliam and Tommy Gilliam, both of West Point; and an array of nieces; nephews; relatives; and friends.

The Service was on Monday at 1 p.m. at Bethlehem Baptist Church. Dr.W. T. Edmondson officiated.

The family will be at their home at 706 Avenue J in West Point.

The excellent care of Deacon Gilliam is being provided by Lakes-Dunson-Robertson Funeral Home.