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On Wednesday afternoon, November 21, 2012, Omega Louis Gilliard, 92, completed his earthly journey at Carolina Pines Hospital in Hartsville, SC. Omega Louis Gilliard, son of the late Rivers and Margaret Gilliard, was born on December 11, 1919, in Hartsville, SC. Omega was educated in the public school system of Darlington County. After graduating from Butler High School in 1937, he enrolled at Claflin College, Orangeburg, SC. While a student at Claflin, Omega was drafted by the United States Army. He served in the European Theater during World War II in several capacities. Noted among those capacities was that as a French interpreter. He passed the exam to become a Tuskegee Airman, but had to decline because his mother did not want him to become a pilot. After his honorable discharge from the US Army, Mr. Gilliard returned to Claflin College and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Science. Mr. Gilliard did further studies at Atlanta University, Atlanta, GA. While singing on Claflin's Concert Choir, he met his future wife, Earline Eleanor Bright. They were united in holy wedlock in 1948. In the same year, Omega was a founding charter member of the Delta Alpha Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. at Claflin College, where he served two terms as president. After his graduation from Claflin in 1949, Mr. Gilliard taught at Scott's Branch High School. Mr. Gilliard then began employment with Hartsville Post Office. He was the first African American mail carrier in Hartsville, SC as well as Darlington County. Although Mr. Gilliard was offered the position as Post Master, he declined because he felt he could best serve his community by delivering mail door to door. He retired after 31 years of federal service. Omega was an active member of Centenary United Methodist Church. He sang on the Male Chorus and was a past member of the Board of Trustees and Finance Committee. In the community, he was a member of the NAACP and served as a past Commander of the American Legion Post 211. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife of 64 years, Earline Eleanor Bright Gilliard, brother, Robert A. Gilliard, and two sisters, Rosa Mae Heath and Lucretia Allen Davis. Left to cherish memories of Mr. Gilliard are his loyal and dutiful daughter, Linda (Jerry) Gilliard-Johnson, Florence, SC; two sons, Ronald (Joan) Gilliard, Savannah, GA and Derek (Linda) Allen, Charleston, SC; two granddaughters, L. Megerlyn Davis, Florence, SC and Renea Allen, Atlanta, GA; two great-grandchildren Laniyah Brown and Malakhi Allen, both of Atlanta, GA; three sister-in-laws, Wilhelmina Young, Eliza B. Williams, and Retha McKenzie, all of Walterboro, SC;. He is also survived by an aunt-in-law and numerous nephews, nieces, cousins, grandnieces, grandnephews, and adopted sons and daughters. Mr. Gilliard had several caregivers, special and dutiful caregiver, Frances Williams, and other caregivers, Sharonda Dixon, Linda Smith, Taylor Townsend, Terry Edwards, and Alston Sterling.