Deacon Donald T. Gilliam

Published 5:00 pm Monday, November 4, 2019

Deacon Donald T. Gilliam passed away Monday. He was born January 1, 1941 in West Point, Georgia to the late, James and Mozell Young and John T. Winston.

He graduated from Harrison High School, and Seeburg Vending School. He united with Bethlehem Baptist Church in the early 50’s and remained a faithful Deacon serving in many capacities. He was employed by Naders Music for fifty years.

His personal political career began on January 19, 1978 when he was sworn in as City of West Point, Councilman. In 1980 he served as Mayor Pro-Tempore until he left office. In 2000, he was re-elected to West Point City Council and served until 2011.

In addition, he served as Executive Member of the Troup County NAACP, President of the Troup County Coalition, Member and Chairman of the West Point Bi-Racial Committee, Community Development Chairman, and Member of the Utilities Board.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Lula Mae Gilliam; children Thomas (Faye) Gilliam and Jean Gilliam-Godfrey; seven grandchildren; sisters Gaynell (Bobby) Boyd, Linda (Homer) Young, Barbara A. Young, all of West Point, GA: Diane Young, Knoxville, TN; brother, Bobby (Yvonne) Palmer, LaGrange, GA; sisters-in-law Ethel (Warner) Bankston, Edith Brewer, Hattie Jones, all of LaGrange, GA; uncles Joe Gilliam and Tommy Gilliam, both of West Point, GA; and an array of nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

The Service was held Monday at 1 p.m. at Bethlehem Baptist Church. Dr. W. T. Edmondson will officiate. The family will be at their home at 706 Avenue J, West Point.

The excellent care of Deacon Gilliam is being provided by Lakes-Dunson-Robertson Funeral Home.