Charles Avery Gilliam, 88, of Ronda passed away Sunday, June 30, 2019, at his home. Mr.  Gilliam was born Feb. 12, 1931, to Don Spurgon Gilliam and Myrtle Clementine Harris Gilliam.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Bobbie Ann Greene Gilliam; three brothers, D. Flake and wife, Evelyn, Robert and an infant brother, Rex; and two sisters, Norma Casstevens and husband, Gray, and Kathleen Pardue and husband, Glenn.

Mr. Gilliam is survived by his daughters, Jan Gilliam and Ann Deal and husband, Thomas; his grandsons, Charles “Chas” Deal and wife, Hannah, and Christopher Deal; a brother-in-law, O.L. “Lonnie” Brown and wife, Dottie; a sister-in-law, Dot Gilliam; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Mr. Gilliam served in the U.S. Army in England from 1951 to 1953 and was a lifelong member of Bethel Baptist Church.

Mr. Gilliam ran Ronda Hardware for 46 years. He helped establish the Ronda Fire Department and served as chief for 27 years. He played a supporting role in helping secure the building of the “new” Ronda bridge and bringing a branch of Yadkin Valley Bank to Ronda.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 6, 2019, at Bethel Baptist Church, with Dr. Steve Fowler officiating. Burial, with full military honors provided by the honor guard from Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10346, will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 Friday evening at Elkin Funeral Service.

Pallbearers will be Charles “Chas” Deal, Christopher Deal, Todd Gilliam, Jeff Pardue, Lonnie Brown, Danny Mathis, Mike Johnson and Mike Nichols. Honorary pallbearers will be John Drum and members of the Ronda Fire Department.

Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to Bethel Baptist Church, 2178 Bethel Road, Ronda, N.C. 28670 or Ronda Fire Department, P.O. Box 12164, Ronda, N.C. 28670.

Since Charles was an avid storyteller, the family grew up loving stories and would appreciate any memories that others may have of him or his wife, Bobbie Ann, Ronda Hardware, the Ronda Fire Department or life in Ronda. Memories may be sent to the Gilliam family at P.O. Box 306, Ronda, N.C. 28670 or email

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