Barbara Ann Sallard Gilliam was born on August 4, 1938, in Philadelphia, PA. She relocated to Blackstone, Virginia where she spent her childhood. As a child Barbara enjoyed the old fashion existence of full open space, tree climbing, catching tadpoles, bicycling down sawdust piles and playing with her friends.
After graduating high school, she moved to Atlantic City, NJ and was adopted into the family of Mrs. Kathryn Williams. Barbara had two passions: nursing and teaching. Shortly after moving to Atlantic City she chose education and attended Glassboro Teachers College (Rowan University) where she graduated in 1962 with a Bachelor's in Education. She continued her studies in the pursuit of a Master's degree in Education at Marygrove College. Barbara taught in the Atlantic City Public Schools system retiring after 41 years as a dedicated teacher at Indiana Avenue School.
Barbara kept God at the center of her life. She was an active and devoted member of Shiloh Baptist Church (currently New Shiloh Baptist) for over 50 years. She was involved in several ministries and was dedicated to them all particularly the Shiloh Booster Ministry where she served as President.
Barbara was devoted to God, her church, her family, and the community. She believed that no matter where you are, or what you do, someone helps you get there, someone shows up when the chips are down, or sticks around when everyone else goes home. Barbara was that person for many people. She was known to be loving, giving, honest, sympathetic and empathetic. Her affiliations show her commitment to those values and her community. Expanding her knowledge and providing service has always been her primary goal.
Barbara was a member of many national and local organizations, serving in a leadership role in several of them. Her affiliations included: Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Atlantic City Chapter, Shiloh Boosters Ministry, National Education Association, Atlantic County Council of the Education Association, Atlantic City Education Association, The National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc. Iota Chapter, The National Political Congress of Black Women, 101 Women Plus Inc., STARS (Sisters Together Against Racism), The Golden Circle, Venice Park Civic Association, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), ACEA and NJEA. When she wasn't supporting one of her organizations she volunteered at the: Red Cross, Salvation Army, and United Way.
In her free time, Barbara loved to travel with her family as well as the organizations that she belonged too. She enjoyed the theatre and watching her favorite television shows: The Price Is Right and Wheel of Fortune.
Preceding her in death were her parents, grandmother and sister Marilyn Savage. She leaves to cherish her memories, her loving brother, Gerald Williams of Atlanta, GA; her devoted daughters, Annalisa Johnson of Atlantic City, NJ, and Kathryn L. Gilliam of Mays Landing, NJ; her loving stepchildren, Eli Gilliam, Sr., Evant Gilliam, Sr., Georgianna Ragland, Debra Yatty, Reggie Gilliam, Ernestine Ellis-Bell, Gilliam Ragland, Marcus Gilliam, Jean Ragland, Claudette Ragland, Maurice Ragland, Allen Ragland and John Ragland; her grandchildren, Annelisea Johnson, Darius "Jyni" Johnson and Kanye Udoh; two special nieces, Lanitra Bennett and Natasha Booze and a host of other family and friends. Barbara will be deeply missed.
A service of reflection will be 6PM to 8PM, Friday, July 12, 2019, Shiloh Baptist Church, 701 Atlantic Avenue, Atlantic City.
Memorial services will be 11AM Saturday, July 13, 2019, Shiloh Baptist Church, 701 Atlantic Avenue, Atlantic City, where friends may call from 10AM.
Arrangements Greenidge Funertal Homes, Inc, Atlantic City, where condolences may be left at www.greenidgefuneralhomes.com.