Johnny L. Gilliam, 74, Jasper

Johnny L. Gilliam, 74, of Jasper, died Thursday, September 3, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. He was born in Chicago October 29, 1945, to Johnnie Sr. and Olivia (Williams) Gilliam.

Johnny was a 1964 graduate of Hirsch High School in Chicago. He graduated from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois, in 1968 with a bachelor’s degree in engineering. He retired from Verizon in Jasper, where he was employed for over 15 years. After retirement he was a substitute teacher for Greater Jasper School Corporation, mostly for Jasper High School. He was a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and was a high school football and basketball referee.

He is survived by two daughters, Kimberly M. Gilliam, Tampa, Florida, and Tiffany Gilliam-Hanlon and husband Joshua, Valatie, New York; one granddaughter, Jayla Gilliam, Valatie, New York; two brothers, James Gilliam and wife Gayle and Donald Gilliam, all of Chicago; one aunt, Larvell Anderson, Chicago; and cousins, nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one sister, Betty Jean Henderson.

Memorial services will be held at a later date. Becher-Kluesner Funeral Home in Jasper is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences can be shared at