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Stella McKinney Gilliam


Stella McKinney Gilliam, 92, died Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2017 in Woodhaven Nursing Center in Lumberton. She was born Aug. 13, 1924, in Rockingham County, the daughter of the late Jesse David McKinney and Mary Ellen Somers McKinney. She was the widow of Rev. Maurice Holt Gilliam. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents; five brothers, Benjamin, Percy, William Grey, Whitt and Emmitt McKinney; and four sisters, Connie Ross, Hortense Lamb, Naomi Burton, and Doris Robertson.
Her funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 23 at New Hope Baptist Church with Dr. Darrin Moore officiating. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22 at Peacock Funeral Home.
She is survived by one son, Larry Maurice Gilliam and wife, Katrina, of Whiteville; one daughter, Sandra Kay Gilliam Warner of Simi Valley, Calif.; four grandchildren, Dr. Kimberly Warner Alfano and husband, Mark, Anthony B. Warner, Dr. Karen Gilliam Raifordand and husband, Neil, and Michael Warren Gilliam; and four great-grandchildren, Isabella Gabriella Alfano, Benjamin Hunter Raiford, Thomas Holt Raiford, Turner Cheyney Raiford.
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