About Marlene

Let me tell you a little about myself.  I was born in Parkersburg, West Virginia, February 19, 1947, to Fred O'Dell and Deloris Skidmore. However, at the age of about 4, I went to my new family, Harold Franklin Hawkins and Reva Mason Barbour Hawkins.  We lived in a number of places while I was a child.  While my Dad, whose stage name was Hawkshaw Harold Hawkins, (picture)  was on the WWVA Jamboree in Wheeling, West Virginia, we lived in St. Clairsville, Ohio, on a small farm.  Later we moved to the Dickerson Road Trailer Park in Nashville, Tennessee, where he was on the WSM Grand Ole Opry.  One of his big hits was Slow Poke, written by PeeWee King, and his last big hit, in the top ten for three consecutive months after his untimely death, was Lonesome 7-7203

While my Dad was traveling and entertaining the world, my Mother basically raised me by herself. My Mother and Dad divorced in 1958, during which time I lived with my Grandparents, Mom's parents, Cassius and Clara Barbour.  Grandma was the most wonderful woman who ever walked this ole earth.  I know my grandmother is waiting for me in heaven.  If she did not make it, I don't see how anyone will.  I used to call her an angel.  However, I found out that, by doing so, I was lowering her status.  So, now I just refer to her as a Saint, which she was that.

While living with my Grandmother, I used to sing in the old church which sat right across the creek from her house, Camp Creek Tabernacle.  I loved singing and the people there seemed to love for me to sing.  There was a lady, I don't remember her name, but she used to buy sheet music for me and teach me the songs.  There weren't many services that I didn't get to sing.

After the divorce, my Mother retrieved me from Grandma's house.  My Mother remarried.  His name was James L. Franze.  Though, at first, I resented him and told him that he would never take my Father's place, he fulfilled the fatherly role pretty well.  He and I passed algebra. If it were not for Jim, I would not have passed it.  I loved and respected Jim more than I can express.  Jim died of lung cancer.  My Mother moved to Chesapeake, Ohio, which is right across the bridge from Huntington, West Virginia, Dad and Mom's birth place.

My Dad remarried, too.  He married another entertainer, Jean Shepard, who is still in the Country and Western field.  They were married two years and had one son, Don Robin Hawkins, named after Don Gibson and Marty Robbins.  On March 5, 1963, my Dad, Patsy Cline and Cowboy Copus were killed in a plane crash.  A few weeks later, Jean bore another son, Harold Franklin Hawkins, II, named after our Dad.

I grew up, married and had two children, Cheryl Renee and Kenneth Charles McKinney.  My marriage ended in divorce and I remarried the most wonderful man in the world, Dan Selden Gilliam, Sr.  Dan's first marriage ended in divorce, also. He had been raising his two children on his own, Dan Selden Gilliam, Jr. and Mary Elizabeth Gilliam. 

My husband and I rededicated our lives to the Lord and serve Him with all our hearts today. I have achieved two Master's Degrees in Theology and have completed the hours needed for my Doctorate.  However, I have not completed the dissertation. I am a singer/songwriter, author and speaker.  My husband has has become Dr. Dan S. Gilliam, Sr, with a PhD in Pastoral Counseling and Psychology.  He is an ordained Pastor, though we do not have a typical church at this time. We do not feel that it is God's Will presently for us to have a church because we travel as Evangelists to various areas to sing and speak. 

Along with singing, I have also written a number of songs of my own.  A CD  is available, by request, as a thank you for a suggested donation to the ministry of $12 or more.  One of my most recently written songs, I Need You Daddy. is playing on several radio stations around the world and in the United States.

I have also written a few books.  But, God, They Died  is available through Amazon.com, and In Whose Image will be available soon.  You can read portions of them on our Electronic Apostle site.

I love music and I love singing.  My desire is for God to open doors which will permit me to glorify the Lord in song as often and in as many locations as possible.  I am not adverse to traveling for an engagement.  I do not have a "FEE" as my gift was freely received from the Lord and I freely give it back to Him. I am available, as scheduling permits, to sing in your church.  I also do concerts and sing at other events, such as, revivals, weddings, funerals, festivals, reunions, etc.  I sing Gospel music: Country, Southern and Contemporary styles.  If you wish to have me sing and/or have us conduct a revival at your church service or event, please contact me at:: or call 1-806-517-4968 and ask for Dr. Dan, my husband.

Some of my most requested songs are:


Ain't No Grave
Blood Bought Church
Born to Die
I Bowed on my Knees and Cried Holy
Tears Will Never Stain the Streets of that City
The Blood Will Never Lose It's Power
There is a River
When He Was on the Cross

And, of course, my own songs which you can hear on my "Music" page:


I Need You, Daddy
Sweet, Gentle Voice
Just Hold On
Don't Get Too Far Behind Him
Oh, Yes, I Found Jesus
Lord, Deliver Me

I would really love to hear from you. Just drop me a line or two to say, "Hello." And don't forget to go to my guestbook (Sign Guestbook View Guestbook). If you leave your E-Mail address, I will try to get back in touch with you. If you have any questions, I will be glad to answer them, just let me know. Also, if you, personally, know of any information on this site that is incorrect, please contact me and let me know so that I may make adjustments to the information. By the way, I am also on Yahoo Messenger as: smarleneg.

May God bless you and yours and may the Good Lord take a likin` to ya.

Yours truly and sincerely, 
Marlene Gilliam
Raised Country...Singin` Gospel

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