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Ernest Ray Gilliam, Jr.

Dateline – Clinton, S.C.

Ernest Ray Gilliam, Jr., age 75, of 22846 Highway 72 East, passed away Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at his home.

He was born in Buffalo, N.Y., and was a son of the late Ernest Ray Gilliam, Sr. and Helen Mae Wicker Gilliam. He was a graduate of Newberry College and received his Master’s Degree in Education from the University of South Carolina. He coached Girls Basketball at Mid-Carolina High School and was the principal at Park Street Elementary and Little Mountain Elementary, and later retired from Whitten Center with 16 years of service. He was a member of Broad Street United Methodist Church.

Mr. Gilliam is survived by his wife, Mary Copeland Gilliam of the home; his two daughters, Stacy Gilliam Baucom (Brian) of Columbia and Kristen Reece of Joanna; his son, Alex Gilliam (fiancée, Bethany Parker) of Clinton; his brother, Larry Gilliam of Irmo; his sister, Linda Gilliam (Sammie) of Newberry; and his four grandchildren, Callie Baucom, James Gilliam, Jackson Reece, and Landon Gilliam.

In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by his sister, Maria Frick.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 6, 2018 at 3 p.m. at Broad Street United Methodist Church, with burial at Duncan Creek Presbyterian Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Friday, October 5, 2018 at Gray Funeral Home from 6 to 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Hospice of Laurens County, P.O. Box 178, Clinton, SC 29325 or a charity or church of one’s choice.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at

Gray Funeral Home of Clinton

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