Born Monday, February 8, 1943
Died Saturday, May 16, 2020
Life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that takes our breath away.
On February 8, 1943, Clemmie and Minnie [Smith] Gilyard were blessed with a baby boy that they named Leon.
On Saturday, May 16th, 2020 at 4:57 P.M., with his wife, sons and granddaughter by his side, Leon departed this earthly home. He was preceded in death by both parents, a brother, Walter, two sisters, Doris and Adeline.
Leon was educated in the Rentiesville Public School System, where he graduated with the Class of 1961. After graduation, he spent time in the United States Army. He married his wife, Connie Frances and their union was blessed with two sons.
Leon and Connie spent their adult life in Kansas City, Missouri before moving to Checotah on December 19, 2009. He was welcomed to Checotah by a young man named Jimmie Toliver and they bonded as brothers.
Leon leaves to cherish his memories; his wife of 54 years, Connie; two sons, Alfred and Kenneth; three granddaughters, Moniece [Kelly] Phillips, Kansas City, Missouri, Kimberly [James] Davenport, Cleveland, Ohio, and Ashley Gilyard, Tulsa, Oklahoma; a grandson, Korey [Janay] Gilyard, Cleveland, Ohio; extended son and daughter, Barbara and Corey, Grandview, Missouri; his sisters, Maudie Gaskin, St. Louis, Missouri, Joann Pulliam, Kansas City, Missouri and Lillian [Froncell] Shannon, Tulsa, Oklahoma; a brother, Larry [Gloria] Burrell, Kansas City, Missouri; a close nephew, Curtis Gilyard, Overland Park, Kansas; along with a caravan of other nieces, nephews, cousins and friends that always showed him great love.
You may visit Mr. Gilyard, as he slumbers in peaceful repose at the funeral home on Thursday from 1:00 PM until 6:00 PM. Burial will be in the Fort Gibson National Cemetery at 10:00 AM.