He confessed Christ at an early age and attended services at Triumphant Church the Kingdom of God Christ in Barbourville, Kentucky and St. Mary's Pentecostal Church of God in Elyria. Jerry was born in Barbourville, Kentucky on March 16, 1938, moving to Lorain County at an early age. He graduated from Elyria High School, where he played on the school's basketball, baseball, and track teams. Jerry was especially talented in basketball and continued to play after graduation until his early forties. These activities played a major role in Jerry's life, as he was able to positively influence not only his children, but other young individuals, as a volunteer basketball and baseball coach/mentor. He was also a skilled golfer and his talent and love for the sport allowed him to travel to numerous courses around the U.S.
Jerry worked as an electrician and was owner-operator of EKS Construction. He retired from Gilcrest Electric in 2000. He was also employed as an assistant basketball coach for the Clearview High School varsity basketball team and held a part time position with Dick's Sporting Goods in the Golf Pro Shop.
Jerry will be sadly missed by his loving wife, Barbara Gilbert (nee Wells); sons, Jerry (Anita) Gilbert, Jr. of Sacramento, California, Gene (Brenda) Gilbert, James (Veronica) Gilbert, Jeffrey (Lisa) Gilbert, all of Elyria, Eric Gilbert of North Royalton and Kenny Gilbert of Lorain; daughter, Shayla Gilbert of Columbus; brothers, Samuel (Ernestine) Gilbert, Jr. of Elyria, Anthony (Erma) Gilbert of Fairmead, California, Micha (Nadine) Gilbert of Lorain; sisters, Valerie (Jerry) Warfield of Lorain, Sandra Gilbert of Elyria and Olivia Gilbert of Youngstown; 10 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; one great great grandchild; uncle, Eugene (Midge) Mays and aunt, Thelma Bledsoe, both of Barbourville, Kentucky; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Jerry was preceded in death by infant twin sons, Keith and Kevin Gilbert; loving parents, Samuel and Mary Gilbert; and brothers, Ernest and Allen Pope.
Visitation will be held Friday, May 3, 2013 from 7 to 9 P.M. and Saturday, May 4, 2013 from 11A.M. until time of service at 12 Noon at Lake & Walnut Church of Christ, 1101 Lake Ave., Elyria, where Jerome H. Garrison is Minister. Burial will follow in Brookdale Cemetery, Elyria.
Professional services entrusted to Brown-Robinson Funeral Home, 2652 Broadway Ave, Lorain OH 44052; (440) 244-1831.