|Birth: ||Dec. 7, 1962|
|Death: ||Jun. 16, 2006|
Gil and I dated off and on for 5 years...through high school and into our first 2 years at college. He went to OU and pledged Fiji and I went to OSU and pledged Phi Mu. Eventually, the distance caused us to make the decision to date other people. All the while, we remained friends. I met and married a great guy from OSU in 1985. Gil came to our wedding with his parents and wished me the best. He would call to chat about once or twice a year to see how life was going for me. The last time that I saw Gil was in 1988. He was in Tulsa and called me to meet him at a restaurant on Peoria. We sat and talked for quite awhile. We talked about how we grew up together...fond memories of football games, Shotgun Sam's Pizza, driving T-Town (Peoria), going on dates, our senior prom and then college life and fraternity and sorority parties! At the time he was living in Eugene, Oregon and going to graduate school. He seemed content with his life.
I never saw or heard from Gil again. Often wondered how he was and if he had ever settled down and got married. I knew that his Dad had died first and then his Mom. Gil was left an only child as his older brother had died after coming home from the war. I had heard at our 20th high school reunion that he was back and living in Tulsa.
I didn't hear anymore about him until my mother called me one day in the summer of 2006. She told me that she had read in the Tulsa World that Gil had died. I asked questions and she stated that the obituary did not give alot of details. The lack of information caused my mother to call the funeral home and inquire. She learned that he lived alone in an apartment around TU. When he did not show up for work, a friend became concerned and went to check on him, only to find him dead. The coroner stated that he had been deceased for about 2 to 3 days. Cause of death was listed as heart failure. Since Gil was preceeded in death by both his parents and had no siblings, it was 3 weeks before a relative from Texas came to claim his body. Gil was laid to rest in a small cemetary in a small town in Texas.
This was a sad end to Gil's life. 44 is too young to die. When we were young, he and I dreamed and talked of our futures. Anyone who knew him in high school knew what aspirations he had for himself and the life that he wanted to lead. He had dreams of grandure...only hope that somewhere in the years after high school he made some of those dreams come true for himself.
Gilbert Gray Wright (Gray was his mother's maiden name)
December 7, 1962
June 6, 2006
Rest in peace Gil.
Michelle D. Blair (Payne
Created by: J Spencer
Record added: Aug 28, 2010
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I met Gil when I was in high school through the Masonic DeMolay organization. He was 5 years older, but still active in the organization and attended many Rainbow Girl functions that I was involved in. We became fast friends, because we both loved to la...(Read more)|
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It had been so many years since I saw you my friend. I wish we had been able to reconnect.|
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