Mr. Virgil “Pearl” Gilbert, age 89, Jonesborough, passed away Friday, June 3, 2022, at his residence.
Mr. Gilbert was born February 26, 1933, in Jackson County, Kentucky, and the son of the late Benjamin Harrison & Cora Lee May Gilbert.
He was a founding member of Christ Fellowship Bible Church. He was a loving family man, neighbor, role model and teacher. He was a talented singer. He loved to fish, hunt and was a great storyteller. He was known for being fun-loving and giving.
Mr. Gilbert was a skilled cabinet maker and home builder.
He was one of fourteen children and survived by his wife, Charlene Gilbert, Jonesborough; three sons, Virgil Gilbert, Jr., Robert Dean Gilbert (Pam), all of London, KY and Harrison “Ricky” Gilbert (Sherry), Jonesborough; three daughters, Carolyn O’Hearn (Michael), Lancaster, KY, Ganelle Hooks (Chad), Jonesborough and Carrie Perry (Brian) Jonesborough; sixteen grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren; brother, Sterling Gilbert (Wilma), Knob Lick, KY; sister, Marylou Marcum (Art), McWhorter, KY; and several nephews and nieces.
Funeral services will be conducted 7:00 PM, Tuesday, June 7, 2022, at Pleasant Valley Church of the Brethren with Pastor Chad Hooks officiating. The family will receive friends from 4:00-7:00 PM Tuesday prior to the service.
Graveside services will be conducted 11:00 AM, Wednesday, June 8, 2022, at Pleasant Valley Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be, grandchildren, Abraham Hooks, Samuel Hooks, James Hooks, Scobee O’Hearn, Robert Gilbert and Jacob Perry.
Thoughts & prayers during this difficult time. Uncle Virgil was a kind & humble man with a great sense of humor. He was a talented carpenter that had a great love for his family.
One Sunday afternoon in 1982, Virgil stopped by our home asking about the old store building, which was recently closed due to Dad's death. He was moving to this area looking for a place for his cabinet shop. I remember without hesitation, Mom said yes it can be yours...She said with that initial 10 minute introduction to a total stranger she knew this was a good decent
man. Our family is so proud to have Virgil Gilbert as a family friend all these years. He will be missed in this community. Deepest sympathy to his family ...... from the Family of late Evelyn Martin Barbara, Karen, Sidney III
Jaye and Deborah Cornett
Charlene and family, we are so very sorry for your loss. We pray that your happy memories will help you through the sadness of your loss of Virgil, love always and forever.
I know you have been bracing for Virgil's passing for quite a while, but when the time comes and the rooms are still it is never easy. I've missed seeing you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Kent and Dana Walker
Virgil was a wonderful friend to Keith and I we have a lot of great memories from being in church together to staying at the cabin. He will be deeply missed. The love he had for the Lord surely showed through his songs.
Kathryn W. Wilhoit
Charlene, please know that thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We know that through our faith we will be together again. Also the Pearl is with the LORD today, Love to you. Kathryn and Dean
Charlene,I am so sorry for your loss
God's peace and blessings to all of you at this sad time. Uncle Virg was such a special man. So sorry he is gone. Love to all of you.