CHARLESTON - Gov. Jim Justice has issued a proclamation ordering that all West Virginia State flags on the Capitol Complex and All State-owned facilities throughout Logan County be displayed at half-staff from dawn to dusk on Friday, January 11, 2019, in remembrance of former Delegate Charles Gilliam.
Gilliam, 89, of Charleston, formerly of Logan, died Jan. 7.
Charles moved to West Virginia in 1933 with his parents. He attended Logan County Schools. He joined the U.S. Army during the Korean War and then late joined the U.S. Marines and later served in the National Guard, achieving the rank of Master Sargent during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Charles retired from the Pittston Coal Group with 48 years of service and was a member of the UMWA. As a member of the WV House of Delegates, he served the people of Logan and Lincoln counties for 16 years.
He is survived by his sons Charles Jr. (Jill) Gilliam of Charleston and Shawn (Jennifer) Gilliam of Morgantown; also his lone remaining sister, Herma Elkins of Switzer; his grandchildren Zoey and Reagan Gilliam, Ashley (Jay) Zollars and their children Hudson Elizabeth and Jillian of Worthington, Ohio; grandson Jordan of Taiwan; daughter-in-law Patty Gilliam of Logan.
Funeral services for Charles will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, January 11, 2019, at Honaker Funeral Home in Logan. Entombment will follow in Highland Memory Gardens at Godby. Friends may call on the family on Friday from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.
The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Kanawha Hospice House, 4605 MacCorkle Ave. SW, Charleston, WV 25301. For email condolences go to www.honakerfuneralhome.org. Honaker Funeral Home of Logan is in charge of arrangements.