Omer Cleveland Gilliland


Omer Cleveland Gilliland, 92, died Feb. 7, 2003, in Payson. He was born to Thomas Newton and Hannah Brothers Gilliland Aug. 31, 1910 in Pineville, Ark.

He moved to Globe, Ariz. when he was in his early teens, to live with his brother, Jim. It was there he met and married Jessie Mae Packer.

Mr. Gilliland worked at Reynolds Aluminum Plant during World War II. Later, in the 1940s, he owned Adams Diner, and was one of the last drivers of the horse-drawn milk wagons.

He was superintendent of Pioneer Steel Manufacturing Company for 12 years. He owned G&S Welding, a variety store and motel.

In 1954, the Gillilands moved to Payson. He owned and operated Shady Pine Motel and Trailer Park, until they retired.

Mr. Gilliland fished all over Arizona, California, Mexico and Oregon.

He held many positions in the LDS church, and loved to be a home teacher.

He is survived by his wife of 14 years, Louise Campbell-Garvin; sons, Clive (Lou), David (Stephanie) and Duane (Debbie); daughters, Donna Flanigan (Dan), Eulene Garvey (Mike) and Joanna Atkins (Ralph); 32 grandchildren; 46 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great-grandchildren; many relatives in South Carolina; and eight stepchildren and their families.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Jessie.

Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14 at Messinger Payson Funeral Home, 302 W. Aero Drive in Payson.

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Ponderosa and Aero in Payson. Visitation also will be held at the church one hour before the funeral.

Interment will be at Greenwood Memory Lawn, 719 N. 27th Avenue in Phoenix.

Donations can be made to RTA Hospice, 107 E. Frontier Street, Payson, AZ 85541.

Arrangements are being handled by Messinger Payson Funeral Home.

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