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Retired Chief Joel Gilliam

DECATUR, Ala. – Decatur Police have shared the funeral arrangements for Retired Chief Joel Gilliam. Gilliam served as the Police Chief for 10 years.

Gilliam was born October 21, 1938 in Tuscumbia, Alabama, but his family moved to Detroit when he was young. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force after graduating high school where he served eight years. He was honorably discharged in 1965. After that, he was appointed to the Detroit Police Department, from which he retired in 1995.

Gilliam and his family then moved back to the Tennessee Valley, where he became supervisor of security at the Von Braun Center. In 1997, he was appointed to the position of Chief of Decatur. He retired in June of 2007.

Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m., Friday, October 23, 2015, at the Annunciation of the Lord Church in Decatur.

Interment will be in the Alabama National Cemetery, Montevallo, AL.

Visitation for family and friends will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Thursday, October 22, 2015, at the Royal Funeral Home in Huntsville.

Public viewing will be held from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m., Thursday, October 22, 2015 at the Royal Funeral Home and Friday, October 23, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. at the Annunciation of the Lord Church in Decatur.