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Clarence Wesley Gossett Sr.,

January 26, 1954 — August 1, 2023



Clarence Wesley Gossett Sr., affectionately known as Wesley, passed away on August 1, 2023, in Temple, Texas. Born on January 26, 1954, in Big Spring, Texas, he was the beloved son of Cleveland Gossett Sr. and Juanita (Harper) Gossett. Wesley leaves behind a legacy of love, laughter, and a true zest for life.

Wesley's journey began in the United States Army when he enlisted in February 25, 1972. His military service instilled in him a deep sense of discipline and dedication that would carry him throughout his life. After his discharge, Wesley embarked on divervsediverse career path.    

In 1974, Wesley entered the oil field industry and spent ten years working diligently in West Texas. A man of many talents, he then transitioned to Purser Construction in Killeen, Texas in 1983. For several years, he contributed his expertise and helped build remarkable structures. In 1986 he injured his back and neck, when he fell from a high beam while working at a construction site. This accident would force him to have cervical and spinal surgery, rendering him disabled. Determined not to sit still, regardless of his injuries he pushed on. In 2001, driven by his passion for HVAC and electrical service technology, Wesley started his own business. Sadley due to his disabilities and health concerns, he was forced to retire.

Education was vital to Wesley's personal growth and professional success. He attended Big Spring High School. After becoming disabled he furthered his studies by attending American Trades Institute in Dallas, TX a local technical school for HVAC, electrical service and technology in 1989. Always striving to expand his knowledge base and improve his skills, Wesley demonstrated an unwavering commitment to growth

Those who knew Wesley will remember him as a charismatic individual who brightened any room with his infectious laughter and sense of humor. He had an uncanny ability to bring joy into the lives of others through jokes and lighthearted banter; he never took life too seriously. Music flowed through his veins; he loved singing, playing the keyboards, and could effortlessly play any instrument that crossed his path.

Beyond being musically inclined, Wesley also had a passion for the arts. Starting as an extra, he began to dabble in acting and had the opportunity to be a part of movies. He found solace and expression in his creative pursuits, bringing a touch of magic to every performance.

Wesley's hobbies reflected his curiosity and innovative spirit. Whether it was cheating at dominoes, showcasing his culinary skills on the grill, or serving his loved ones breakfast in bed, he found joy in the simple pleasures of life. He had a unique approach to fixing things around the house, using techniques that may not have passed inspections but were undeniably his own. Additionally, he enjoyed tinkering with broken electronics, always eager to unravel their mysteries.

Family meant the world to Wesley. Throughout his 46 years of marriage to his loving wife Brenda (Powell) Gossett, they built a bond grounded in love, respect, and shared experiences. Together they raised two sons, Clarence Wesley Gossett Jr (Ashley) and Jamion Edwards Gossett Sr., fostering their growth and encouraging their dreams.

Wesley had an uncanny ability to connect with others and inspire them to explore the wonders of the universe. He avidly educated his children and grandchildren on UFOs and science while nurturing their sense of adventure in nature's embrace. His storytelling prowess was legendary; he regaled all with tales so outlandish they transported listeners to another realm.

In addition to his immediate family, Wesley leaves behind cherished memories for his brothers George Gossett Sr. (Gale), Byron Gossett (Pamela), sister Ruth Gossett, brother-in-law Elmer T Powell, sister-in-laws Charlotte Gossett, Vernie Gossett, Lois Person (Thomas) Silvia Anderson (Michael). His impact extends further with twenty-three grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren who will carry forth his spirit as a lasting legacy.

Sadly, Wesley was preceded in death by his parents Cleveland Gossett Sr. and Juanita (Harper) Gossett, along with eight brothers - Lewis Luther Brown, Victor Brown, Cleveland Gossett, John L. Brown, Jesse L. Brown, Gregory Gossett, Joseph Brown, and Willie Joe Gossett - as well as his sister Catherine Powell, sister-in-law Jaqueline Booker, his nieces Rosalyn Gossett Neal, Sharnice Gossett, and nephew Hayden Gossett. Their absence serves as a reminder of the depth of Wesley's loss.

Tragically, in April of 2023, Wesley was diagnosed with Gallbladder Cancer. Undeterred by the challenges he faced, he courageously underwent chemotherapy and even a second surgery to combat the illness. Unfortunately, the cancer spread and progressed to stage 4, eventually leading to his passing. Throughout his battle, Wesley demonstrated unwavering strength and resilience, inspiring all who witnessed his fight.

Although we mourn Wesley's departure from this world, let us celebrate the incredible person that he was - a man who embraced life with open arms, spreading love and laughter wherever he went. His memory will forever resonate in our hearts and minds as a reminder to live each day to its fullest.

As we bid farewell to Clarence Wesley Gossett Sr., let us remember him not with sorrow but with gratitude for the joy he bestowed upon us during his time on earth. May his soul find eternal peace in the embrace of the universe he so passionately explored.

A special thank you to Baylor Scott and White Hospice, family and friends for their support. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Sabrina N. Young at Young's Daughters Funeral Home in Temple, Texas.

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