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Benjamin Earl Gilliam was born December 31, 1919 in Paris, Texas to Dick A. and Flora Austeen (Miller) Gilliam. He passed from this life October 4, 2009 in Antlers, Oklahoma, at the age of 89.
Benjamin served his country as a Corporal in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II. He married Mattie Maurice Hammons on November 19, 1941 in Antlers, Oklahoma. He was a 32nd Mason. Benjamin enjoyed spending time with family and friends, fishing, playing cards, dominoes, & bingo.
Benjamin is preceded in death by his wife: Mattie Maurice Gilliam; a son: David Earl Gilliam; and his parents: Dick and Flora Gilliam.
He is survived by a son: Bobby Gilliam of Antlers; one daughter: Bennie Sue Norton of Allen, Texas; six grandchildren: Jason Norton of Murphy, Texas, Christopher Gilliam of California, Matthew Gilliam of Amarillo, Texas, Jake Gilliam of Amarillo, Texas, Nicole Gilliam of Clayton, Oklahoma, & Natalie Gilliam of Clayton, Oklahoma; two great-grandchildren: Malachi Cecil Gilliam & David Ethan Gilliam of Amarillo, Texas; brothers: James Gilliam of Lawton, Oklahoma, Lloyd Gilliam, & Billy Jack Gilliam, both of Antlers; sisters: Austeen Gilliam of Antlers and Bennie Evelyn Gilliam of Fort Worth, Texas; as well as many other relatives and friends.
Funeral Service: 2:00 PM Thursday, October 8, 2009 ~ Mills-Coffey Funeral Home
Officiating: Pastor Herbie Lee
Music: "I'll Fly Away" ~ "Jesus Walked That Lonesome Valley"
Pallbearers: Dillard Grimmett ~ Ronnie Hammons ~ Donnie Hammons ~ Cody Hammons ~ Danny Hammons ~ Jake Gilliam ~ Tommy Jones
Interment: Antlers City Cemetery ~ Antlers, Oklahoma
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