Norma Isbell
B: 1932-12-10
D: 2020-07-05
View Details
Isbell, Norma
Jerry Lewis
B: 1939-03-21
D: 2020-06-27
View Details
Lewis, Jerry
Louis Barlet
B: 1940-03-10
D: 2020-06-26
View Details
Barlet, Louis
Lawrence Elrod
B: 1929-11-19
D: 2020-06-25
View Details
Elrod, Lawrence
William Maddox
B: 1953-06-01
D: 2020-06-16
View Details
Maddox, William
Richard Greathouse
B: 1959-05-25
D: 2020-06-14
View Details
Greathouse, Richard
William Wheeler
B: 1985-05-13
D: 2020-06-12
View Details
Wheeler, William
Michael Miller
B: 1958-03-31
D: 2020-06-09
View Details
Miller, Michael
Leo Curcuro
B: 1937-12-01
D: 2020-06-07
View Details
Curcuro, Leo
Vanessa Crets
B: 1955-05-02
D: 2020-05-26
View Details
Crets, Vanessa
Pearl Brandenburger
B: 1932-04-25
D: 2020-05-26
View Details
Brandenburger, Pearl
Betty Luke
B: 1931-07-19
D: 2020-05-25
View Details
Luke, Betty
James Gilliam
B: 1942-06-26
D: 2020-05-23
View Details
Gilliam, James
Kristen Ferguson
B: 1993-09-25
D: 2020-05-19
View Details
Ferguson, Kristen
Laurie Kitchen
B: 1972-12-27
D: 2020-05-08
View Details
Kitchen, Laurie
Betty Staples
B: 1932-02-01
D: 2020-05-07
View Details
Staples, Betty
Terry Lager
B: 1951-09-14
D: 2020-05-07
View Details
Lager, Terry
Jason Voss
B: 1976-12-02
D: 2020-05-02
View Details
Voss, Jason
Richard Simmons
B: 1981-06-05
D: 2020-04-27
View Details
Simmons, Richard
Harold Byrd
B: 1934-07-24
D: 2020-04-13
View Details
Byrd, Harold
Jackie Nunn
B: 1952-03-27
D: 2020-04-12
View Details
Nunn, Jackie


Use the form above to find your loved one. You can search using the name of your loved one, or any family name for current or past services entrusted to our firm.

Click here to view all obituaries
Search Obituaries
904 W. Washington Street
Cuba, MO 65453
Phone: 573-885-3355
Fax: 573-885-3913
James Gilliam

James Alvin "Jim" Gilliam Jr.

Friday, June 26th, 1942 - Saturday, May 23rd, 2020
Recommend this to your friends.
Share via:

Sign in to the Family Interactive Login

The Family Interactive feature enhances An Amazing Life. Authorized family members can securely access their loved one's memorial website settings at any time.

Share Book of Memories with a Friend

Please enter the name and email details so that we can send your friend a link to the online tribute. No names or addresses will be collected by using this service.

Email Sent

Your email has been sent.

To share your memory on the wall of James Gilliam, sign in using one of the following options:

Sign in with Facebook


Sign in with your email address

Your condolence has been posted successfully

Provide comfort for the family by sending flowers or planting a tree in memory of James Gilliam

No Thanks

Contact Funeral Home

Please enter your question or comment below:

Email Sent

Your email has been sent.

James's Tribute Fund

  •  Full Name
  •  Initials
  •  Anonymous
By continuing, you agree with the terms and privacy policy.

James's Tribute Fund

There may be a delay while processing. Please do not click the back button or refresh while a payment is processing.
Send Flowers
Guaranteed hand delivery by a local florist


"James Alvin "Jim" Gilliam, Jr. of Cuba, Missouri was born on June 26, 1942 in Cuba, Missouri to the union of James and Rose Ann (Killeen) Gilliam, Sr. He left from this life, surrounded by family, at his home on Saturday, May 23, 2020 at the age of 77 years. He was a husband, father, friend, business owner, and outdoor enthusiast, and will be greatly missed.

His father established Gilliam Electric and Refrigeration in 1947. James joined his father after returning home from the United States Air Force, where he served in Alaska during the Vietnam War. He continued to own and operate the family business proudly until March 2020.

Jim adored his family. Anytime he openly bragged about them, he had a sparkle in his eye and a big grin on his face. He loved taking his kids and wife along on his outdoor adventures, especially to the family farm down in Huzzah.

One of his most defining characteristics, aside from his gift of one-liners, was that he was always willing to help others. If someone needed him, he was there without hesitation. Even now, stories of his kindness and selflessness continue to be shared with the family and are a true reflection of the impact he has had in the community. Though he was humble about his knowledge, Jim was also known to fix almost anything. He enjoyed learning how things worked and would teach himself what he didn’t already know.

Jim had the ability to work hard without question and play hard without apology. He defined time by the hunting and fishing seasons, and the Farmer's Almanac. Which over the years, resulted in friends and family enjoying the numerous fish fries at the shop, and a lot of great haircuts. He loved growing things in his garden and sharing it with anyone who wanted to stop by and help hoe potatoes, or just drink a beer. He also had a knack for roping anyone around him into his latest project using just the right amount of peer pressure and the promise of a good time.

To say he enjoyed his life to the fullest is something he would be proud of. Jim had a big heart and though he was never one to back down from an argument, you always knew exactly where you stood with him.

Jim is preceded in death by his parents James A. and Rose Ann (Killeen) Gilliam, Sr. one sister Sue Starks; one brother-in-law Jimmie Honea.

Those who are left to treasure his memory and to continue his legacy are his loving wife of 33 years Debra (Honea) Gilliam of Cuba, Missouri; four children Michelle Gilliam of Chesterfield, Missouri, Jaclyn and husband Chris Downing of Jefferson City, Missouri, James and wife Jordan Gilliam and Jilliann Gilliam all of Cuba, Missouri; one honorary daughter Shayna Arndt of Jefferson City, Missouri; two grandchildren Justin Gilliam of Chesterfield, Missouri and Scarlet Downing of Jefferson City, Missouri; twin sister Joan and husband Wilford Hadley of St, James, Missouri; two brothers Bill and wife Sylvia Kreamalmyer of Burlington, Iowa, Bob and wife Wanda Kreamalmyer of St. James, Missouri; one brother-in-law David and wife Jan Honea of Cuba, Missouri; nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

Jim was truly one-of-a-kind, and has left some big shoes to fill in the community. In his honor, the family has started the James A. Gilliam Memorial Scholarship, which will be an annual scholarship given to students graduating from Cuba High School and are attending a trade school. Donations can be made by cash or check. Checks may be made out to James A. Gilliam…Memo: Scholarship Fund. "

The Mizell Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Gilliam family.
Read Less

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of James Alvin "Jim" Gilliam Jr., please visit our Heartfelt Sympathies Store.

Sign Up for Notifications

Receive notifications about information and event scheduling for James

Service Details

  • Service

    Saturday, May 30th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Saturday, May 30th, 2020 11:00am
    Holy Cross Catholic Church
    415 W School
    CUBA, MO
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Due to COVID-19 and limited sitting at the church, if you are unable to attend Jim's service, the family will receive friends at their home at 2:00 p.m. Please stop by for food, fellowship and share your favorite Jim Gilliam memory.
    Father Dan Lueckenotte
  • Interment

    Holy Cross Cemetery
    Hwy 19 S
    CUBA, MO
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Reception

    Gilliam Home
    CUBA, MO
    Due to COVID-19 and limited sitting at the church, if you are unable to attend Jim's service, the family will receive friends at their home at 2:00 p.m. Please stop by for food, fellowship and share your favorite Jim Gilliam memory.


We encourage you to share your most beloved memories of James here, so that the family and other loved ones can always see it. You can upload cherished photographs, or share your favorite stories, and can even comment on those shared by others.

No video recorded.

Private Condolence
Love Anthony & Jamie Weber and Fanning 66 Outpost sent flowers to the family of James Alvin "Jim" Gilliam Jr.
Guaranteed hand delivery by a local florist

Love Anthony & Jamie Weber

Posted at 04:35pm
Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
Flower Image

Love Anthony & Jamie Weber purchased flowers for the family of James Gilliam. Send Flowers


Becky Basham

Posted at 10:38am
Debbie I am so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. I will always remember our trip to Iowa to my Uncle Bill''s to go pheasant hunting.
He will be greatly missed. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Becky Basham

Fanning 66 Outpost

Posted at 10:12am
The world lost a great one! So much knowledge about so many things! Jim always made the worse situations not seem so bad! Were gonna miss you!
Flower Image

Fanning 66 Outpost purchased flowers and planted a memorial tree for the family of James Gilliam. Send Flowers


Heartfelt Sympathies Store

Posted at 09:57am
Eternal love from your brothers: Bill and Sylvia Kreamalmyer and Bob and Wanda Kreamalmyer. John 3:16 and Romans 10:9,10
Flower Image

Flowers were purchased and a memorial tree planted for the family of James Gilliam. Send Flowers


Photos & Videos

Photo Album

Upload up to 10 images at a time, max 8MB each