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Leon Gibbs Funeral Services Set

Services are set for a "Hometown Hero", a legend in the music of Western Swing.
Services are set for a "Hometown Hero", a legend in the music of Western Swing.

Leon Gibbs passed away on Thursday at the age of 92.

Leon grew up in Wichita Falls, and started playing music before he even started school.

He eventually taught his older twin brothers, Sam and Nat how to play guitar and mandolin.

Then, before they knew it, the brothers became so popular, they even had to change their name so they could secretly moonlight at KWFT radio.

They were Miller Brothers on the radio station, and Gibbs Brothers at Times Publishing Company.

Leon fought in the Philippines during World War II, and then all three brothers returned home safely, and picked right up where they left off.

Leon Gibbs, Western Swing Hall of Famer, 2005: "We went right into the music business. We built the MB Corral, which was the biggest club in this part of the country. We stayed there all of these years, and we traveled. We traveled from the bottom of the world to the top of the world. New foundland, Puerto Rico, Cancun, Jamaica, Iceland, all over the world."

Just some of the many greats who played the MB Corral were Elvis, Ike and Tina, and Jerry Lee Lewis.

Leon would play with the one and only Bob Wills, and was in "The Last Picture Show," and then later in "Texasville".

He also taught music for many years at Sam Gibbs Music, something he always loved.

Leon's services are set for 2 PM Monday at Owens and Brumley Chapel on 9th street.

Burial will follow at Crestview Memorial Park off Archer City Highway.

From 2- until 4- on Sunday, there will be a visitation at Owens and Brumley.
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