Home Going Services will be held on Monday, February 18, 2013, 11:00 am at the Poplar Hill Christian Church Disciples of Christ, 1621 Poplar Hill Drive, Cross, South Carolina with the Reverend Deveta Smith-Brown, Pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in the Poplar Hill Cemetery.
On Wednesday morning, February 13, 2013, God opened the Book of Life and saw a very wounded dove. He saw that she was tired. God said, “I’m going to take you to a better place where there will be no more pain, no suffering – only healing.” God said, flap your wings and follow the eternal flock, then He extended His hand to welcome her home.
Luciel Gilliard was the daughter of the late Mr. Jessie and Mrs. Lula Epps Pringle.
She was reared in the Sandridge Community of Ridgeville, SC. She attended Ebenezer School in Berkeley County.
At an early age, she joined the Poplar Hill Christian Church, where she was a faithful member. She served on the Senior Choir, Missionary Ministry, the Mother’s Board, Youth Advisor, Usher Board and the CWF Department. She was a woman of wisdom.
She planted a garden every year and worked hard at it until this past summer when her health started to fail. She loved canning what she harvested and loved sharing with her children and others. In her early years, she was a great chef.
In 1940, she was united in Holy Matrimony to Cyrus Gilliard. To this union, eight children were born. She was preceded in death by her husband; three children, Willie Lee, Jannie Ruth and Doreta; a foster daughter, Louise; siblings, Albert, Cleveland, Betty Mae, Daisy Bell, Lottie, Jessie, Eva, Nathaniel, Rachel and Beatrice.
She leaves to cherish loving memories: five children, Lula Brown, of Cross, SC, Elouise (Elias) Brown, of Moncks Corner, SC, Annie (Robert) Davis, of Moncks Corner, SC, Cyrus (Gloria) Gilliard, of Ridgeville, SC and Sandra (McKinley) Ravenell, of Eutawville, SC, one brother, Jessie (Gail) Pringle, of Walterboro, SC, thirty-eight grandchildren, one hundred seven great-grandchildren, twenty great-great grandchildren, one great-great-great grandchild and a host of nieces, nephews other relatives and friends whom she dearly loved.
Friends may call at the residence, 155 Fawn Lane, Ridgeville, SC and at the funeral home.