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Patrick Gillespie

May 8, 1956 July 28, 2018
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Obituary for Patrick Gillespie

Patrick Clayton Gillespie died peacefully on Saturday, July 29, 2018 surrounded by family and friends. Patrick was born in Abilene on May 8, 1956, and grew up in Stamford, Texas. Pat was the son of Lynn and Anne Eugenie (Bulmer) Gillespie. Growing up in Stamford surrounded by good friends in the neighborhood was a happy time for Patrick. He and his buddy Gordie Haynes had a knack for stirring up mischief even long after they had moved away.

Patrick graduated from Stamford High School, class of ’74, and went on to play tennis at Tyler Junior College for Coach Fred Kniffen. He then attended North Texas State University, now University of North Texas, where he was a member of Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity. At NTSU he made life-long friends and never missed a chance to play in their annual golf tournament. He loved golf and lived for time together with his golf buddies on and off the course.
Patrick took his sports very seriously and excelled in most any he put his mind to, something he gently reminded anyone who would listen. He believed in first place. His passion for tennis led him to win several LaJet ProAm tennis tournaments and teach tennis lessons.
In his work life, Patrick was a top salesman for Lummus in the nineties, then went on to secure land leases as a land man at Devon Energy for fifteen years. He then worked alongside his family in the family businesses in Abilene.
A time or two Patrick was overheard saying it was tough growing up with red hair and a name like Pat. He made his way through life with persistence until his last breath.

Pat’s mother, Anne Gillespie, preceded him in death.

Patrick is survived by his father Lynn; brother Robert and wife Libbe; sister Anne-Marie and husband Pat Kinnard; nephews Garrett and Bradley Gillespie; nieces Emily Gillespie and Hudson Kinnard; great niece Carleigh Gillespie; cousins and many special friends.

Memorial services will be held Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at The Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest, 602 Meander, Abilene, Texas. The family is hosting a visitation with lunch afterward in the Parish Hall. Many thanks to all of Patrick's friends who stood by him until the end.

In place of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to West Texas Rehabilitation Center Hospice Service, 4601 Hartford St, Abilene, Texas, 79605.

Close friends serving as honorary pallbearers are Russell Johnson, Ronnie Mueller, Doug Morris, Smick Fletcher, Tim Boles, James Boone, Larry Pittman, Mark Ables, Danny Duggan and Mike Young.

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6:00 PM 7/31/2018 6:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 7/31/2018 7:00:00 PM
Kinney-Underwood Funeral Home

210 S. Ferguson
Stamford, TX 79553

Kinney-Underwood Funeral Home
210 S. Ferguson Stamford 79553 TX
United States

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11:00 AM 8/1/2018 11:00:00 AM
Heavenly Rest Episcopal Church

602 Meander Street
Abilene, TX 79608

Heavenly Rest Episcopal Church
602 Meander Street Abilene 79608 TX
United States

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