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Eileen Rose Pearce Gilliam

• Updated Mar 21, 2016 at 4:55 PM

JOHNSON CITY - Heaven’s gates swung wide open, early this Spring Monday morning, March 21, 2016, as our Queen Mother, Eileen Rose Pearce Gilliam, alighted from her chartered chariot, to place her dancing feet on streets of gold. A heavenly orchestra ushered Eileen to her reception party, just past the gates of pearl, toward the throne room of Almighty God. A glorious celebration ensued as she was greeted by kith and kin. Mum and Marie welcomed her with open arms while Neal and David embraced her in the circle of eternal life. God, himself, wiped away her tears and crowned her with peace and righteousness. Her beloved children Tony, Patsy, Pam, Penny and Sabrina gave her their blessings to go before them, to rest on Heaven’s shore. Promising to meet at the pre- appointed place, The River of Life.

Eileen was a war bride from London, England. She was a servant of the Lord Jesus Christ. She loved her family, a good hot cup of tea, her dancing shoes, a long ride in the country, and beautiful flower gardens. She had a great sense of humor and was quite the performer. Mom’s presence commanded attention and when she quoted her poetry, all gave ear to her verses. Loved by all who met her, cherished by those who loved her, and inspired by those to whom she ministered. She was the heart and soul of our family. We will love her forever, we will like her for always, as long as we are living, our mother she will be.

Eileen was preceded in death by: her parents, George David and Mary Rose Reynolds Pearce; husband of 46 years, Rev. C.V. “Neal” Gilliam, Jr.; one brother, George Pearce; one sister, Marie McNally; and one son, David V. Gilliam.

Survivors include: five children, Rev. Tony Gilliam and his wife Carolyn, of Johnson City, Patsy Townsend and her husband David, of Kingsport, Pam Pearce and her husband Bill, of Johnson City, Penny Hagy and her husband Jim, of Kingsport, Sabrina Smith and her husband David, of Kingsport; eight grandsons; one granddaughter, six great grandsons, one great granddaughter, one great-great grandson; special nieces and nephews in England and America; and one beautiful furry friend, Charmaine.

The family would like to give a special thank you to Mountain States Hospice, especially Ruby.

The family of Eileen Gilliam will receive friends from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at Tri-Cities Church of God, 238 Jonesboro Rd., Piney Flats. The funeral service will follow at 7:00 PM with Rev. Richard Bawgus officiating. Pallbearers will be Eileen’s eight grandsons. Family and friends are asked to meet at the funeral home by 10:30 AM Thursday to go in procession to Washington County Memory Gardens for 11:00 AM graveside services.

Memories and condolences may be shared with the Gilliam family via www.morrisbaker.com.

Morris-Baker Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2001 E. Oakland Ave., Johnson City, is serving the Gilliam family. (423) 282-1521

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