Cynthia S. Gilliam

December 8, 1954 - September 22, 2016

12/08/1954 - 09/22/2016

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Colonial Grove Memorial Park
3445 Princess Anne Road
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23456
757-427-6950 | Directions

Cynthia S. Gilliam of Virginia Beach, age 61, will forever be dancing on the boardwalk. Cynthia passed away on 9/22/2016, knowing that she was loved and cared for by her family. In true Cynthia spirit and style, she conducted herself with dignity, grace and just the right amount of humor, as she fought a battle with cancer. As a survivor, she understood the need for a strong support system and put herself into the battle, by forming a grassroots organization, called U Me & Cancer, along with being an advocate and facilitator for Support for People with Oral, Head & Neck Cancer. Even as she faced the devastating news of her own diagnosis, she never gave up the fight and demonstrated a true warrior spirit.
She was preceded in death by her husband Larry Gilliam and her Mother Norma Sears. She is survived by her daughter Sandra Drake and son Eddie Gilliam, whom she cherished and adored, along with her long awaited, much anticipated grandson, Baby G; her father Vernon Sears, and siblings David, Vicki, and Christi, along with cousins, nieces and nephews will continue to remember and care for her family and legacy. Cynthia’s involvement in her community, her church Spring Branch, and her love for the ocean, cultivated many friends, who will suffer the loss of her light on this earth. Her laughter, honesty, and passion, for family and friends, were just some of the gifts she shared while here with us all. Her loss will be felt by many.
To honor Cynthia’s wishes the family will not be holding a service. Anyone that wishes to pay their respect can do so at Colonial Grove Memorial Park.

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Dede Pinero
6 years ago

I remember all of our fun times at the beach. Working together at The State Fair and Tastee Swirlz in Va. Beach. When I was diagnosed Cyn was right there for me. I was in a state of trauma until she guided me. What will I do without her. I am so glad I am here with family. This is more than I can bear right now. Cyn I am so glad you are no longer in pain and you are with the love of your life again. NO PAIN…..I Luv and will miss you every day of my life.

6 years ago

You are a beautiful person inside out . I Thank God he put me in your life. your radiant smile your laugh your sassy walk. Your kindness for people your loyalty . You are the true meaning of a true friend a best friend. I will always talk about you, and share our stories hahah only some of them my friend.I will truly miss you I love you Cynthia .

Valerie Serrette
6 years ago

We always liked her laugh. We worked with her and Christi at UPA. So sorry for your loss. Our prayers and sympathy to you all. ❤

Brenda Galindez
6 years ago

The word Tropicana is synonymous with Cynthia. You brought so much to the Latin community and for that I thank you. You will be missed . My condolences to the family.

Theresa Arroyo
6 years ago

She was one of my favorite bosses. I will remember the good times of Tropicana as will I am sure many others. She was a tough lady witha big heart and always willing to help when you needed her. I will never forget you Cynthia. My heart goes out to Sandra, Eddie and the family.