William “Bill” Gilliam, age 93, of Brumley, passed away on Sunday, December 31, 2017, at Osage Beach Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center. He was born in Brumley on September 5, 1924, son of the late Claud and Verna (Wooliver) Gilliam. On April 21, 1945 in Miller County, Bill married the love of his life, Dorlas Louise Luttrell, who preceded him in death on November 9, 2016. They were married 71 blissful years.
Bill served in the United States Army during WWII in the Battle of the Bulge and was honorably discharged on September 26, 1945. Bill was in the Second Armored Division Tank Squad with Company G, 66th Regiment in the European Theater. He was wounded in January of 1945 during the Battle of the Bulge and was later awarded the Purple Heart for his courageous efforts.
Bill worked for MODOT for 33 years. He dedicated 50 years as a member of the Masons at Iberia, Abo Ben Adhem Shriners of Springfield and was a past member of Iberia VFW Post 6167 and American Legion Post 105.  Bill was a dedicated member and elder of Rodden Church of Christ in Brumley.
He is survived by three daughters: Charlene Luttrell and husband Gary D. of Brumley; Becky Malmberg and husband Randy of Iberia; Beth Beckett and husband Mike of Lathrop; son Billy Gilliam and wife Gay of Iberia; son-in-law Gary L. Luttrell of Iberia; 16 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and his sister, Maxine Duncan of Bentown.
He was preceded in death by two daughters, Colene Luttrell and Linda Baker; four brothers, Roy, Gene, Ray, and Oscar Gilliam; and one sister, Christine.
Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with services immediately following at 1 p.m., on Friday, January 5, at Fancher-Rekus Funeral Home in Iberia. Bro. Manuel Seaton will officiate. Interment with military honors will be held in Lake Memorial Gardens in Osage Beach.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Shriners Children’s Hospital or Hospice Compassus.
Condolences may be shared with the family at www.fancher-rekusfuneralhomes.com.