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Edward Edrew Gilliard, the son of the late Hubert and Eva Gilliard, was born in Hart County, GA on January 1, 1937.  He departed this life on June 26, 2017.

He was educated in the Franklin County School System.  He was baptized and became a member of New Light Baptist Church in Lavonia, GA on August 23, 1946.  Throughout his years of service at New Light Baptist Church, he served as Chairman of the Trustee Board, Sunday School Superintendent, Treasurer and Overseer of the Church Cemetery. After graduating, he served in the US. Army and the Army Reserve from 1960-1966.  He worked as a truck driver and automotive mechanic.

On May 16, 1963, he was joined in marriage to Vergie Lee Pinkston Gilliard, a union brought together by God and lasted for 54 years.  To this marriage three children were born and a lifetime of love and laughter began.

He leaves to cherish her memories:  his wife Vergie Lee Gilliard; his three children, Reginald Gilliard of Lavonia, GA, Randall Gilliard (Tamara) of Anderson SC and Ray Gilliard of Lavonia GA; two grandchildren Chandler Gilliard and Lauren Gilliard; one brother-in-law Lecel (Cynthia) Pinkston; one sister-in-law Willie J. Dae; a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, friends and church family.

Funeral service will be held on Thursday, June 29, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at New Light Baptist Church, with Pastor David Johnson officiating,  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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  • Thursday, June 29, 2017
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  • Thursday, June 29, 2017
    We will miss you uncle.
    ~ Sheryl   Atlanta, GA
  • Thursday, July 06, 2017
    My sincere condolences to the family. May you find strength from the words of 2 Corinthians 1:3, 4 which reads: "3 Praised be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our trials " Yes our loving God deeply cares about each one of us. He thus has made the SURE promise of a resurrection right here on earth when it is restored to a beautiful paradise (Psalms 37:9-11, 29; John 5:28, 29; Isaiah 55;11). Can you see yourself welcoming back to life your loved ones? What a joy it will bring all of us. Find out more about this resurrection online at JW.ORG
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