Ezra Newton Guilliams

“I’ve lived a long and good life” are the words that many people heard from Ezra Newton Guilliams, age 89, who took his final “road trip” to join his Lord and loved ones in his heavenly home on September 8, 2023. Newton was born January 10, 1934 to the late Roy and Altha Guilliams. He was preceded in death by his sweet 4-month old son, Michael Glen Guilliams (9/10/56 – 1/9/57). His loving wife, Norma Guilliams, has taken care of him, loved him, and spoiled him for 69 years.  He will continue watching over her, his children Jeff Guilliams (Donna) and Jennifer Brubaker (Keith) and his “pride and joy” grandchildren Harrison Brubaker (Casey Johnson) and Meredith Kantsios (Logan) as well as his great grandson (who should be here in January). He even loved and enjoyed his active grandpups. He had an unbelievable relationship with every one of his brothers and sisters, his in-laws, and numerous nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by siblings Pete Guilliams (Betsy), Sylvia Cooper (Lloyd), Coy Guilliams, Dan Guilliams and in-laws Don Carter/John Laprade, and Barbara Guilliams. Surviving are siblings Vera Laprade, Arlene Carter, Dot Webb (James), Steve Guilliams (Linda), Fred Guilliams, Barry Guilliams, and Ronnie Guilliams (Joyce) and sister-in-law Caroline Guilliams. He also treasured long-time friendships with Darla Lee, Ray and Nancy Holland, and Betty (Jimmy) Guilliams among many others, and he loved listening to music by Alan Messenger and friends. He was a member of Highland United Methodist Church (baptized April 8, 2018), one of the charter members of Callaway Volunteer Fire Department (established May 1966), a plumber who offered services to friends and family near and far, an employee of Hajoka for 21 years followed by Norfolk and Southern for 20 years, and a valued friend to everyone he met.  In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Highland United Methodist Church or Callaway Volunteer Fire Department. A special thanks goes to Carilion Hospice and everyone who has supported Newton through his years of sickness. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, September 13, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. at Highland United Methodist Church in Callaway with Pastor Laurice Jones-Wilks officiating and a visitation preceding the service, 12:00-2:00. The burial will follow in the Guilliams/Hale Cemetery on Tharp Creek Road in Ferrum, which will be followed by a meal and fellowship at Highland United Methodist Church. Arrangements by Flora Funeral Service and Cremation Center, Rocky Mount.