Drew Gilliland


Richard Andrew “Drew” Gilliland, 27, of Cullowhee, gained his beautiful wings when he was called home to be with the Lord, on Saturday, May 14, 2022.

The heartbreaking news was unexpected and came as a surprise to all who knew and loved him.

Drew was born on Nov. 30, 1994, in Anderson, S.C., to his parents, Cale Elkins and Kim Gilliland. He was the baby brother to his sister, Hailey Elkins, and brother, Codey Elkins. He was also the big brother to Jacob Elkins. He cherished being a wonderful father to his son, Alijah Gilliland. He was his greatest attribute.

There were many things Drew did well. He was on the baseball team at Belton Honea Path High School until moving to North Carolina, where he continued playing baseball at Smoky Mountain High School. He could play the dulcimer and loved to be in nature either fishing, hunting or just admiring the beautiful views of the sunrise or sunset. Drew loved any and everything living. As a young boy, he enjoyed helping his mother, Kim, at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.

Every person that had the privilege to meet Drew was impacted by him in a positive way. He left his mark on every person who crossed his path. His big bright smile and blushed rosy cheeks would light up any room he entered. If anyone was good at making people laugh, it was Drew. His own laughter was contagious. There wasn’t one selfish bone in his body. He always put everyone before himself without hesitation.

Drew’s life was cut short, unfortunately. He will be missed dearly by all who knew and loved him. But if it was up to him, he would want everyone to smile and keep the memories made dear to their hearts. For this is not goodbye ... just see ya later!

Funeral services were held on Sunday, May 22, at 3 p.m. in the chapel of Appalachian Funeral Services with the Revs. Caleb Kelly and Doc Luker officiating.

The family received friends from 2 until 3 p.m. prior to the service.

Burial followed in Sols Creek Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Luker Brothers, P.O. Box 34, Tuckasegee, NC 28783.