John Floyd Gilbert

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Dudley-Hoffman Mort, Crematory & Memory Gardens
1003 E Stowell Rd
Santa Maria, CA

John Floyd Gilbert, aka, "The Gil", passed away on October 28, 2017, at age 74, in Santa Maria, CA with his family by his side. John was born on December 16, 1942 in Santa Maria to parents Osborne Gilbert and Clementine Gilbert-Jackson; the middle of their 3 sons. John was a loving husband and father, beloved son, great family man and friend. He married, the love of his life, Pauline and the couple had 4 children that were his "pride and joy."

In his youth he was active in sports and spent many of his free time during his formative years at the Eastside Boys Club. He attended Santa Barbara High School, where he led the 1960 SB Dons, Golden Tornadoes, football team victoriously to the CIF Championship. He went on to play college football at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM.

After hanging up his football cleats, he put his track spikes and didn't stop running until he reached the world-stage. John was invited to join the National Striders Track Club where he represented the USA team in various countries to include Russia, Poland, England, Canada and in the USA. Small was his stature at 5'5" but great was his impact. Bob Hayes was clocked as the fastest man in the world, running the 100-yard dash in 9.1 seconds with John on his heels at 9.2 seconds.

On returning to Santa Barbara, John became a masterful barber. He went to barber school after which he became the proud owner of Johnny's Barbershop on Anacapa St. Later while supporting his family through the barbershop John had aspirations to further his education goals. John applied for and received the newly established Martin Luther King Scholarship to attend UCSB where he majored in Sociology. John worked 35 years for InDyne, Inc. and retired in 2008. John's highest calling and greatest decision however, was accepting Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. At House of Prayer Church of God in Christ, he served on the BBQ Team 30+ years, as a Deacon 20+ years and devoted member of the church. He was much beloved by his church family and he loved them!

John was a socially active man who was deeply involved in helping others for most of his life. He enjoyed coaching, mentoring, barbering, supporting his friends, and BBQing. His family and friends will always remember him as a someone who would make them laugh and give them a great sense of pride in themselves, and give you a fresh haircut. John had many distinctions as a World Class Sprinter, Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table Hall of Famer, Santa Barbara Dons Wall of Famer, Ye Ole Dons Inductee, Retired Computer Specialist and countless others.

Left to cherish his memory, is his wife Pauline Gilbert of 53 years; his daughter Keysha Gilbert-Monette, (Kevin Monette); daughter Sedikia Gilbert-Thompson (Antonio Thompson); daughter RaShawna Gilbert-Coulibaly (Djibril Coulibaly) all of Santa Maria. John is also survived by his mother Clementine Jackson of Santa Barbara; uncle, Floyd Gilbert (Ruby Gilbert) of Santa Barbara; sister, Audrey Hazelwood of Ventura; brother, Lee Shamburger of Oakland, 13 grand-children, 2 great-grandchildren of Santa Maria and host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his; brother Osborne "Chris" Gilbert; brother, Ernest "Butch" Gilbert and son John Jamil Gilbert.

A "Celebration of Life" service will be held on November 10, 2017, at Pacific Christian Center, 3435 Santa Maria Way, Santa Maria, CA 93455 with a reception to follow; after the internment at the Santa Maria Cemetery. On Thursday, November 9, 2017, there will be a public viewing at Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary from 3 - 7pm. All are welcome to attend and celebrate John's life. The Gilbert Family would like to thank all of our family members and friends, the House of Prayer COGIC, and all those who knew him in the Santa Barbara and Santa Maria community. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to his home church, House of Prayer COGIC, 640 S. Frontage Rd, Nipomo CA 93444. Cards and expressions of love can be sent to the Gilbert Family Home at 706 N. East Ave., Santa Maria, CA 93454.

Published in The Santa Barbara News-Press Online Edition from Nov. 5 to Nov. 9, 2017
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