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South Plains Church of Christ
6802 Elkhart Ave
Lubbock, TX  79424
Saturday, June 12, 2021
2:00 p.m.
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Earl Gillham

of Lubbock, TX

May 28, 1939 - May 18, 2021

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Earl Gillham, 81, a resident of Lubbock since 1978, passed away on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at University Medical Center in Lubbock.

Mr. Gillham was born on May 28, 1939 in Amarillo, Potter County, Texas to the late George Verner Gillham and Ethel Mae (Knox) Gillham.

Mr. Gillham graduated from Claude High School in 1957. He met Anita Sue Pirkle at West Texas State College, and they married on August 18, 1963 in Dalhart, Texas. He continued his education by attending Texas A & M, graduating in 1967 with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Animal Science.

Earl and his wife took pride in their ownership of Flatlander Dairy in Lubbock, from 1974 to 1987. He also worked for Edward Jones Investments from 1999 to 2005. He was a true Texas A & M Aggie, loved Aggie football, and enjoyed making canes and walking sticks. Mr. Gillham loved and served God, living a life of Faith, and served as a Deacon at South Plains Church of Christ. At the time of his death he was a member of Sunset Church of Christ. Earl loved his children, Greg and Jill, and he and Sue enthusiastically supported them in all of their activities at Lubbock Christian School and Lubbock Christian University.

Surviving Mr. Gillham is his wife, Sue; one son, Greg Gillham and his wife, Arianne of Edmond, Oklahoma; one daughter, Jill Gillham of Lubbock; and three grandchildren, Adelaide Gillham, Oliver Gillham, and Lucas Watts. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and their husbands, Virginia and Billy Jones, and Mary and Rex Bagwell, and one brother, Joe Gillham.

Celebration of Life Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, June 12, 2021 at 2:00 P. M. at South Plains Church of Christ, in Lubbock, Texas. Interment of the cremains will be held at a later date in the Wayside Cemetery in Wayside, Texas.

The Gillham Family requests memorial donations, in memory of Earl, be made to the Wayside Cemetery Association, PO Box 155, Wayside TX 79004.

Cremation arrangements were under the direction of Combest Family Funeral Homes and Crematory.

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15 Condolence(s)
Beverly & Walter Sonneborn
Colleyville, TX
Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Our hearts are broken for you and your family at this difficult time. Our prayers are for our Heavenly Father keep you in His arms and give you comfort. We have nice memories of times spent with you both. We're sending you and your family our love.

zenda Eby
Powell, WY
Tuesday, June 8, 2021

My goodness, sad news. I have wondered about you both, your family, and great grandchildren. It is sad when we lose someone we cherish. I hope your family will be able to move on with all the memories you have. Earl was a great friend to James and I, he had such a strong belief in God, and James valued their friendship. May God Bless you all.

Donnie& Catherine Brown
Lubbock, TX
Monday, June 7, 2021

To Sue and the family of Earl Gilliam we are so sorry for your loss. May you the God of ALL COMFORT, comfort you now and always. You are in our thoughts and prayers 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾.

Blake Bagwell
Amarillo, TX
Sunday, June 6, 2021

God bless this family as I am apart of I am deeply saddened and I’m sorry for the loss of this great man Texas A&M Aggie I loved him very much I am so sorry for this loss his wife sue is my aunt I am so sorry . God bless this family during f this time

Blake Bagwell
Nephew Amarillo Texas

Blame & Brenda Simmons
Lubbock, TX
Friday, June 4, 2021

We are so sad to hear that Earl left us but we are so thrilled for his arrival to see that he is seeing the face of Jesus!!!
Earl and Sue are 2 of our favorite people and their life as dairy owners was a highlight in ours and our children’s lives! In fact, we went by Flatlander Dairy on our way home from the hospital after the birth of our 1st child to buy a fresh gallon of milk!!! We always loved their happy smiles and greetings when we would see them. It was our blessing to worship with Earl and you should, Sweet Sue! Our love! Blane & Brenda

Karen and Kelley Rogers
Lubbock, TX
Friday, June 4, 2021

Sue, I just heard about Earls’s death. I’m so sorry. We’re
I’ll always remember him as happy and smiling.
We’re praying for you and your family as you
Kelley and Karen

John p knierim
Crowley, TX
Tuesday, June 1, 2021

So sorry to hear about Earl. Our prayers are with Sue and family.

James & Sharon Oles
Sunday, May 30, 2021

Sue & family,so sorry to hear about Early I know you all will miss him so much. He was such a good man & strong Christian. So glad to have known him.

Love & Hugs,
James & Sharon Oles

Richard and Glenda Love
El Paso, TX
Thursday, May 27, 2021

Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Sue, and your family.

Kay B. Molone
Bullard, TX
Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Sue, my heart is heavy knowing the loss you are experiencing. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Kay B & Leonard you

Joan Cumming
Wednesday, May 26, 2021

on behalf of DHS Class of 1958 we extend our sympathy on the passing of a
stronger supporter. We shall miss Earl.

Michelle Brothers Long
San Angelo, TX
Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Lifting your family up during such a difficult time. Sending love to each of you.

Kevin Haynes
Lubbock, TX
Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Sue, our condolences on the passing of Earl. May your memories be ever so sweet.

Jennifer Beale
Lubbock, TX
Tuesday, May 25, 2021

I am so sorry for your loss, I loved visiting with Earl and Sue any chance I had

Ricky Cartner
Lubbock, TX
Tuesday, May 25, 2021


We are sorry to hear about your husband. Keith remembers you well. Thank you for your years of teaching. We celebrate the life of your husband with you and will pray for you and your family during this time.

Ricky, Keith, and Kaycee Cartner

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