Buel Max Gillham, 92, of Searcy, Arkansas, a lifelong resident of White County, passed away on February 14, 2018. He was born on July 23, 1925 to Herman and Ora Gillham in El Paso, Arkansas. The family later moved to Searcy and he attended Searcy High School. Buel Max served in the United Sates Navy in the South Pacific during World War II and was a Purple Heart recipient. He and his first wife, Fonzine Landers Gillham, owned and operated El Charro, the first Mexican restaurant in Searcy, from 1962 to 1981. Prior to opening the restaurant, they owned a grocery store in Bald Knob.
Buel Max was preceded in death by his parents, sister Sybil Bonner, and Fonzine who passed away in 1996. He is survived by Doris Anderson Gillham, who he married in 2003, and step-children Scott (Laurie) Anderson of Springdale, Arkansas, Laura (Mike) Markert of Franklin, Wisconsin, and Eric (Belinda) Anderson of Searcy. Buel Max also leaves behind six step-grandchildren and several cousins.
Buel Max was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Searcy where he served on multiple committees, was highly respected, and was well known for his many acts of love and kindness for other people. He leaves to his family and all who knew him the legacy of a loving and compassionate heart and an example of Christian stewardship.
Memorials may be sent to First United Methodist Church 304 N Main, Searcy.