Funeral service for Johnny Major Gilliam age 84 of Olla will be held 1:00 PM Sunday July 7, 2019 from the Olla chapel of Riser & Son Funeral Home with Rev. Bo Prather officiating. Interment with full military honors will follow in the Chickasaw Cemetery east of Olla, LA. Visitation will be on Sunday from 10:00 AM until time of service at the funeral home.
Johnny Major Gilliam was born on August 20, 1935 in Urania, Louisiana to the union of his parents, Arch Gilliam and Lena Varnell Gilliam. He passed from this life on July 5, 2019. He was preceded in death by his parents, Arch and Lena Gilliam; two brothers: Arch Gilliam, Jr. and James Smith; two sisters: Geraldine Gilliam Hatten and Katie Smith; daughter, Sheila Young and two grandsons: Jeromy Spruell and Logan Franklin.
Johnny was a retired truck driver and a hard worker his entire life. He served his country as a United States Navy Veteran. He was proud of his service for our nation. He was a man of many talents, he could do anything. His greatest accomplishment in life was his wife of sixty years and his children and grandchildren whom he loved and cherished the most. Johnny was the kindest and most thoughtful person you would ever meet. If you had a problem his door was always open to anyone that needed shelter, food, love or just some good advice. He always kept God close to his heart and soul. God knows he's taken home a great selfless man who will be missed so much. He was our family rock. We love and miss you already, but we know you're not hurting anymore. God bless him. Rest in Peace.
Those left to cherish a lifetime of memories and love are his wife, Ann Gilliam; his daughters: Donna Stewart and husband, Buck, Pat Gilliam and Richard, Sandy Lee, Dee-Dee Gilliam and Bubba; his son, Johnny Wayne Gilliam and wife, Kristi; his grandchildren: Danny,
Robbie, Damon, J. T. and Ethon Young, Dustin and Joseph Lee, Joey Fuzzell, Storm Kasey Stewart, Tristan, Britt and Maleah Gilliam; eleven great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Serving as pallbearers will be Joseph Lee, Dustin Lee, Joey Fuzzell, Storm Kasey Stewart, Tristan Gilliam and Britt Gilliam. Honorary pallbearer is Maleah Gilliam.