Sunday, December 11, 2011

Kathlyn Joy Gilliam - a dedicated educational and community 'servant leader' departed this life

"This is my thesis: caring for persons, the more able and the less able serving each other, is the rock upon which a good society is built." Robert K. Greenleaf - The Institution As Servant

On this 11th day in December a dedicated educational and community 'servant leader' departed this life at her home in her beloved sunny South Dallas, where she lived and served for decades.

Kathlyn Joy Gilliam was one of the longest serving Trustees in the history of Dallas ISD - 23 years.  She was the first African American female elected to the Board and the first African American President of the Board.

Her Motto:  "The only successful products of any school system are well-educated children."

We honor and praise Kathlyn Joy Gilliam for her life of service and advocacy on behalf of children and those left out and left behind.

May she rest in peace.

May her family and friends be comforted by the good news that the joy of her service and the dedication of her life will live in the memories of all who knew and will now remember her with thanks, love and appreciation.

Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, December 16, 2011 at Christian Chapel CME "Temple of Faith" Church, 14120 Noel Road, Dallas, TX 75254, 972-239-1120. Dr. Jerome McNeil, Jr. is the Senior Pastor.