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William Robert Gilliam III

by David Specht

William Robert Gilliam III, known to his friends as Bob, was born Jan 26, 1959 in Columbus, GA and died unexpectedly in Chatham LA on Thursday, Feb 6th, 2020. 

Bob is survived by his wife, Erin Soleto-Gilliam, daughters Kelsey Elise Gilliam and Kailey Alaina Gilliam, his father William Robert Gilliam Jr, sister, Laura Gilliam Bryant and husband Carl, nephews James (JC) Bryant and spouse Kaylee and Jacob Bryant. 

He was preceded in death by his mother, Loretta Murrell Gilliam Lampkin and step-father Frank M. Lampkin. 

Bob grew up in Shreveport- Bossier City. He traveled after College, was a proud veteran of the United States Army and a long-time resident and active community member of Minden Louisiana. Bob developed a love for flying as a child.  He was a skilled A&P licensed aircraft mechanic and pilot, and he was passionate about his flying career. Bob enjoyed hobbies that included many sport cars, riding motorcycles and road trips with his “buddies.” Being with family was what Bob loved most — grilling burgers, traveling, going on runs, filming recitals and soccer matches and any event that included cheese! His proudest accomplishment was being the father of his two beautiful daughters. Bob will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

 A reception celebrating his life will take place on Sunday, February 16, 2020 at Orleans on Main 518 Main Street, Minden LA 71055 from 1-3 pm. 

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you direct any donations to Minden High School, The Bob Gilliam Memorial Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 838, Minden, LA  71055.

Rose-Neath Funeral Home 

211 Murrell Street 

Minden, Louisiana 71055

(318) 377-3412

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