Edward Gilliam

Edward T. Gilliam, 98, went on to be with our Lord on September 8, 2018, at Serra Manor in Weirton, WV.

He was born October 12, 1919, in South Carolina to the union of Edward Sr. and Viola (Jeter) Gilliam.

After graduating high school, he served his country in the U.S. Army. He graduated with a master’s degree from Case Western University. He worked for Allied Chemical Corporation as a mechanical engineer.

In his career, he tested viscoelastic solids and had a patent that led to a change in the auto industry’s steel belt radial tire in 1972. He was the oldest living African American engineer in the country until his passing.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and two sons, Edward III and Terry Gilliam.

His memory will forever be in the hearts of his nephew and caretaker, Robert (Vinnie) Blackwell; his five grandchildren, Bernard, Sharice, Bianca, Marte, and James; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Friends may call at the Gregory-Martin Funeral Chapel, 255 S. 7th St., Steubenville, on Friday, September 14, 2018, from 6-8 p.m. A celebration of life for Mr. Gilliam will be held 11 a.m. on Saturday at Greater Zion Temple Family Worship Center, 500 N. 5th St. in Steubenville. Arranged by Gregory-Martin Funeral Home.