Randolph Gilliam

Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery

        Randolph Gilliam, son of the late Frank and Mollie Gilliam, was born on June 9, 1927, in Oxford, North Carolina. His family continues to be long-standing members of The Timothy Darling Presbyterian Church where he was baptized at an early age.

        Randolph attended school in Granville County. As a young man he moved to New York where he reared a family and worked for over thirty years.

        In 1980, he moved to Powhatan, Virginia, where he was employed until his retirement in 1992, as an officer by the Virginia Department of Corrections.

        Randolph was a friendly, outgoing person who was deeply devoted to his family and was always willing to help others.

        He is survived by his devoted wife, Mabel Bell Gilliam; his children: Sandra Long, Randye Gilliam, and Douglas Randolph Gilliam of New York; his step daughters; Dietrich Brown of Maryland, Denise Haskins of Virginia, and Saundra Townes of Maryland; his grandchildren; Russel Long, Reginald Long, Chanise Gilliam, Tory Gilliam, Dameon Haskins, and Deneal Haskins. He is also survived by his step-mother, Betty Gilliam; sisters: Laura Mays, Eva Elam, Doris Wright, and Mary Nell Brown of North Carolina; brothers, Wilbert and Hollie of Maryland and James of North Carolina; an uncle, Ruffin Watkins; a daughter-in-law, Pattie Gilliam; sons-in-law: Walter Long, Leonard Brown, and Douglas Townes; sister-in-law, Helen Galloway of California, Dorothy of Baltimore, Maryland, and Buthine of Oxford, North Carolina; brothers-in-law; Joel, James, and Wallace Bell of Powhatan, William Elam of Oxford, North Carolina, and James Brown and Leon Wright of Durham, North Carolina; one devoted friend, Irvin Bell; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and other friends.

Although it is hard to understand
Why certain things must be,
But there is a reason for it all,
Beyond our power to see.
Beyond the gate our loved one,
Finds happiness and rest.
There is comfort in the thought,
That a loving God knows best.


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