L.W. “Hoss” Gilbert | 1938-2019

Published Saturday, April 6, 2019

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L. W. Gilbert

L. W. “Hoss” Gilbert, 80, went to be with our Lord Wednesday, April 3, 2019, in Boyd.

Funeral service is 10 a.m. Saturday, April 6, at the Church of Christ in Boyd with Brother Mark Taylor officiating. Burial will follow in Boyd Cemetery.

Pallbearers include Ryan Cobb, Charlie Hanks, Randy Gilbert, Tim Gilbert, Ronnie Gilbert, and Larry Davis. Honorary pallbearer is Heath Gilbert.

Hoss was born Oct. 6, 1938, to Van Vleet and Myrtle Ardell (McCraw) Gilbert in Adger, Ala. He moved to Texas in 1958 and lived with one of his brothers and his wife and family. Hoss was united in marriage to Patricia “Deanna” Pelton Dec. 16, 1961, and had their son Heath in June 1967.

Hoss worked for Miley Trailer and then in 1961 went to work for Norton Metal. He managed their manufacturing for 19 years. He then opened Gilbert Metal Works with his brother Ray. In the meantime, he raised cattle, pigs and horses and cut and baled hay for friends and neighbors. Hoss also had an arena where cutters, ropers, team pinners and barrel racers rode and competed.

Hoss loved fishing, hunting and water skiing. He furnished bulls for the high school rodeos for their bull riders. Hoss loved being active and involved with others. Horses and bird dogs were a large part of his life. Hoss had a brilliant mind and could build anything. He designed and built logging oil bodies, cattle feeders, as well as government requested projects that no one else could build. He was a member of the NRA, TRA, SWTPA, NCHA and AQHA.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers James, Gearld, and Earl; and sister Eva.

Those left behind to cherish his memory are his wife of 57 years, Deanna Gilbert of Boyd; son Heath Gilbert and wife, Evie; grandchildren Ryan, Tia, Holly and Charlie; four great-grandchildren; brother Ray Gilbert and wife, Beverly; sister-in-law Deloris Decker Gilbert; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.

Donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.

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