Ronald M. Guilliams

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY - Ronald M. Guilliams, age 63, passed away on Monday, Oct. 13, 2003, at his home. He was born in Newport News, Va. He was the son of the late Albert M. and Lila Mills Guilliams of Callaway, Va. Mr. Guilliams had a distinguished 35-plus year career in the Fire and Rescue Service. It began with service in the U.S. Navy, serving in the Crash Fire Fighting Crew at Naval Air Station, Corpus Christi, Texas. Upon completion of his military service, Mr. Guilliams was with the City of Newport News Fire Service, the City of Alexandria Fire Service, and Prince William County Fire Service. Moving into the Federal Fire Service, Mr. Guilliams was with the Panama Canal Fire Service for 10 years, working his way through the ranks to the position of Chief, followed by a 10-year tour with the U.S. Navy Fire Service in Yokosuka, Japan, again, attaining the rank of Chief. Mr. Guilliams' last position was as Deputy Chief Fire Marshall for the U.S. Navy, headquartered in Washington, D.C. Upon retirement, Mr. Guilliams made his home in Prince Edward County. Mr. Guilliams is survived by his wife of 41 years, Phyllis; two sisters, Elaine Austin of San Antonio, Texas, and Charlotte Krell of Dallas, Texas; and a brother, Charles David Guilliams of Arlington, Va. A funeral service will be held at noon Friday, Oct. 17, in the Chapel of Shorter Funeral Home, Farmville, Va. Interment will follow at 1:30 p.m. in the Virginia Veterans Cemetery in Amelia. Family will receive friends on Friday 11:30 a.m. until noon. Shorter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Published in the Daily Press on 10/15/2003.

My trusted friend and brother. I will always treasure the lessons he taught me in life, about trying to do the right thing and just being there for others. His life was truly a life of service to others and to his family. He and his wife, Phyllis, were a very close team. She was the wings beneath his feet. Share your Ronnie stories with her when you have a chance.
Charlotte Krell (Richardson, TX )
October 20, 2003
Heidi and I were saddened to hear of your loss. You will be in our thoughts and prayers in these coming days.
Rick Robertson (Savannah, GA )
October 15, 2003