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Garnetta (Gilliam) Fannin

July 4, 1944 ~ May 6, 2020 (age 75)


Garnetta Gilliam Fannin, age 75, of Wells Creek, in Sandy Hook, Kentucky, passed away Wednesday, May 6, 2020, at her home following a brief illness.

Garnetta was born July 4, 1944, in Ashland, Kentucky.  She was the daughter of the late Gurney and Loretta Dickerson Gilliam.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by paternal grandparents, Charlie and Bessie Gilliam; maternal grandparents, Vernon and Myrtle Dickerson;  one sister, Linda May; two nieces, Charli Jade Gilliam Wright and Lindsey May Howard; one nephew, Kevin Gilliam; and a brother-in-law, Bobby Mitchell Fannin.

Garnetta is survived by her loving husband of 53 years, Carl Fannin of Sandy Hook; two beloved sons, Jeffrey (Donna) Fannin of Morehead and Darren Fannin of Sandy Hook; two adored special grandsons, Jarred Fannin of West Liberty and Troy Fannin of Sandy Hook; two brothers,  her twin Rodney (Sandra) Gilliam and Anthony Gilliam all of Sandy Hook; two sisters, Sandy (Larry) Elliott of Paris and Gloria (Junior) Ison of Sandy Hook; brother-in-law, John May of West Liberty,; aunts and uncles, Clavis (Edith) Dickerson, Loverta (Dewayne) Mobley all of Sandy Hook, Lionel (Goldie) Dickerson, Lawrence (Louise) Dickerson all of Cleveland; many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great-great niece and nephew; along with her church family members. 

Additional survivors include her brothers and sisters in law, Dale and Armetta Fannin of Sandy Hook, Basil and Ava Brickey of Sandy Hook, Linda Jean Fannin of Sandy Hook, and Sudy Walker of Grayson.

First and foremost, Garnetta was a Christian of the Baptist faith.  She was an active lady that lived an unwavering, selfless Christian life, serving as a role model for all to follow.

She retired from the former People’s Bank of Sandy Hook after 33 years of loyal service.  Following her retirement, she enjoyed spending time with her boys, sisters, brothers, and extended family members, neighbors, and friends.  She loved the time spent on her and Carl’s cattle farm where they enjoyed gardening, raising crops, and the simple country life.  For nearly the last 14 years, her primary focus was devoted to her youngest grandson, Troy. 

In Garnetta’s final days at home, her two sisters, Sandy and Gloria provided the most loving and devoted care possible.

A drive-by visitation will be conducted from 12:00pm – 1:00pm, Sunday, May 10, at Elliott County Memory Gardens with a private service following officiated by Joe Gilliam and Reggie Dickerson. 

Pallbearers include Randy Brickey, Jason Ison, Joshua Ison, Dale Fannin, Kerry Elliott, Aaron Walker, Clavis Dickerson, and Reggie Dickerson. 

Honorary Pallbearers include Linda Jean Fannin, Barb Whitt,  Cathy Brickey, Linda Clevenger, David Ray Gillum, Jeff Eldridge, Ryland Brickey, Michael Brickey, Gunner Wright, Chris Gilliam, Joshua Walker, her church family, and friends. 


Details of “drive-by visitation.  Enter Elliott County Memory Gardens using main entrance.  Lewis and Ferguson attendants will direct traffic around the cemetery, passing by Garnetta’s final resting place.  Visitors will not be permitted outside of their vehicles.  Attendants will document attendees in the family’s memory book and hand out memorial cards prior to exiting the property.  Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.


To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Garnetta (Gilliam) Fannin, please visit our floral store.


May 10, 2020

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Elliott County Memory Gardens

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