Leon F. Kirksey, 94, of Corpus Christi died Dec. 22, 2007.

Leon was born and raised in Wyoming. He married his wife, Edna, in 1934. They moved to Corpus Christi in the winter of 1937. He worked in construction at first and then tied up ships in the Port of Corpus Christi. He also drove a Texaco gasoline truck part time for farmers and ranchers south of Corpus Christi. Leon operated the Bascule Bridge until its demolition, and then went to work as an operator at the Bulk Ore Dock Crane until his retirement in 1985 at 72 years of age. He loved the port and could tell some interesting stories about his time at the "bridge" and about the ports growth. Everyone that knew him, knew of his stories and his jokes, (never forgetting a joke). He was truly a part of Corpus Christi's history. Leon loved to travel, and went to 49 states and Canada. If there was a bridge anywhere, he wanted to see it.

He was preceded in death by his wife of over 46 years, Edna; his son, Henry; two daughters, Leona Kirksey and Virginia Holliday; one granddaughter, Candy Bridwell; three brothers and one sister.

Surviving are his wife, Mabel; two daughters, Doris Bridwell and Nathalie Lemley of Corpus Christi; one brother, Curtis Kirksey of Walkill, N.Y.; 18 grandchildren; 35 great grandchildren; seven great great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26, in Jackson Woods Presbyterian Church with Pastor Michael Brundeen officiating. Burial followed in Memory Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, friends are asked to make contributions to Jackson Woods Presbyterian Church in his memory.

Sawyer-George Funeral Home