Melvin Rubin Gilliam 70, of Leola, Arkansas formerly of Pasadena, Tx. went to heaven to be with his Lord on January 8, 2011.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife Sharon Woods Gilliam, his youngest son Mitchell Edward Gilliam, parents, 3 brothers, and 2 sisters.

He is survived by his children: Sherry Gilliam Mays and husband Moe Mays of League City, TX. and Melvin R. Gilliam Jr. of Arlington, TX.   Also by grandchildren which he was known as  “Pappaw” to: Matthew Mays, Melissa Mays Tittle and husband James, Mason Mays and fiancé Melissa Nicole Williams, Melody Gilliam, Shannon Gilliam, Megan Gilliam, and Ashley Gilliam. He was also Father-in-law to Liz Gilliam Wright and Sherry Lynn Boyd.

He is also survived by his sister Wanda Brazzel Allen of League City, Texas.

Melvin was a Past President of the San Jacinto Shrine Club and Past Master of the Archives Masonic Lodge.

Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 11, 2011 in the Benton Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Moe Mays officiating. Burial was in Tulip Cemetery with the Bethlehem Masonic Lodge facilitating the graveside ceremony.   To sign the online register visit

Mr. Gilliam is the father of Sherry Mays. Sherry is the division operations manager for college preparatory at the SJC Central campus.