Oscar D. Gilliam

October 6, 1921 ~ November 30, 2005

Oscar D. " Buzz " Gilliam, 84, 1301 Rock Garden Road, Johnson City died Wednesday, November 30, 2005 in the Lakebridge Health Care Center. Mr. Gilliam was a native of Scott County, VA, spent his childhood years in Kingsport, and had lived in Johnson City since 1951. He was a son of the late Haburn and Louise Bowens Gilliam. He was a retired employee of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center at Mountain Home in the engineering department. Mr. Gilliam was a U.S Army veteran serving in WW II and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart. He was a lifetime member of the VFW and was of the Pentecostal faith. He is preceded in death by his parents, a brother Arthur Gilliam and a sister Hazel Gilliam Rhyans. Survivors include: his wife of sixty years, Pauline Wright Gilliam of the home; two daughters and sons-in-law, Lavennia Sue and Preston "Tom" Osborne of Johnson City, Nancy and Rusty Rupert of Limestone; four brothers, Garland Gilliam of Savannah, TN, Ralph Gilliam of Somerset, KY, Linnie Gilliam of Gray, TN, Mack Gilliam of Kingsport; Three sisters, Pearl Forbes of Kingsport, Shirley Waycaster of Johnson City, and Joanne Compton of Kingsport; one grandson, Scott King of Johnson City, two granddaughters, Loretta "Lorrie" Bowers and Sundae "Sunny" Pope, both of Johnson City; great grandchildren, Robby Bowers, Cassie Bowers, Angel King, Josh King, Daniel King, And Taylor Pope; a special friend, Alan Robinson; several nieces and nephews also survive. The funeral service for Oscar D. "Buzz" Gilliam will be conducted at 8 PM Thursday, December 1, 2005 in the Morris-Baker South Chapel. Rev. Greg Street and Rev. Buford Blankenbecker will officiate. The graveside service will be conducted at 2 PM Friday in Washington County Memory Gardens. Everyone will meet at the cemetery. Active pallbearers will be selected from family and friends. The family will receive friends in the funeral chapel from 6 to 8 PM Thursday prior to the service.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    We are all very sad, and hurt to hear of Buzzs death. We lost granny this time of year in 2001, and it was very sad and hard for us too. We all love you very much, and we hope that during this difficult time, you find comfort in the warmth shared by your family, and friends. Jim, Helen, & Joe Kerns, and Rob & Misty Spangler

  2. Anonymous says:

    I would like to let Sue and the entire family that you all are in my prayers. I used to work close with Sue at Levi’s and she was a good friend of mine. I am sorry to hear of your lost. But, in this difficult time, we must remember that he’s with his maker….the best place on earth to be. I will keep all of you in my prayers. Jana Chambers

  3. Anonymous says:

    I would like to let Sue and the entire family that you all are in my prayers. I used to work close with Sue at Levi’s and she was a good friend of mine. I am sorry to hear of your lost. But, in this difficult time, we must remember that he’s with his maker….the best place on earth to be. I will keep all of you in my prayers. Jana Chambers

  4. Anonymous says:

    We are all very sad, and hurt to hear of Buzzs death. We lost granny this time of year in 2001, and it was very sad and hard for us too. We all love you very much, and we hope that during this difficult time, you find comfort in the warmth shared by your family, and friends. Jim, Helen, & Joe Kerns, and Rob & Misty Spangler

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