Moses Braxton Gilliam, Jr.

September 28, 2010 

Moses Braxton Gillam, Jr., died in Windsor, North Carolina, on September 25, 2010, at the age of 93.

He was born in Windsor on October 2, 1916, in his family home, built in the mid-eighteenth century.

Funeral services were held September 27, 2010, at the Windsor United Methodist Church, and he was buried in the family cemetery at Rosefield.

Mr. Gillam was the son of Moses Braxton Gillam and Virginia Spruill Gillam. After graduating from Windsor High School in 1933, he attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, graduating from the College of Arts and Sciences in 1937 with honors and from the School of Law in 1939 with high honors.

After graduating from law school, Mr. Gillam worked in the North Carolina Attorney General’s office until 1942. In 1941 he married Sarah Starr of Mooresville, a law school classmate and one of the first women attorneys in North Carolina. From 1942 through 1945 he served his country in the European Theater of World War II as a combat engineer with the United States Army.

In 1946 Mr. and Mrs. Gillam moved to Mr. Gillam’s hometown of Windsor and opened the law firm of Gillam and Gillam, where Mr. Gillam practiced law for 61 years. During these years Mr. Gillam served his community by holding numerous positions of leadership in the Bertie County and 6th Judicial Bar, Windsor Methodist Church, and by serving as Town Attorney for the Town of Windsor. He was a member of the general Board of Directors of Southern Bank and Trust Company for 38 years, and also served many years as chairman of the local Board of Directors of Southern Bank in Windsor, N.C. Mr. Gillam loved the law and his profession and took pride in serving each and every client. He never retired.

Mr. Gillam was predeceased by his wife, Sarah Starr Gillam, his sisters, Mary Virginia Gillam and Helen Gray Gillam Huston, and his brother, Robert Winfree Gillam.

He is survived by his sons, Robert Starr Gillam of Raleigh and Moses Braxton Gillam III and his wife, Leigh Patton Gillam of Windsor; his granddaughters, Katherine Leigh Gillam of New York, NY, and Sarah Gray Gillam of Wilmington; and his brother-in-law, Keith Arthur Houston of Naples, FL.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Windsor United Methodist Church, PO Box 238, Windsor, NC 27983.

A wit’s a feather, and a chief’s a rod;

An honest man’s the noblest work of God.

- Alexander Pope

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Windsor United Methodist Church, PO Box 238, Windsor, NC 27983.

Condolences may be directed to www.walkerfh.net. Walker Funeral Home is serving the Gillam family.

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