John Hoyt Gilliam, 87, passed away Feb. 23, 2013. He was born Jan. 5, 1926 in Branford, Florida, the son of the late Thomas E. and Nettie Oliver Gilliam.
Hoyt graduated from Gibsonville High School, N.C. State University with a degree in Forestry Management and the University of Tennessee with a Master's in Forestry Management. He served in the Army
Air Force during World War II
and after graduating from N.C. State, worked for International Paper Company as a conservation forester. He then became a N.C. State Extension Agent, owner and operator of Appalachian Forestry Company, growing and selling Christmas trees in Burlington for 45 years. He was also owner and operator of Holly Hill Garden Center.
Mr. Gilliam was Scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts of America. He was instrumental in the founding of the N.C. Christmas Tree Association and the author of "Growing and Marketing Christmas Trees." He was awarded Watauga County's "Friend of Agriculture" for 2007.
Hoyt is survived by sons, John H. Gilliam Jr. and wife Barbara, of Morristown, Tenn., and H. Roark Gilliam of Boone, N.C., six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Also surviving are his sisters, Juanita Loy of Elon and Polly Melton of Monroe.
Mr. Gilliam was preceded in death by his wife, Edith Cobb Gilliam, a son, Mark E. Gilliam, brothers, Oliver and Thomas Gilliam and sisters, Pat Shackelford, Nancy Cobb and Cleo Harris.
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 2, 2013 at the Rich and Thompson Chapel in Burlington. The family will receive friends from 1 until 2 p.m., immediately prior to the service.
Online condolences may be sent to www.richandthompson.com