Barbara Evelyn Gilliam

April 25, 1937November 7, 2020

Barbara Evelyn Gilliam, 83, of Beckwith went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, November 7, 2020.

She was born on April 25, 1937 at Fayetteville, she was the daughter of the late Bill Alvin Blake and Evelyn Juanita Armstrong Blake.

Barbara attended Brownsville Holiness Church at Gauley Bridge and Fayetteville High School. She was spunky, sassy, spoke her mind and had a great big heart; loved to go to church and sing. Her family was her pride and joy and she loved it when they came to visit. If you went to her house and left hungry it was your own fault. You didn’t leave there without her giving you something. She loved giving and helping others, and was a wonderful cook. Her biscuits and gravy, meat loaf, and pinto beans and cornbread couldn’t be beat. She loved to have yard sales and go to them.

Besides her parents, her husband, Percy Lee Gilliam, preceded her in death; her sons, Everett Gilliam, Delbert Gilliam, and Jerry Gilliam; and brothers: Pete, Billy, Gene, and Roy.

She leaves behind lots of precious memories for her family and friends. Survivors include her sons: Roger Gilliam, Luke (Tina) Gilliam, and Tony Gilliam; daughters: Rose Mary (Neal) Portzen, Donna Gilliam, and Evelyn “Naddie” (Don) Gravatt; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 1 pm on November 13, 2020 at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville, with Pastor Nathan Johnson officiating. Burial will follow at the Blake Cemetery at Beckwith.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 pm, on Thursday, November 12th 2020 at the funeral home.

Due to Covid-19 guidelines for those wishing to attend services, everyone must wear a mask and practice social distancing.

Friends and family may sent words of comfort to the family at

Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville, will be assisting the family.



  • Visitation

    Thursday, November 12, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, November 13, 2020

  • Burial

    Friday, November 13, 2020

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Tammy ODell

November 14, 2020

Donna and family,
I am so sorry for your loss! Barbara was a very sweet lady that I have know all my life. Love and prayers for your family. She will be missed!

Janette Woodrum

November 10, 2020

Barbara Gilliam was one fine lady that ...alway had a smile..and kind word..When my dad was alive, years ago of his bestest buddies were grandpaw Percy and his lovely wife. He always spoke highly of Percy and Barbara.. You all had a wonderful mom..grandmaw and friend.. Rest in Peace Barbara.

Becky Wood

November 9, 2020

I knew Barbara my entire life. She was a wonderful lady and I loved to hear her sing. My prayers are with her children at this time.

sue gilkerson

November 8, 2020

so sorry for your loss barbara well be missed by me an a lot of others we were friends from high school


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