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  • Emery Wilbert “Gilly” Gilliam, 1933 - 2020

Emery Wilbert “Gilly” Gilliam, 1933 - 2020

Emery Wilbert Gilliam was born July 31, 1933 to William and Lela Gilliam. He departed this life March 19, 2020, at the age of 86 years, seven months and 19 days.

“Gilly” as he was known by, grew up in and around the Depew area and remained a Depew area resident throughout his life. Emery Gilliam and Kay Wadley were united in marriage March 2, 1962; together they raised five children. They enjoyed 52 years of love and laughter before her passing Dec. 13, 2014. Gilly worked tirelessly to provide for his family in the oilfields as an employee of Krumme Oil until his retirement. He then had time to play on tractors and fish. As well, he loved spending time with his children and particularly his grandchildren.

Gilly is survived by two sons, Gary Gilliam and wife Marcia and Christopher Gilliam and wife Amanda, of Bristow; two daughters, Holly Gilliam of Tulsa and Jaclyn Chapman and husband James, of Broken Arrow; one sister, Ruth Kennedy, of California; along with thirteen grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, one daughter, Pamela Kay Gilmore, one brother, William Gilliam one sister, Hazel Hair and one great granddaughter.

Graveside services were 2 p.m., Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at Bristow City Cemetery. A family viewing was held from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. on Monday, March 23, 2020, at Hutchins-Maples Matherly Funeral Home.

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Bristow News Record

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