GLEAVES, Alva Alton "Al" died July 9, 2009


Alva Alton 'Al' Gleaves

CANYON, Texas Memorial service for Alva Alton "Al" Gleaves, 66, Canyon, Texas, will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Arden Road Baptist Church with Bob Weger officiating.


Mr. Gleaves died Thursday, July 9, 2009.


Private family burial will be at Dreamland Cemetery.


Local arrangements are under direction of Schooler Funeral Home.


Arrangements are under direction of Whinery Funeral Services, Sayre.


He was born June 1, 1943, in Elk City. He grew up in the Berlin/Grimes communities, and married Joyce Evalena Baker in 1961 at the Berlin Community Center. They lived in Sayre before moving to and working on his wife's parent's home place. They moved to Strong City, where they managed a dairy farm until moving to Claude, Texas. They later moved to Happy, Texas, where he worked for the Wallace Ford Company. They moved to Canyon, Texas, and he began working on the farm for Delmer Durrett. His wife died in 1974. He married Sharon Kay Wise on Sept. 22, 1974, in Canyon, and they made their home north of Canyon. He owned and operated Al's Garage and Welding, as well as A&L Services before working as a service technician for West Texas Gas in 1995. He was a member of Grace Community Church, and had been a member and officer of the Randall County Sherriff's Posse.


Survivors include his wife; a daughter and son-in-law, Cyndie and Gene Cooley, Amarillo, Texas; a sister and brother-in-law, Glenda and Brad Whinery, Elk City; two brothers and sisters-in-law: Wayne and Freda Gleaves, Hobbs, N.M.; and Lee and Debbie Gleaves, Lawton; three grandchildren and their spouses: Jimmy and Shelly Allen, Canyon; Aleshia and Joe Cardenas, Amarillo; and John Allen, Midland, Texas; three great-grandchildren: Marcus Deshane Allen, Jaylee Marchelle Allen and Lily Isabella Cardenas; his father-in-law, Ernest Wise; and many other relatives and friends.


He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Alva Alton "Junior" Gleaves; an infant daughter, Virginia Fay; and an infant sister.


from The Lawton Constitution 7/11/2009