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Garry "Gangster" Gilliam

April 12, 1958 — January 10, 2022

Garry "Gangster" Gilliam

Garry Montzell Gilliam Sr., affectionately known as “Gangster” was the son of the late David. Gilliam Sr. and Margaret E. Gilliam. He was born in Stokesdale, North Carolina on Saturday, April 12, 1958.

He received his formal education in the Harrisburg School District and was a 1976 graduate of the former John Harris Senior High School. Having a desire to further his education he attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

During Garry’s working career, he was an employee for the Harrisburg School District, Keystone Railways, The Divot, The Pub & Piccolo’s Café where he was the manager for over 21 years.


In his leisure Garry enjoyed riding his motorcycle he was a member of The Buffalo Soldiers,
Harrisburg, PA Chapter. He enjoyed cheering for his favorite football team, the Dallas Cowboys, played in a band, enjoyed drawing, DJing. Garry enjoyed watching movies, and cracking jokes with his family and friends; he loved making people laugh. He has an extreme Love for God, life, and the people in his circle.


On Monday, January 10, 2022, Garry changed from his earthly clothes into his Heavenly robe, transitioning from labor of life into his reward of eternal life. In addition to his parents,
grandparents, and aunt he was preceded in death by three of his brothers, Michael Gilliam,
Darrell Gilliam, and David Gilliam II. Garry leaves to celebrate his life his sisters Shirley E.
Mack (George Mack) of Steelton, PA, Hazel G. Jenkins (Ronald Jenkins Sr.) of Windsor Mill, MD, April Gilliam; Deborah Gilliam-Murphy (Pastor Edgar Murphy III) of Harrisburg, PA his brother Pastor Harold E. Gilliam Sr. (Gloria Gilliam) of Summerfield, NC; his daughter Angel Gilliam of Harrisburg, PA and his son Garry M. Gilliam Jr of Seattle, WA; his granddaughter Genesis Gilliam and host of nieces, nephews, family, and friends.

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