Mr. Charles K. Gilliam of Nashville, TN passed away September 2, 2020 at the age of 83 yrs. He enjoyed old westerns, was an avid lifelong mechanic and a racer. His claim to fame was appearing as a stunt double in the 1967 film, “Track of Thunder”, where his job in the film was to wreck a car at the Nashville Speedway.
During his lifetime, Mr. Gilliam raised 3 families and was so proud of every one of them. Family or not, he helped everyone, from graduating college to feeding the hungry and fixing cars. He was one of a kind; a quiet man of great integrity. He will long be remembered for sitting down to family dinners and eating with a slice of Colonial Bread in his left hand …. a standard for him at mealtime. He leaves behind so many loving family members and so many wonderful memories.
Mr. Gilliam is predeceased by his parents, Kennith and Louise Darnell Gilliam; brother, Jimmy Gilliam; sister, Faye Gilliam Martin; and daughter, Debra Ann Gilliam Davis. He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Margaret Thompson Gilliam; daughter, Vickie Gilliam Keeton and son-in-law, Don; grandchildren, Chuck Fuller (Janna), Christie Fuller Bissinger (Aaron), Megan Elizabeth Keeton (Jane); Jamie Keeton (Katie); 4 great grandchildren, Debra Rose Fuller, Bennett and Grayson Keeton, and James Taylor, along with numerous nieces, nephews, brothers and sisters-in-law.
Services for Mr. Gilliam will be held on Saturday, September 5, 2020 at 11:30 a.m. in the Chapel of West Harpeth Funeral Home, 6962 Charlotte Pike, Nashville, TN. Pastor Tim Turney will preside. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. and extend until service time. Mr. Gilliam will be laid to rest at Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens 9090 Hwy. 100, Nashville, TN.
West Harpeth Funeral Home has the honor of serving Mr. Gilliam’s family.