Rader Funeral Home - Kilgore, TX

Henry Clayton Villyard
April 18, 1917 - August 18, 2007
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Services for Henry Clayton Villyard, 90, of Kilgore will be  Two O’clock in Afternoon, Monday, August 20, 2007 at the Chapel of Rader Funeral Home with the Reverends David Hampton and Dr. Pete Freeman officiating.  Burial will follow in Kilgore City Cemetery.  Mr. Villyard passed away xxxxxx, xx, 2007 in Kilgore.


Mr. Villyard was born April 18, 1917 in Millsap, Parker County, Texas to the late Millard Fillmore and Sarah Jamie Villyard.  He was one of six children.  His father followed the oil booms in Texas and became a part of the many thousands who flocked to the East Texas Oil Field during the “Boom.”  Clayton attended Overton High School. He left school and went to work for a Humble Gas Station in Overton.  Mr. Villyard retired as a Lease Operator after 38 years with Tidewater/Getty Oil Company in 1982.  During World War II, Mr. Villyard was a member of the Texas Home Guard.


On August 14, 1939, he married Georgia Christine Henderson.  They had three children.  Mr. Villyard was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather who loved to fish with his wife and “best buddy”, Christine.  He loved to sing the old hymns and taught them not only to his children but also to his grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Above all, Clayton was a “piddler”, who loved to piddle around the house and the yard.  In their early years, the family attended Laird Hill Baptist Church where he was a Deacon.  Later, they attended the First Baptist Church where he was a Deacon and a member of the Masters Sunday School Class.


He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Georgia Christine Villyard of Kilgore; three children, William Henry Villyard and wife Gene of Longview, Robert Dwain Villyard and wife Sherry of Tyler, and Georgia Diane Johnson and husband Merritt of Longview; a sister, Letha Mae Lewis of Lubbock; two sisters-in-law, Imagene Daniel and Louise Tilley; eight grandchildren, Kyle Villyard, Kirt Villyard, Keith Villyard, Ryan Johnson, Angela Buttery, Marshall Johnson, Laura Weatherford, and Clay Villyard; seven great grandchildren, Jennifer and Stephanie Villyard, Max and Molly Villyard, Andrew and Heath Buttery, and Macy Weatherford; numerous nieces, nephews and a host of loving friends.


His parents, two brothers and two sisters preceded him in death.


The family will receive friends at Rader Funeral Home Sunday between six and eight pm.


Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Kilgore or to Heart to Heart Hospice, 1402 Rice Road, Tyler, Texas 75703.

Henry Clayton Villyard
April 18, 1917 - August 18, 2007




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