Born in Kennett, Missouri on August 12, 1928, to the late Oliver and Osa Alice Gilliam, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force at age seventeen.
After serving in Occupied Japan, he married Dortha Wayne in Kennett, Missouri on September 2, 1950. He served in Korea during the Korean Conflict and remained on active duty until 1966 retiring at Truax Field, Madison, WI.
After leaving active duty, Bill worked for Ohio Medical Products in Madison until his retirement in 1993. Shortly thereafter, Bill and Dortha moved to their dream home in Bartlett where Bill drove school buses for Shelby County until last year. Bill loved his yard and was honored with yard of the month several times by his neighborhood association.
More importantly, Bill loved God. He was Sunday School Superintendent for many years at Calvary Gospel Church in Madison and served in a variety of other capacities as well. After moving to Bartlett, Bill and Dortha joined The Pentecostal Church of Memphis where he was active in many ways in various ministries and activities of the church.
Bill is survived by his wife of 57 years Dortha; their daughter and her husband, Connie and Pastor Kenneth Mandley, of Turtle Lake, WI; and two sons and their wives, Rev. Michael and Joy Gilliam, of St. Paul, MN and Keith and Beth Gilliam of Tarpon Springs, Florida
. In addition Bill is survived by six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren; 14 brothers and sisters; numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Funeral services for William Morton Gilliam will be held 11 a.m. at The Pentecostal Church of Memphis. Pastor Terry Black will officiate.
Burial will be at Memorial Park Southwood Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call from six to eight p.m. on Sunday at the church.
In Lieu of flowers, donations may be given to The Pentecostal Church Gilliam Memorial American Flag Fund.