William Franklin “Frank” Gilliam, Sr.

     October 17, 1945 - June 9, 2016

William Franklin “Frank” Gilliam, Sr., age 70, of Monticello, passed from this life on Thursday, June 9, 2016, in Somerset.

Frank was born in Rome, Georgia, on October 17, 1945, son of the late James Preston and Hazel Williams Gilliam.  On January 30, 1964, in Selma, Indiana, he married Connie Saylor, the love of his life.  They celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary at the Miami Homestead Speedway.  He was a retired tool maker for the General Motors Company.  After retiring, Frank continued to work as a self-employed master carpenter and heat and cool specialist.

He is survived by his two sons, William Franklin Gilliam, II, of Monticello, and Travis Scott (and Sondra) Gilliam, of Greenwood, Indiana; his brothers, James Preston (and Pam) Gilliam, of Echo Point, and David Paul (and Karen) Gilliam, of Muncie, Indiana; his sisters, Carol Ann (and Merle) Saunders, of Selma, Indiana, and Billie Faye (and Chuck) Messersmith, of Winchester, Indiana; his grandchildren, Courtney (and Brandon) Tate, Bradley Gilliam and Alex Gilliam; his great-granddaughter, Aria Tate; his nephews and nieces, Jason, Damon, Rachel, Chad, Drew, Jeri Ann, Joe Alan, Brent and Karicia; and many other family members and friends, all who will mourn his passing.

Frank is preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife, Connie, who passed away April 23, 2016; and his daughter, Toni Michelle Gilliam.

All services will be privately held by Frank’s family.