James Otis Gilbert
August 26, 2015
James Otis Gilbert was born on May 19, 1962 to the proud parents, the late Mr. Earl Gilbert and Mrs. Jessie K. Coleman Gilbert in Attapulgus, Georgia. He was educated in the public schools and was a graduate of James A. Shanks High School in the Class of 1981.
After graduation, James pursued a career in the United States Armed Forces. His branch of choice was the Army, where he could be all that he could be. He served for many years.
Upon his return home, he gained employment with the City of Quincy in the Public Works Department. James became a father to James, Jr., Linda and Brenda. They were the light of his life. He cherished the love that fatherhood afforded him.
In 2003, he was joined in Holy Matrimony to his darling wife, the former Sharon Young and they enjoyed 12 years of marital bliss.
The Lord stepped into his life and he joined another Army; the Christian Army! He became an ordained deacon, a faithful one we might add, with the Word of Faith Pentecostal Ministries under the leadership of Pastor Mildred Baker. He served diligently and faithfully until such a time that his health prevented him from doing so.
God saw that he was getting tired and a cure on this side was not to be, so he sent his darling angels and beckoned to James, “Come with Me”. He transcended from life to immortality on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 while surrounded by the love of his family.
His presence will be missed by those left here to mourn his passing: his loving wife, Sharon Gilbert; his mother, Jessie Gilbert; his children, James Gilbert, Jr., Linda Gilbert and Brenda Gilbert; step-children, Elizabeth Ann McCloud and William LaSalle Ash; special grand, Terry Lee Aaron Butler; a host of grandchildren; his beloved sisters, Ruby Gilbert Woodson (Willie C.), Shirley Ann Campbell (Bobby) and Angela Smith; aunts, Pearlene Jakes and Dorothy Coleman and uncles, Theodis “Rat” Coleman and Willie “Bo” Coleman.
He was preceded in death by his father, Earl Gilbert; his uncle, Otha Brown, Jr. and his aunt , Jessie Mae Flowers.