Joyce Gillihan
1931 - 2021
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Joyce Gillihan

Oak Ridge - Joyce Ross Gillihan, 89, of Oak Ridge, passed away Monday, January 4, 2021 at the NHC Health Care Center where she had been a resident for the past two years. She was born July 28, 1931 in Gleason, TN, the daughter of Hillis and Ethel Hall Ross. She came to Oak Ridge in 1945 from Paris, TN and eventually married the love of her life, Charles Edward Gilliam on November 7, 1957 in Oak Ridge. She retired after 34 years from the Y-12 Plant where she was a records clerk. Mrs. Gillihan and her husband were very active in many of the plant and city bowling leagues. She was of the Protestant faith and was a member of United Church Chapel on the Hill.

In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by brother, Charles Jerry Ross.

She is survived by her good friend and companion, Barbara Goins of Oak Ridge. Friends will gather for a graveside service on Friday, January 8, 2021 at 10:00am at Oak Ridge Memorial Park. Dr. Randy Hammer will officiate. Any memorials in Joyce's memory can be made to the Wounded Warriors Project. Weatherford Mortuary is handling the arrangements. An online guestbook can be signed at

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Published in Knoxville News Sentinel from Jan. 7 to Jan. 8, 2021.
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January 9, 2021
Joyce..even though I moved away I thought of you often. May you rejoice in heaven pain free. Love you.
Ruby Maggard
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