Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 27, 2012, at White Springs Baptist Church in Rainbow City for Mr. Richard "Clyde" Yeats Gilbert, 85, of Rainbow City. The Revs. Tommy Crocker, William Winters and Joe Lancaster will officiate. Burial will follow with military honors at Rainbow Memorial Gardens. Mr. Gilbert died peacefully on Tuesday, April 24, 2012, at Hospice of Marshall County, Shepherd's Cove. He will lie-in-state at the church for one hour prior to services. Collier-Butler Funeral and Cremation Services directing services.
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Mr. Gilbert was born Feb. 9, 1927, in Etowah County to Herman Herzburg and Edna Yeats Gilbert. He served his country in the U.S. Navy, Pacific, during World War II aboard the USS Norris, where he was a Fireman First Class. On June 1, 1951, he married the love of his life, Erlene Riddle Gilbert, at Friendship Baptist Church in Rainbow City. Mr. Gilbert received his education from Glencoe High School. He was retired from Goodyear and was a cattle rancher. He also owned a minnow and bait business in Rainbow City. Mr. Gilbert was on the Rainbow City Zoning Board, a deacon at White Springs Baptist Church, and also served on many mission trips with the Etowah Baptist Association. He was a member of White Springs Baptist Church and was a man who was loved by all who knew him.
Mr. Gilbert is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 61 years, Erlene Riddle Gilbert, of Grove Oak, Ala.; daughters, Cynthia Gilbert Ramseur (George), of Ocean Springs, Miss., and Carolyn Sue Gilbert, of Grove Oak; grandson, George Gilbert Ramseur, of Annandale-on-Hudson, New York; granddaughter, Carolyn Ruth Ramseur, of Sewanee, Tenn.; and a brother, Joseph N. Gilbert (Joyce), of San Antonio, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his sisters, Jean Gilbert Faulkner, Elise Gilbert Nichols and Nancy Gilbert Crowder.
Pallbearers will be Gilbert Ramseur, Carolyn Ramseur, Phillip Nichols, Stanley Nichols, George Ramseur, Charles Nichols, Renee Lancaster and Dorothy Smith. Honorary pallbearers will be Luther Riddle and James Riddle.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to White Springs Baptist Church Mission Trips or Hospice of Marshall County.
Visitation and viewing will be from 6 to 8 this evening at Collier-Butler Funeral and Cremation Services.
Condolences for the family may be made at www.collier-butler.com.
Published in The Gadsden Times on Apr. 26, 2012