Westly “Wes” Ray Gilstrap, age 42, of Webb City, Mo passed away on Friday, August 23, 2019 at his sister's home in Duenweg, Mo surrounded by family. Mr. Gilstrap, son of Michael Gilstrap and Becky (Bradbury) Plank, was born on January 11, 1977 in Joplin. Wes grew up and attended school in Carl Junction. He loved spending time with his family, being the joker of the family. He always had a positive attitude. He enjoyed conversating with people and his conversations included his quick wit and humor. He loved to make people laugh, and always had a new joke to tell. He enjoyed reading, listening to music and watching his favorite teams, Steelers, Chiefs, and Alabama Crimson Tide football.
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Survivors include his daughters, Allanis and Alexsis Plank, of Brewton, AL; his mother and step-father, Becky and Kirby Plank, of Brewton, AL; one sister, Carrie Ann Christenson, of Duenweg, MO; maternal grandmother, Beverly Bradbury, of Webb City, MO; two nieces Ashley Komma, and her husband, Zak, of Joplin, MO, and Amber Swager, of Carl Junction; and great niece and nephews, Raven, Phoenix, and Vincent.
Wes was preceded in death by his grandfather, Robert Bradbury, and his father, Michael Gilstrap.
A Celebration of Life service will be held on Thursday, August 29, 2019 at 6:00pm at the Mason-Woodard Mortuary in Joplin with the family to receive friends following the service on Thursday. Memorial donations may be made to the organization of donor choice and may be entrusted to the mortuary.