Frances Silvey Gilliam

Frances Silvey Gilliam

November 23, 1926 - November 13, 2018

Frances Silvey Gilliam was born November 23, 1926, to Herman and Nancy Silvey in Dunmore, Kentucky, and passed away Tuesday, November 13, 2018, at Baptist Health Corbin.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Dr. L.U. Gilliam; a son, David; parents, Herman and Nancy Silvey; and her five brothers: Kenneth, Ray, Morris, Melvin, and Brice Silvey.

She is survived by her three daughters:  Dr. Pamela Lusk, Dr. Melanie Hampton (Cecil), and Dr. Beverly Abney (Bill);  eight precious grandchildren:  Dr. Sarah Louie (Brian), Dr. Rachel Lusk, Hannah Chambers (Erik), Joel Lusk (Ariella), Leah Gartrell (Jeff), Melanie Barajas (Mario), Denise Orun, and Kristi Thurston(Matt); great grandchildren: Ella, Millie Frances, Caleb, Asher, Mario, Annika, Morgan, Addison, and Ethan; two sisters Naomi Chumley and Evelyn Harmon; and many nieces and nephews.

Frances was an avid supporter of the Girl Scouts and served as a Troop Leader for many years.  She was a member of the coveted Silver Trefoil Organization of the Wilderness Road council of the Kentucky Girl Scouts.  She also loved being a member of the Corbin Ossoli Club and Beta Sigma Phi sorority. She was a dedicated nurse who practiced many years in Corbin and was the former Director of Nursing at Baptist Health Corbin.  Most importantly, she was a long-time member of Central Baptist Church, serving in many leadership roles and as a Sunday School and Awana teacher.  She loved her God, her church, and her community. 

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Saturday, November 17, 2018, at Central Baptist Church with Pastor Chad Fugitt and Bro. James Vandy officiating.  Burial will follow in Rest Haven Cemetery with Kim Cleary, Carl Rains, Dennis Hart, Cecil Hampton, Joel Lusk, and Bill Abney serving as pallbearers.

The family will receive friends from 12 – 2 P.M. Saturday at Central Baptist Church 201 West 4th Street Corbin, KY 40701.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are suggested to Central Baptist Church or Girl Scouts of Kentucky Wilderness Road 2277 Executive Drive Lexington, KY 40505.

  • Robb And Pam Hall
    Posted at 20:04h, 14 November Reply

    Francis was a marvelous woman and one of my favorite people. Our empathy and sympathy to Bev and the girls.

  • lee browning
    Posted at 20:32h, 14 November Reply

    I am so sorry for your loss. she was a sweet and loving person we will miss her prayers for all of you. love Lee Browning

  • Denny Liford
    Posted at 20:44h, 14 November Reply

    Bev, I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers and hugs.

  • Fred Lane
    Posted at 20:50h, 14 November Reply

    Sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. I remember her as a kind and wonderful lady. Peace be with you.

  • Bonni Sutton
    Posted at 00:28h, 15 November Reply

    So sorry to hear this praying for family

  • Gina Lockhart
    Posted at 00:55h, 15 November Reply

    So sad to hear this, have known Frances since I was a child….lived on 5th St across from her…such a fabulous woman…will be missed!!!

  • Carla Miles-Wadlington
    Posted at 02:47h, 15 November Reply

    Saddened to hear of Mrs. Gilliam’s passing. So many fond memories of how special she treated me up at the old hospital, SEKBH, while my Mom Ruth Miles worked in the gift shop! Such an encourager to a little girl!

  • Jennifer Smith
    Posted at 02:59h, 15 November Reply

    Bev, Melanie,& Pam and your families, you’re all in my thoughts and prayers over your loss! Frances was a very special friend to our family and we loved her like family. God bless each of you!

  • Dolores(Tex) McCaslin
    Posted at 05:54h, 15 November Reply

    There are no words to describe this beautiful friend.

    She protected me from Camp Earl Wallace and Lord knows we can t talk about Band Camp!!
    Love you all Travel safely and may God Hold you in the Palm of HIS Hand

    Dolores AKA Tex

  • Jan manning
    Posted at 12:30h, 15 November Reply

    So sorry for your loss. She was a blessing to me. So honored to have known her.

  • Evajane and Gayle Green
    Posted at 13:26h, 15 November Reply

    Bev and Family,
    Gayle and I are so deeply sorry to hear about Frances. She was such a wonderful, kind and loving woman. To those who knew and loved her, she will truly be missed. May the love and comfort of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all today and in the days ahead. Please know that we are keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Robin Gambrel
    Posted at 15:10h, 16 November Reply

    Bev and Girlsso sorry and sad to learn of Ms Francis passing. She was a sweet wonderful lady and I will miss our FB interaction! Loved her . Thought and prayers for you all!

  • Adrienne Millett & Gary Abney
    Posted at 02:35h, 17 November Reply

    So saddened about the passing of Mrs. Gilliam. It’s been a pleasure knowing her, enjoying her and learning so much about her life. She will be missed.
    Gary and Adrienne

  • D. Harris
    Posted at 14:26h, 17 November Reply

    Dear Family, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your dear loved one and send you my sincere condolences. May you find comfort from God’s word at Revelation 21:3,4 and John 5:28,29. Heartfelt prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  • Della Martin
    Posted at 14:43h, 17 November Reply

    Girls, Louie and I want you to know you have our deepest sympathy. Your mother and father meant so much to us.

  • Mona L. Dean
    Posted at 16:05h, 17 November Reply

    Condolences and prayers are offered in memory of Frances. As a nursing student in the 60’s Mrs. Gilliam hired me to work as a nursing assistant at SEKBH for 2 summers. I so admired her; she was gracious and so professional! In more recent years we connected on Facebook and Mrs. Gilliam gave me permission to call her Frances; she was a class act. She was a wonderful woman, and you Gilliam girls were blessed to have had her as your mother. Thoughts of peace and love are with each of you.

  • Julie Karr
    Posted at 18:38h, 17 November Reply

    I am saddened by the loss of a wonderful lady….she was the epitome, of character, strength, compassion and inspiration….she leaves behind a legacy for her family and friends…it was an honor to have known her as a PCA and as a Nurse…God bless the family and friends with comfort, strength and peace now and in the difficult days to come…she will remain in our hearts always

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