Coy Bryan Gilliam

02/11/1939 - 05/11/2019


Coy Bryan Gilliam went to be with his Lord Jesus Christ on May 11, 2019. A time of fellowship and remembrance is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers. Family and friends will gather to celebrate his life of 80 years at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, at Southcrest Baptist Church. Family and friends are invited to share memories and expressions of sympathy, and view Coy’s life tribute at

Coy Bryan Gilliam was born on February 11, 1939, to George and Maude McCoy Gilliam in Lubbock, Texas. He married Jo Beth Franks Gilliam on November 9, 1957, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Coy, fondly known to his family as Papa, was a gentleman in the truest sense of the word and full of integrity. He cared deeply about God, his bride of 61 years, his family and his country, and was fiercely protective of all four. He was a quiet deep thinker, so when he spoke, people listened to his thoughtful, carefully chosen words, which could leave you in stitches or feeling encouraged. His attention to detail was not only evident in the way he cared for things but also in the way he cared for the people he loved. Sunday dinners will never be the same without Papa.

Survivors include his bride, Jo Beth Gilliam; son, Cobe Bryan Gilliam and wife, Lynn; grandchildren, Darby Jo Walker, and husband, Clayton; Kelsey Rae Easley and husband, Tanner; and Case Bryan Gilliam and wife, Lindsay; great-grandchildren, Levi, Cobin and Nixon Walker; Everett and Campbell Easley.

He was preceded in death by his father, George Bryan Gilliam, mother, Maude Ethel Gilliam, and great-grandson, Hal Easley.


The family of Coy Bryan Gilliam would appreciate contributions to be given to Lubbock Meals on Wheels or Southcrest Christian School, 3801 South Loop 289, Lubbock, Texas 79423.


Location: Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers
Start Time:6:00 pm
End Time:8:00 pm

Funeral Service

Location: Southcrest Baptist Church
Start Time:2:00 pm
End Time:3:00 pm


12 Comments on “Coy Bryan Gilliam”

  1. My thoughts and prayers are with you now as you face this sad time. I will miss Coy as he was a constant being at Southcrest for me. He sat in front of me and always treated me as someone special when he smiled and shook my hand. I know you will miss his strength as well as his presence. God Bless all of you.

  2. Dear Gilliam family please know that each and every one of you are in our thoughts and prayers. Mom and I are so blessed to have known coy and jo Beth coby Lynn. God picked a beautiful angle to come and be with him in heaven. We yall dearly . Patsy and lori brown

  3. May God comfort each of you during this time of loss and grief and bring comfort, peace, strength and encouragement to each of your hearts. We love you all. Our prayers are with you. Tommy Waters Family.

  4. So sorry for your loss. love & prayers
    Linda & tex Irvin & Estelle Howard

  5. I’m so thankful for the years I was welcomed into the Gilliam’s dear Sunday lunches. I learned so much observing Papa and his loving, gentle spirit. He had a servant heart and was always silently working and helping with everything. He gave the best hugs and his smile warms my heart just remembering it. He was special in so many ways and I’m blessed to have known and I don’t say that lightly. Blessings to the Gilliam family, what a treasure you had in Papa. Praying for you as you mourn and remember his life.

    -Dessie “York” Cunningham

  6. Dear Jo Beth, i an so sorry about your husband. I just read about him and my heart is moved with compassion for all of your family. My children and grandchildren and i suffered the same loss and only God can bring you comfort. He is the great comforter, the comforter of all comforters. God bless you all every one.

  7. So sad this morning to here of Coy’s passing. It seems like only yesterday that Coy, Beth, my Uncle Larry and Anne Templeton, and Sandy and I would meet at Granny’s ranch to fish and enjoy the outdoors. Time flies by and we soon realize how short our lives really are. Coy made the most of life and will be missed.
    Beth…. you and Cobe and the grandkids will be in Sandy and my thoughts and prayers.

  8. So very sorry to hear about Coy. I’ve told you before how some of my favorite memories growing up were of listening to you guys playing cards with my parents while my brother and I were supposed to be sleeping. Later ,when I was helping dad, I always enjoyed having to go pick something up at”Southwest Wheel” because I got to catch up with Coy. Kay and Tom thought the world of you guys and I know they cherished all those memories of the times y’all spent together. Karmen and I will be keeping you and your family in our thoughts.
    All our love-Mark and Karmen-

  9. So very sorry to hear of Coy’s passing. Although it’s been years since we have been neighbors, we have good memories of neighborly chats and visits. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Jackie & Mark Lang

  10. Dear Jo Beth, we were saddened to learn of your loss. I felt as if all your students knew Coy too because you always spoke of him so proudly as he was truly your soulmate. Know he’s in His hands now. Our prayers to your family.
    Kay Smith

  11. I just learned about Coy’s passing. He was a long time acquaintance, even back to our high school days. He was a very kind man and he kept me up on some of our friends. He encouraged me recently when I had a health problem. He was my friend and everybody’s friend. I will miss him greatly. I send my condolences to Beth and all of her family members.

  12. Today 5/18/19 I received an email from Jo Beth about the passing of Coy. Coy and I both worked for Southwest Wheel for many years, he in Lubbock and I in Houston. We both were mangers of our respective branches and I have got to say I really looked up to him as mentor. He was well respected by all at SWW and in later years as a Dexter Axle representative. Coy and I remained friends through the internet and conversed and sent jokes back forth for years. In fact I had just gotten one recently. I will miss those more than anyone will know. I was totally shocked and saddened by the news of his passing. My prayers and thoughts go out to the Gilliam family. May he RIP and God bless you Jo Beth.

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