Grier P. Gilliam

February 1, 1933August 15, 2013
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On August 15, 2013, God needed an angel and He called Home the most loving, caring and unselfish angel of all.

Grier Powers Gilliam was born in Carthage, NC in 1933 and was preceded in death by her parents, John R. and Ada M. Powers. A brother John Raymond Powers and two sisters, Mozelle P. Thomas and Helen P. Harris. Grier was a member of Oaklette United Methodist Church in Chesapeake, VA.

Survivors include her loving husband of 61 years. William D. Gilliam, Sr., three sons, William D. Gilliam Jr., and his wife, Carolyn of North Carolina. J. David Gilliam and his wife, Terry, Jeffrey W. Gilliam and his wife, Debbie of Chesapeake, VA and a daughter, LuAnn G. Kruger and her husband Dave of Virginia Beach, VA. In addition to nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Also, feeling the loss are her sisters, Ruth Craver, Mildred “Billie” Womack, and Margaret Fentress as well as a host of nieces and nephews.

The family would also like to recognize the kindness and compassion of the Hospice and Palliative Care Center of Tidewater notably Grace Padgett as well as The staff of Kempsville Health and Rehab Center namely Megan and “Tee,” that gave of their time and compassion in caring for Grier and her family

The family will receive friends on Sunday, August 18, 2013 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Smith and Williams Funeral Home, Kempsville Chapel. A celebration of Grier’s life will be held on Monday, August 19, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at the chapel at Smith and Williams. A reception will follow the service. The burial service will be private.

Friends may offer condolences at Additionally, donations can be made in memory to the Oaklette United Methodist Church Food Pantry.



  • Visitation Sunday, August 18, 2013
  • Celebration of Life Monday, August 19, 2013


  • Interment

Grier P. Gilliam

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Becky Gilliam Cogan

August 22, 2013

Just want you all to know that I was sad to hear the news! Just know you are in my thoughts and prayers. Will keep you in touch?
Becky Gilliam Cogan and family

Jeff and Angela McNair

August 22, 2013

We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Jackie Ellis Dunbar

August 21, 2013

Jeff, LuAnn, David and family you are all such a great bunch I know you have a awesome "Mama" looking down from heaven on you all. I will keep you in my prayers as you go through this difficult time. Jackie

Mike and Carol Conaway

August 20, 2013

Gilliam Family,
You have been in our thoughts and prayers. Feel hugged.

August 20, 2013

Dear Gilliam Family, I so sorry to hear of Grier's passing. Grier and I were in Christian's Woman Club together. I remember how much fun Grier, Martha Anne and myself had.
Love and Prayers, Mary Beth Howell

Cindy Bailey

August 19, 2013

Dear LuAnn and Gilliam family,

I heard the sad news today of Mrs. Gilliam's passing today. I have very fond memories of her from my teen years. Her smile and laughter were contagious. She had a special way of making everyone feel welcome and loved. How lucky the world was to know her. I am so,so sorry for your loss.

Bob & Estelle Slick

August 19, 2013

Gilliam Family:
Sorry for the loss of your loved one. Thoughts and prayers be with you at this time. May god hold you and comfort you at this hard time.

August 19, 2013

I am sorry to hear about Mrs. Gilliam's passing--sorry I cannot be there today but we are shorthanded at work. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Wayne Sykes

Megan Boungiorno

August 19, 2013

I am so grateful to have meet Mrs. Gilliam and her family :) my thoughts and prayers are with you all. love to you all Megan CNA

Jenny Owens

August 19, 2013

May your memories of her console you during the difficult times. Peace be with you!