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Cynthia S. Gilliam

December 8, 1954 - September 22, 2016

Cynthia S. Gilliam of Virginia Beach, age 61, will forever be dancing on the boardwalk. Cynthia passed away on 9/22/2016, knowing that she was loved and cared for by her family. In true Cynthia spirit and style, she conducted herself with dignity, grace and just the right amount of humor, as she fought a battle with cancer. As a survivor, she understood the need for a strong support system and put herself into the battle, by forming a grassroots organization, called U Me & Cancer, along with being an advocate and facilitator for Support for People with Oral, Head & Neck Cancer. Even as she faced the devastating news of her own diagnosis, she never gave up the fight and demonstrated a true warrior spirit.
She was preceded in death by her husband Larry Gilliam and her Mother Norma Sears. She is survived by her daughter Sandra Drake and son Eddie Gilliam, whom she cherished and adored, along with her long awaited, much anticipated grandson, Baby G; her father Vernon Sears, and siblings David, Vicki, and Christi, along with cousins, nieces and nephews will continue to remember and care for her family and legacy. Cynthia’s involvement in her community, her church Spring Branch, and her love for the ocean, cultivated many friends, who will suffer the loss of her light on this earth. Her laughter, honesty, and passion, for family and friends, were just some of the gifts she shared while here with us all. Her loss will be felt by many.
To honor Cynthia’s wishes the family will not be holding a service. Anyone that wishes to pay their respect can do so at Colonial Grove Memorial Park.

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Colonial Grove Memorial Park

3445 Princess Anne Road
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23456

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