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Sylvian Earl Gillespie

August 25, 1940 ~ December 27, 2023 (age 83) 83 Years Old
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Sylvian Gillespie Obituary

Sylvian Earl Gillespie was born on August 25, 1940, on a ranch in Beaver County OK, delivered by his great aunt Fronie Gillespie.  He was the third child of Florence Mae Gillespie (Roots) and Virgil Lee Gillespie.  He passed away on December 27, 2023, at 83 years old with his wife, Vernita and daughters, Kerri and Kristel, by his side.  He passed away in ICU at Integris Health Woodward Hospital in Woodward, OK. 

As a boy and teenager, summers were spent traveling with his parents and siblings from southern Oklahoma north to Montana and the Dakotas following the wheat harvests with their custom combines to cut wheat.  He enjoyed this time and seeing the countryside and meeting new people.

Sylvian attended Follett, TX schools and graduated in 1959.  He then married Vernita Rae Davidson on June 20, 1959, in Follett, TX at the United Methodist Church.  Sylvian and Vernita moved to Lubbock, TX in the fall of 1959 to attend Texas Tech College.  They had two daughters, Kerri in 1960 and Kristel in 1967.  Sylvian graduated from Tech in 1969 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting.  In the Summer of 1975, he graduated from the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking summer program at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX.

Sylvian and family moved to Odessa, TX where he started his banking career at a local bank.  In 1980, Sylvian went to work for a local bank in Roswell, NM where he provided bank trust services to his loyal customers throughout Southeast NM and West TX until his retirement in 2010.  He was a well-loved and respected member of the community he served.

In 2011, Sylvian and Vernita moved to Woodward, OK to be closer to Vernita’s mother and sister.  During these retirement years they were able to enjoy travel to Mexico and trips to visit their daughters and other family.  Vernita continues to reside in Woodward, OK. 

Sylvian’s leisure time over the years was spent camping with family in their Rockwood camper, bass fishing and boating fun with fishing buddies, refurbishing vintage Mustangs and other antique vehicles, and coin and rock collecting.  He also appreciated fine art and became an accomplished artist himself.  He liked to paint with oils, and we enjoy many of his works among our homes.  He particularly loved spending time at the family farm in TX and occasional visits to casinos.  Sylvian loved anything chocolate and was a meat and potatoes kind of guy.  His favorite thing was his mother’s chocolate cake.

Sylvian lived every day of his life with integrity and was honest to a fault.  He never met a person that he could not have a conversation with about something, even in Mexico without knowing Spanish.

Sylvian was preceded in death by his parents, Florence and Virgil Gillespie of Follett, TX; older brother, Jim of Dumas, TX and younger sister and brother-in-law, Karen and Jerry League of Enid, OK. 

He is survived by his wife, Vernita Gillespie of Woodward, OK; daughters, Kerri Gillespie of Wright, MN and Kristel Gillespie of Woodward, OK; sister-in-law Trudy Gillespie of Dumas, TX; older sister and brother-in-law, Beverly and Bill Schneider of Stillwater, OK; younger brother and sister-in-law, Jordy Ray & Florene Gillespie and numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.  Sylvian really enjoyed meeting all the little ones that came along over the years.


A  Memorial Service will be at the Follett Methodist Church Saturday January 20, 2024 at 2:00 PM

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Celebration of Life Memorial Service
January 20, 2024

2:00 PM
Follett Methodist Church
400 East Ivanhoe
Follett, TX 79034


Follett Methodist Church
P.O. Box 186, FOLLETT TX 79034


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