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Sybie Dunn Gilliam

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RICHMOND, Va. — Sybie Dunn Gilliam, 83, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019.

She was born in Wilson. Sybie was preceded in death by her parents, Frank Dunn and Lillie Mae Jones; one brother, Jack Dunn; and her loving husband of 59 years, Theron I. “Gil” Gilliam.

Survivors include her three children and their spouses, Tig Gilliam (Janice), Frank Gilliam (Ellen) and Julie Flippen (Lee); and her grandchildren, Graham, Paige, Alexander, Anna, Christopher, Amanda and Edward.

Sybie devoted her life to serving family and friends, Bible study and children’s ministry. Following her graduation from high school in Wilson in 1953, Sybie went to work to help support her parents. Her job at First and Merchants Bank brought her to Richmond, where she met her future husband. She quickly turned her attention and passion to being a loving homemaker for Gil and their three children. In 1973, she co-founded the Derbyshire Baptist Church’s “moms’ free morning” program. Sybie also served in community Bible study as a children’s teacher for more than 12 years. More than anything, she served her family and friends faithfully.

Her life will be celebrated 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12 at Gayton Baptist Church, Richmond, Virginia.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Gayton Baptist Church, 13501 N. Gayton Road, Richmond, VA 23233-7057.

Arrangements are by Affinity Funeral Service, Richmond, Virginia. Online guest book available at affinityfuneralservice.com.