Larry Gilliam

Larry Dale Gilliam left this earth for his next great adventure at 9:50 a.m. on Sunday, December 9, 2018 surrounded by the people who loved him most.

Larry was born in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky to James and Elva Gilliam on August 15, 1950. He was the fourth of five children: an older brother, a sister, and a very special twin sister born just one-half hour before him. Another sister was born several years later.

Larry graduated from Harding High School in 1969 and was enrolled at DeVry University when he was drafted into the Army. He served an extended tour of duty in Vietnam and was very proud of his veteran status.

Larry returned from Vietnam and began a career at Eaton Corporation, where he worked for 22 years. At age 43, he was able to realize his dream of starting his own business with the launch of L. D. Gilliam Construction.

Larry suffered a devastating injury in 1998 that left him with limited mobility and speech. He faced this challenge with great courage and dignity. He was thankful for every day of his life, and he brought laughter and joy to everyone who knew him.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Brenda, who, along with his sister Joyce, will cherish his memory for the remainder of their days.

In keeping with Larry’s wishes, there will be no calling hours. A celebration of his life will be planned at a later date. On a bright, sunny day in the near future, Larry’s ashes will be spread upon the graves of his ancestors on a small family cemetery high on a mountaintop in Eastern Kentucky.

Anyone wishing to make a charitable donation in Larry’s name please consider “Homes for Our Troops” which builds or adapts homes for veterans with physical limitations. Online condolences may be given at


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