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Charles Anthony Gilliam
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  • Salvation Army
    P.O. Drawer 70579
    N. Charleston, SC 29415

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“Charlie, it has been a real pleasure to share Exchange Club meetings and lunch with you for the past 2 years. You are a real gentleman and will be...Read More »
1 of 10 | Posted by: Kim Collins - Summerville, SC

“Sending my sincere prayers and condolences to the family of my friend mr.Charlie, a good Christian man,i will miss him so much from our walk and...Read More »
2 of 10 | Posted by: A friend

“Charlie and attended Citadel Square many years ago He was my Church softball Coach. and were in Exchange together. He was a mentor to me. Sadly...Read More »
3 of 10 | Posted by: Paul Graves Sr - Charleston, SC

“I am so sorry to hear of Coach's passing. He was one of the finest men I ever knew. Unfortunately I will miss the viewing I am out of town. ”
4 of 10 | Posted by: Marvin Sineath - Charleston, SC

“I am so sorry to hear of Coach's passing. Unfortunately I am out of town and will miss the viewing. Charlie was a one of the finest men I ever knew. ”
5 of 10 | Posted by: Marvin Sineath - Charleston, SC


6 of 10 | Posted by: Marvin Sineath - Charleston, SC

“Charles was such a wonderful man He and Ruth were very close to my Mother and Daddy, Myrtle and Sammie Payne. I remember the good times when we...Read More »
7 of 10 | Posted by: Eleanor Mitchem - Moore, SC

“Sending our thoughts and prayers on the loss of Mr. Charles. He will be greatly missed here at the Citadel Mall. Our deepest condolences. From the...Read More »
8 of 10 | Posted by: Jason (Security Director-Citadel Mall) Davison - SC

“We met Charlie as a Member of the Exchange Club. He was always a gentleman and fun to be around. We will all miss his positive energy and Christian...Read More »
9 of 10 | Posted by: Cecil Dye - Hollywood, SC

“So terribly sad to hear the new of Charlie's passing. He was such a wonderful man and amazing member of The Exchange Club of Charleston. Our club...Read More »
10 of 10 | Posted by: Buzz Buske - Mount Pleasant, SC


Charles "Charlie" Anthony Gilliam, 95, of Charleston, South Carolina, widower of Ruth Ivey Gilliam entered into eternal rest Tuesday, May 1, 2018. His Funeral Service will be held Saturday, May 5, 2018 in Citadel Square Baptist Church, 328 Meeting Street at 12:00 p.m. Interment, Live Oak Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends Friday from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. in J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. Downtown Chapel.

Charlie was born April 8, 1923 in Spartanburg, South Carolina, son of the late Samuel Gilliam and Eugenia Byars Gilliam. He was a retired supervisor with the South Carolina Department of Agriculture. Charlie was a member of Citadel Square Baptist Church where he organized the Joy Group and was also the choir director for the Joy Group. He was active in the Exchange Club of Charleston and Strict Observance Lodge # 73, A.F.M. Charlie was a volunteer police man for the City of Charleston for over 30 years. He volunteered for Meals on Wheels and loved to coach baseball for the City of Charleston Recreation Department. Charlie was past president of Mitchell School PTA. He was a member of Charleston City Council and was Mayor Pro-Tem in 1973. Charlie received the Lonnie Long award for volunteering for the Exchange Club of Charleston as well as the Senior Living Longevity Award from the Charleston Commission on Aging. He was also listed in "Who's Who" for South Carolina Politics.

Charlie was an avid golfer and once shot a "Whole in One" at the Charleston Municipal Golf Course. He was very active and enjoyed walking with friends at The Citadel Mall. Charlie was generous to a fault and will be truly missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by his two daughters, Marta G. Boggs of Mount Pleasant, SC and Charlotte G. Townsend of Charleston, SC; five grandchildren: Nicole Wilder (Bareiss), Ashlie McGuire, Ali Wilson (Chris), Thomas Townsend and Lorraine Perazzola (Carl); and 10 great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army, P.O. Drawer 70579, N. Charleston, SC 29415 or Ashley River Baptist Church Television Ministry, 1101 Savannah Highway, Charleston, SC 29407.