June 30, 1946 ~ November 27, 2011
Funeral services for Willie Gilstrap, 65, of Lone Star, will be 1 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church in Daingerfield, with burial at Spring Hill Cemetery near Omaha. A wake will be held from 6-8 p.m. Friday evening at Reeder-Davis Funeral Home, Inc. Willie Herbert Gilstrap was born to the parentage of Leo and Nina Mae Gilstrap, June 30, 1946 in Omaha, Texas and passed away Sunday, November 27, 2011 at a Longview area hospital. He accepted Christ at an early age at Shepton Baptist Church in Frisco, Texas. Of the children that Leo and Nina Mae were blessed with, Willie H. was the Baby Boy of four boys and one girl. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers; Frank (Bo) Gilstrap and L.G. (Uncle G) Gilstrap. Willie H. was known to his family and friends by several names; Snake, Buddy, Uncle Will H., and Willie D., but most of all Unc. Unc was the name given to him by the countless nieces and nephews that loved and adored him. He grew up in Plano and attended Plano ISD. After high school, he married Leta Driver and through that union one son was born, Gregory Gilstrap. His first job, where he worked with many friends and family members, was the Chrysler Boating company in Plano, Texas. He was employed there for 20 years. When he was ready to go back to the country, he went to work for Lone Star - US Steel plant in Lone Star, Texas. He worked there with many friends and family for more than 30 years. Mr. Gilstrap loved his family gatherings, fish fries and barbeques. He always had a smile on his face and joy in his heart. He wanted laughter in his presence at all times. Rather it was a handshake or a one armed hug, he greeted you with love and left you with excitement. But most of all he loved having is freedom to ride with the East Texas Cotton Choppaz. He was a faithful member of the Cotton Choppaz for many years. In 1990, he later married his present wife Linda (Sue) Davis Hursey. Will H. had always told her that they would be together until death parted them. They were together hand in hand until the end. Willie H. joined Wallick Chapel Christian Church in Daingerfield in July, 2005. In 2009, he became a member of the Deacon board. Soon after, he joined the Wallick Chapel Christian Church Male Chorus. In 2010, he became a member of the Usher board were he served the Lords door. He was a faithful member of the church until the Lord decided he had a higher position for him to serve his God. Left to cherish his memory, Linda (Sue) Davis - Wife, Mark Gilstrap - Brother, Ozie Mae Smith - Sister, Gregory Gilstrap (Deloncia) - Son and 3 grandchildren, Ryan (Plano), Kelsey (Wylie) and Zane (Ft. Worth) and one great grandchild, DeShawn (Wylie) . There are so many relatives that played an important part in his life that we can not list them all. We just want to say to all the family and friends, Cherish the Memories!
I will miss your smiling face and your spirit of living life to its fullest. The community will miss your living and giving spirit!May your soul rest in peace.
always had a smile and a kind word word to all. R.I.P. cousin
Snake I will miss a good neigbor.
Thank you for the kindness and helpful inspiration you gave me during my growing years in Daingerfield. RIP
To my Uncle/ Dad, you will FOREVER Be MISSED!! You were a friend, an uncle and a father to all. I Love You and so do the Boys!! The Houston Family
Summer LoveJust remembering the times you took me and the boys down to the lake to swim or to go fishing in the creek. The fun will remain etched in our memories forever!! You taught me the same things when I was a little girl. No wonder I am the Tom Boy that ya'll created… from the country of Daingerfield!
Thank's brother,love you!