William Glenn Gilbert
William Glenn Gilbert, 85, of Roanoke, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, October 8, 2008. He was retired from the Norfolk Southern Railway with 40 years of service as a engineer. He was a member of the Melrose Masonic Lodge #139 and the Scottish Rite. He was a former member of the Melrose United Methodist Church and a current member of the Preston Oaks Baptist Church. William was a United States Army veteran of World War II and was a recipient of the Bronze Star and the European-African Medal. He is preceded in death by his parents, George R. Gilbert and Mary Hanby Gilbert. Surviving are his wife of 54 years, Mildred Franklin Gilbert; daughters and sons-in-law, Linda and Larry Rice, of Roanoke, Cathy and Ben Saunders, of Columbia, Va.; two granddaughters, Mandy Fennell and husband, Danny, of Scottsville, Va., Emily Saunders, of Columbia, Va.; also are a number of cousins. Memorials may be made to the Preston Oaks Baptist Church or the Good Samaritan Hospice. The family would like to thank the staff of the Virginia Veterans Care Center and staff of Good Samaritan Hospice for all their fine care. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, October 11, 2008, at Oakey's North Chapel with the Rev. Shawn Dobbins and the Rev. Dick Jones officiating. Interment with Masonic Rites by Melrose Masonic Lodge # 139 will be in Sherwood Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, October 10, 2008, at Oakey's North Chapel, 540-362-1237.
October 14, 2008 Mr. & Mrs. Gilbert have been true friends to the hawkwatch and people we look forward to seeing each Fall. They are part of our family. I recall that he was in the cavalry during WW2, but wouldn't provide details - characteristic of the greatest generation. We had a standing joke: One year during mid-September he had to walk down the trail, as we call it. While he was "walking", a great bunch of Broadwings came over the knob to everyone's delight. I credited his journey down the path with the great flight of hawks and each time he would come to the mountain, he would ask me if he should go down the path. Mr. Gilbert seemed to be a quiet, humble man who loved his family and his country. We will miss him very much and trust Mrs. Gilbert will visit us on the mountain. Harvey's Knob Hawkwatch (Roanoke, VA)
Mic and Carrie on a windy Thanksgiving
Peggy O. and Mike