Margaret O. Gilliam

Born in Nashville, TN on July 1, 1938

Departed on September 14, 2020

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Mrs. Margaret Gilliam, of Nashville, TN passed away September 14, 2020 at the age of 82 yrs. Homemaker, designer, baker, and extraordinary cook …. But, always a Lady, first and foremost.  She was the compassionate and supportive wife of Charles K. Gilliam, the love of her life, devoted to each other for 65 wonderful years, and a dedicated and nurturing “Mama” to everyone that came into her life She was the “glue” that kept the family together.  Her grandchildren knew her to be the one person who had all the answers, from making costumes for church plays and Halloween, to growing beloved petunias right out of cracks in the concrete … she knew how. She could lay tile and loved to paint.  She was the designer, and her husband, Charles, the builder. Let it be known, though, that of all the things she loved, she absolutely hated worms on the concrete outside after a hard-fallen rain.  Christmas was a favorite season as she would top off the Christmas feast by making everything everybody wanted.  Each family member has something special in mind and she managed to cook that very thing that they loved.  She will always be remembered for her Cheese Ball, Coconut Cake, Banana Pudding, and Chocolate Fudge Pie … all made from scratch.  Her love was in the details.  In later years, the light of her (and Charles’s) life was their precious “Dee”, Debra Rose.  She got them up and kept them going, and going, and going!

Mrs. Margaret Gilliam is predeceased by her husband, Charles K. Gilliam by 12 days. She is also preceded in death by her daughter, Debra Ann Davis; parents, John Calvin and Pearl Elizabeth Hand Thompson; brothers, Richard Raymond Thompson, Clint Jackson Thompson, John Calvin Thompson, Joe Edward Thompson and Calvin Eugene Rose; sisters, Ruby Elizabeth Carter, Carolyn Martha Thompson, Dora Lee Patterson. She is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Vickie and Don Keeton; brothers, Carlos Earl, David Bruce, and Ralph Monroe Thompson; sisters, Alma Jean Parker and Marilyn Ann Roberts; 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 a vast number of nieces and nephews, and her beloved Chloe.

Visitation for Mrs. Gilliam will be on Friday, September 18th, from 9:30 a.m. until the 11:00 a.m. service time at West Harpeth Funeral Home 6962 Charlotte Pike, Nashville, TN. Interment will follow at Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens, 9090 Hwy. 100 Nashville, TN.  Pastor Matt Wade will be officiating.

West Harpeth Funeral Home has the honor of serving Mrs. Gilliam’s family.

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7 Comments to Margaret O. Gilliam

  1. Ellen gross says:

    So sorry Vicki love you and am praying for you to have peace in this time of loss

  2. Margaret Martin Bush says:



    Vickie so sorry for your loss. I went to school with your mother. I remember her always having a beautiful smile. I knew the Gilliam family also. I know loosing your Dad and then your mom has been very hard on you just remember this. When the Lord calls our loved ones home, he leaves a gift of memories in exchange. 🦋

  4. Will Ferrell says:

    Vickie, we love you and are praying for you and Don and your family. Sending lots of love! Will and Candie

  5. Sandra Bolden Robinson says:

    So sorry for your loss. Deepest Sympathy. Warm hugs, love, and prayers for the Family. She was an awesome Christisn lady with a huge heart and beautiful smile. She was loved and will be missed. My cousin by marriage.
    Sandra Bolden Robinson

  6. Cindy Andrews says:

    I’m so sorry to see you lost your Mom so quickly after your Dad, but knowing they are together must give you great comfort. They will never have to part again and you will see them again. Thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  7. Diane Bain says:

    Vickie, iI am so sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers.

    Love you

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