Lloyd E. Gilliam

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Lloyd Emmanuel "Papa" Gilliam, of 940 Commerce St., Petersburg, was called home by our Heavenly Father Saturday evening, Nov. 1, 2008, at MCV Hospital, Richmond.

He was born Aug. 1, 1942. He was the first child of Mary A. Gilliam. Lloyd was affectionately known as "Papa" or "Buddy Boy" to his family and friends, who will remember him as a very compassionate, supportive, understanding and fun-loving person. He was a caring man who loved each and every member of his family. There was nothing that he would not do for his devoted wife, children, grandchildren, brothers, sisters, nieces, aunts and cousins. He loved them and in return they loved him back. Words cannot adequately describe Lloyd who's loving and affectionate ways demonstrated a man whose life was filled with caring, sharing, and concern for others. He was known for helping everyone he met in some way. He worked with construction for more than 35 years.

He was preceded in death by his father, Benjamin Gilliam; mother, Mary A. Gilliam; daughter, Brenda Taylor; mother-in-law, Thelma Clark; and niece, Monica Diggs.

He leaves to cherish his loving memory wife of 23 years, Odell Gilliam of Petersburg; two sisters, Mary E. Grant of Georgia and Ruth Nsyco of Maryland; 10 children, one devoted daughter, Valerie Taylor Harris (Edwin); nine grandchildren, two devoted, Tamila and Edward Taylor; three great-grandchildren; two devoted brothers-in-law, Otis Clark (Rosa) of Petersburg and Bobby Clark of Alexandria; one devoted sister-in-law, Mary Diggs of Maryland; one devoted aunt, Minnie Williams of Washington, D.C.; one devoted niece, Marjan Ford (Andrew); two great-nieces; one great-nephew; one devoted cousin, Catherine Bland of Ettrick; a host of loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the chapel of Tucker Funeral Home with the Rev. Leroy Rhone officiating. The eulogy will be given by Dr. Jethro White Sr. Interment will be in Blandford Cemetery. Relatives and friends will assemble at 940 Commerce St., Petersburg, at noon. A memory video may be viewed at the funeral home. Services under the direction of Tucker Funeral Home, 415 Halifax St., Petersburg.
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Published in The Progress-Index from Nov. 3 to Nov. 7, 2008