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Welton "Ornie" Arnold Gilliam, Jr.

June 2, 1954 December 21, 2019
Welton "Ornie" Arnold Gilliam, Jr.
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Obituary for Welton "Ornie" Arnold Gilliam, Jr.

Welton Arnold Gilliam Jr., was born on June 2, 1954 in Sherman, Texas to the late Welton Sr. and Margie (Edmondson) Gilliam. He received his education through Sherman Independent School District, and was a graduate of the class of 1972. He attended college at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff on a football scholarship.
Welton, who all knew him as “Ornie” was a devoted Denver Bronco fan who loved old school music, playing dominos and spending time with family and friends. Ornie was that guy that whenever he was around he was always full of life and shared many of his “famous quotes” that often had to rhyme. He never met a stranger, he was always friendly and had conversation for everyone he came in contact with.
Welton was a general laborer who worked various construction and concrete jobs throughout Grayson County and the metro area. He loved working outside and spent his entire life doing exactly what he loved. He also worked as a contractor at IBM early in his career.
Welton transitioned from this life on the morning of December 21, 2019 in Sherman, Texas. He is proceeded in death by his parents, and niece, LaShanna R. Gilliam.
Those left to cherish his memories are his son, Theron McCray (Danielle), Cantonville, Maryland; brother, Donald R. Gilliam, Sherman, Texas; Sheila Martin (Michael), Longmont, Colorado, and a host of nieces and nephews from Arizona, California, Colorado and Texas, as well as many cousins, relatives and friends. He will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved him.


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Friday

27

Dec

10:00 AM 12/27/2019 10:00:00 AM - 6:00 PM 12/27/2019 6:00:00 PM
Cravens Funeral Home

225 W Brockett Street
Sherman, TX 75090

Cravens Funeral Home
225 W Brockett Street Sherman 75090 TX
United States

Family Night

Friday

27

Dec

7:00 PM 12/27/2019 7:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 12/27/2019 8:00:00 PM
Cravens Funeral Home

225 W Brockett Street
Sherman, TX 75090

Cravens Funeral Home
225 W Brockett Street Sherman 75090 TX
United States

Funeral

Saturday

28

Dec

10:00 AM 12/28/2019 10:00:00 AM
Progressive Missionary Baptist Church

1101 E. Houston St
Sherman, TX 75090

Progressive Missionary Baptist Church
1101 E. Houston St Sherman 75090 TX
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Bethel Bells Cemetery Final Resting Place

2575 W. Vernon St
Bells, TX 75414

2575 W. Vernon St Bells 75414 TX
United States
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