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Marine from Letcher dies in Kuwait camp



Marine from Letcher dies in Kuwait camp 

BROUGHT TO SAFETY — Rescuers carried James Olinger, 58, of Wise, Virginia down from Pine Mountain in the Payne Gap area on January 5. Pictured from left are Jonathan Richardson, Garland Ratliff, Andy Fugate, Chief Carter Bevins and Mike Webb, all with Neon Fire and Rescue, and Tim Richardson with Colson Volunteer Fire Department. (Photo by Paul Miles)

A 29-year-old Marine from Letcher County died January 3 at Camp Buehring, Kuwait.



Lance Corporal Chadwick "Chad" Allen Gilliam was the son of Paul Gilliam and Mary Ellen Cook Gilliam of Mayking. The cause of Gilliam’s death remained unknown at press time.

Before entering the Marine Corps, Gilliam attended Lindsay Wilson College where he graduated with a master’s degree in counseling and human development.

Surviving other than his parents are his wife, Corinne Marie Stewart Gilliam; one sister, Paula Regina Damron of Nicholasville; and one brother, Michael Wayne Gilliam of Mayking.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Willard and Belvia Holbrook Gilliam, and maternal grandparents, Arlie and Edna Sergent Cook.


Letcher Funeral Home has charge of arrangements, which were incomplete at press time.

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