William "Terry" Gilliland left this earthly existence in the early morning of Friday, October 25th at Lynchburg General Hospital, surrounded and supported by loved ones.
Born on April 3, 1950 in Pineville, West Virginia, Terry was the son of the late Leola Faye Cook Gilliland and William Oliver Gilliland. Having lived a self-proclaimed "long and full life", attending Concord College in West Virginia, writing songs and playing the guitar as a hobby, working in the West Virginia coal mines and on oil and gas drill rigs, discovering the intricacies of studying lymphology and massage therapy, and lastly working as a cable engineer and project manager both with Nesbe Cable and Shentel. Terry worked hard, lived fully and loved well. He was the "smartest man he had ever known", giving beyond measure, funny, and one incredible human being. He will be missed greatly.
Terry was preceded in death by his wife Crystena Rosser Mikles Gilliland, his parents Leola and William Gilliland, close friends and beloved pets.
He is survived by his stepdaughter Willow-Mina Mikles, stepson Jonathan Mikles, stepdaughter Angelina Mikles, uncle Gene Gilliland of Oceana, WV, his sister and brother-in-law Gray and Regina Honaker of Monterey, VA, 2 nephews, Gray William Honaker and wife Katherine and great nephew Henry Honaker of Southern Shores, NC, and T.J. Honaker and wife Laura, and great nephew Thomas Owen Honaker , and great niece Lucy Gray Honaker of Blue Grass, VA, and kindred friend and companion, Susan Allen.
A memorial service will be held on November 30, 2019 at 3:00 PM at the Old City Cemetery in Lynchburg, VA.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society or the Lynchburg Humane Society in his honor.
Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.
Published on November 7, 2019


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Jerry Fitch
Nov 11, 2019
Sorry to hear of the loss of a friend and classmate. My heartfelt condolences to all of Terry’s Family. All that Terry was about will be remembered by so many.
God Bless Terry.
Janice Bailey
Nov 09, 2019
Remember Terry as a very smart and funny guy in school. Prayers for the family. Every one who knew him were blessed.
Theresa Lamp Annie
Nov 09, 2019
Terry and I were classmates but most importantly best friends...he was kind, considerate,funny, and had a beautiful head of hair❤️ RIP sweet friend...soar high with the angels