Heyward Gilmore was born July 29th, 1927 in Lamar, SC to the late Mr. Thomas Gilmore and Mrs. Rebecca Evan Gilmore. He is the youngest of twelve children. Early Saturday morning August 13, 2022, Heyward heard and answered God’s call to come home. He was preceded in death by his wife, Morie Poole-Gilmore and two grandchildren Desaree Gilmore and Carl Johnson.
He worked as a laborer during his earlier year in Hartsville, SC. On May 5, 1949, he married Morie Poole. This union was blessed with two children, Alphonso Gilmore and Linda Gilmore-Graham. Heyward also was blessed with three additional children, Robert Poole, Selma Brabham, and Carolyn Johnson.
Seeking a better life for his family, Heyward moved to Sullivan County, New York. Here he worked as a truck driver at Inter-County Farmers Cooperative in Woodridge, NY. He also was employed at Monticello Raceway as a laborer, and finally retired from Fallsburg Central School where he worked from 1974 to 1994, as a valued and dependable custodian.
Heyward knew and loved our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He was a loving brother and father. One of Heyward’s greatest enjoyments was fishing. His friends and family members often spoke of and were treated to some great meals, such as fish and grits.
Heyward will be truly missed by everyone who loved him. Leaving to cherish his memory are his children Alphonso (Lorraine) Gilmore of Florence, SC, Linda (Charles) Gilmore-Graham of Hartsville, SC, Robert (Pauline) Poole of Fort Mill, SC, Selma (Lavon) Brabham of Varnville, SC, and Carolyn Johnson of Hartsville, SC: Seven grandchildren, Kristi Gilmore, Courtney Graham, Derrel Poole, Darlene Sanders, Devon Brabham, Javian Brabham, and Tiffany Johnson: and a host of nieces, nephews, close relatives, and friends.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, September 10, 2022 at 1:00 pm at Colonial Memorial Funeral Home, 396 State Route 52, Woodbourne, followed by interment at Rock Ridge Cemetery, Rock Ridge Avenue, Monticello. A repast will be held at the First Baptist Church in South Fallsburg.
Arrangements are under the care of Colonial Memorial Funeral Home, 396 State Route 52, Woodbourne, NY. For additional information please contact the funeral home at 845-434-7363 or visit the website at www.colonialfamilyfuneralhomes.com.
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