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Gerald Tate Gilliam

October 19, 1940 — August 3, 2021

Gerald Tate Gilliam

Gerald Tate Gilliam of South Boston, VA passed away August 3, 2021.  He was born in Halifax County, VA on October 19, 1940 and was 80 years of age. He was the son of the late Robert Lee Gilliam and the late Louise Tate Gilliam


Gerald was a member of the South Boston-Halifax County Museum. He served on the Board of Directors in many different capacities including being a past president, the head of the Display Committee and the Research Committee. But, beyond official titles he was an all-around wealth of knowledge when it came to the history of Halifax County and surrounding counties. He also served on the Charlotte County Association of Preservation of Virginia Antiquities. Gerald had a passion for photography and many of his photographs are in the archives at the museum; from time to time, they are displayed and his artistry is shared. Gerald will be missed by many. 

Gerald Tate Gilliam is survived by:

His Brother

Thomas Reed Gilliam

Nieces and Nephews

Ann Criner

David Berg

James Wessells

Megan Wessells

Lisa Brooks

Tim Gilliam

John Gilliam


***Preceded in death by***

Two Sisters

Roberta Berg and Mary Louise Wessells


A memorial service will be held August 18, 2021 at 2:00 P.M. at Powell Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Susan Davis officiating. Burial to follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery.


The family will receive friends August 18, one hour prior to the service at Powell Funeral Home.


For memorials, please consider a charity of your choice or the South Boston-Halifax County Museum, P.O. Box 383, South Boston, VA 24592.


Online condolences may be directed to


Arrangements are by: Powell Funeral Home, 1603 Wilborn Ave., South Boston, VA 24592. 


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