March 29, 2024

Marlene Lavon Gilliam, 73, passed away on Sunday, March 24, 2024, in Wise, Va., in an automotive accident.

She was a private care caregiver. She loved flowers, her family and her friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles Gilliam and Vera (Ward) Elkins; and brothers, Neal Ward and twin brothers, Michael and Mitchell Elkins.

Surviving are her daughter, Deanna Hensley of Springfield, Ore.; brother, Larry Gilliam and wife Carol of Norton, Va.; a sister, Ruby Church of Norton, Va.; and several nieces and nephews.

Arrangements are private.

Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve Ms. Gilliam’s family.

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