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2800 N Van Buren
Enid, OK 73703
Phone: (580) 233-1400
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Gaylorde Willis

Gaylorde George Willis

Wednesday, January 24th, 1951 - Tuesday, August 18th, 2020
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Funeral services for Gaylorde George Willis, 69, of Enid will be held 10:00 am, Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at Ladusau-Evans Chapel with Reverend Norris Williams officiating. Burial will follow in Enid Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home.
Gaylorde was born January 24, 1951 in Camden, New Jersey to William T and Ola Mae Young Willis. He grew up in Burlington, New Jersey. Gaylorde attended school at Howard and Rutgers Universities. After college, he joined the United States Air Force, serving four years. He served as a civil servant employee for over twenty years. After which he retired from Vance Air Force Base. While serving his country, Gaylorde met the love of his life Shirley Nelson in Germany. They married in Reno, Nevada on September 5, 1976. Together they raised their two children. They lived in Arizona and Alaska before moving to Enid. Gaylorde received his Deacon’s License as well as his Ministry License while serving at First Missionary Baptist Church. Later he served at Grayson Missionary Baptist Church. He was an avid bowler scoring two 300 games, which earned him two Elite rings. He was the best griller ever and also loved to cook for church functions, from frying turkeys to baking cakes. He was an active cook for many Vance Air Force Base military functions. Gaylorde also enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Gaylorde is survived by his wife of 43 years, Shirley; daughter, Erin Willis; son, Taurean Willis and his wife Jamie; grandchildren, Mya and Jaedyn; brother, Glenn Willis and his wife Sara; sisters, Gayla Scott and her husband Randy, Glenda Freeman and brother, William Willis, Jr and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He is preceded in death by his parents.
Memorials may be made to the Leona Mitchell Southern Heights Heritage Center and Indian Museum with Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home serving as custodians of the funds.
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  • Service

    Wednesday, August 26th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Wednesday, August 26th, 2020 10:00am
    Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home Chapel
    2800 N. Van Buren
    Enid, OK 73703
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  • Interment

    Enid Cemetery
    212 W Willow
    Enid, OK 73701
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walter l young

Posted at 02:53pm
Although our hearts are heavy, Our memories are STRONG. Gaylorde has completed his journey here and is at PEACE with the LORD. May God Strengthen Shirley ,Erin, and Taurean. In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He will guide our path...Prov 3:6.

Gwenette Williams

Posted at 11:39am
To my family in Christ, I love you guys and my brother will be miss.
Praying for the family.❤️❤️❤️
I am also ways here for you all, just a phone call away.

John D Skannal Jr

Posted at 07:14am
Praying that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will show all of Gaylorde’s family members and close friends the way through this valley of sorrow and emotional pain…that He will lead all of us beside the still waters, restore our souls…and comfort us with the same deep love that will one day welcome all of us to heaven. With Deepest Sympathy for the entire Gaylorde George Willis family’s loss. v/r -- John D. Skannal, Jr., Fellow Veteran, Retired Coworker, and Friend

Candice Shaw

Posted at 10:28pm
Gaylorde will be truly missed by many people. He blessed the lives of so many. Were are so very lucky to have known him for as long as we have. We will be praying for all. Lots of love,
Adam and Candice Shaw

Emma Crump

Posted at 04:17pm
Gaylorde will truly be missed. I remember our childhood days in Georgiia. We would laugh and play with other cousins. All of this is in the past, but the positive memories will always remain.
Your first cousin,
Emma Crump and Other Family Members

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