Dewight Cleveland was born to Willie Jean Gilbreath on March 4, 1958 in Amarillo, Texas. He was the third out of seven children. He graduated from Tascosa High School in 1977 and was apart of the varsity basketball team. He excelled in all sports, but his number one passion was basketball. This passion led him to receive a full scholarship to Clarendon Junior college.
Shortly after graduation, Dewight began working downtown at Mayfield Paper Company. He was a devoted employee and worked there just shy of ten years. Due to his large build and strength he then tested the waters in Security in Wichita Falls, Texas. He lived there for about six months. Dewight then began to use these same traits to start his new career in construction. Dewight helped construct numerous homes throughout the Amarillo area and neighboring cities. The project he was most proud of was the relocation and construction of Kabuki Romanza Steakhouse located off of I-40.
Having grown up with an extremely athletic and competitive family, his love of sports extended past his youth. Dewight joined a local football team along with playing co-Ed volleyball throughout his twenties. He’s a Pittsburgh Steelers fan through and through and one could see this displayed throughout his room. Although he had a love of sports, it didn’t compare to the love he had for his family and friends. He’s a man that was known for his heart. He had one more love worth mentioning and that was his love of food. He not only loved to partake in it; he also loved to cook. Some of his kids nicknamed him master chef and enjoyed his Spaghetti. Dewight is also remembered by his laugh and desire to crack jokes, the nursing home got more than they could handle.
Dewight departed life on Monday January 20, 2020. He was preceded in death by his parents Willie Jean Gilbreath and Lee Edward Cleveland; his sister Sharon Gilbreath; and his grandson Brennan Cole Thomas.
He leaves behind a strong legacy in the form of his 4 sons; Jermaine Tiwan Jones, Dewight Cleveland Jr., Darius Allen-Cleveland, and Dorian Allen-Cleveland; 7 daughters; Shanthony Lewis; Trashauna D Oates, Trashaunda D Tatum and her husband Emytt Tatum; Jessica Yvette Thomas and her husband Derrick Thomas; Melissa Nicole Morris, Destiny Allen-Cleveland and Diamond Allen-Cleveland; two brothers; Aaron Gilbreath and his wife Ruby Gilbreath; David Gilbreath and his wife Anke Gilbreath; three sisters; Sandra Gilbreath, Lynette Gilbreath, and Ja’Nice Gilbreath; along with a host of grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.
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