Charles K. Gilliam

Born on March 4, 1937

Departed on September 2, 2020

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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.

7 Comments to Charles K. Gilliam

  1. Judy Potantus
    September 3, 2020 5:40 pm

    Condolences to Margaret ,Vicki, Kristy, Chuck and Family
    Remembering fond memories when we were children and
    teenagers. We had good times! Families gathers. May you
    find comfort knowing others care about you. RIP Charles
    you are home.

  2. Debra Beckham
    September 3, 2020 6:35 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of the sad loss. My prayers and thoughts for each and everyone of you. Margaret my heart goes out to you knowing how you are feeling of the lost of your soul mate, best friend, companion, and the love of your life. You are truly in my deepest prayer.

  3. Vickie Keeton
    September 4, 2020 1:01 am

    For those who read this, I would like to thank everyone for their sweet thoughts and prayers. Mom is very sick too. She is in the hospital under palliative care. The only comfort we can gain in this is that they will soon be together again.

    • Andy myatt
      September 4, 2020 12:05 pm

      So sorry loss your father, Vicki. My heart goes out to your family & those whom knew him.Such a Great man, missed by many.

  4. Cindy Lockhart
    September 4, 2020 2:00 pm

    So sorry to hear this and prayers sent to the family.

  5. Brenda Fewell MURPHY
    September 4, 2020 3:44 pm

    My heart is so sad to hear this. What a WONDERFUL,caring loving person is was. We would always run into them at Cracker Barrel and he would come up to me and say “Aren’t you gonna to speak to a good looking man and I would say I sure will when I see one, he would always get a good laugh. Fly high Charles because you earned them Wings. My heart goes out to all of you with lots of love. God has gained another Angel. I Love you all!!! 🙁

  6. Brenda schoate and family
    September 6, 2020 8:08 pm

    I’m sorry I didn’t know till. Now he was such a sweet man he will be missed prayers go out to the family with love sister Brenda

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