Johnny Raymond Gilbert


Johnny Raymond Gilbert

Johnny Raymond Gilbert, 76, of Cleveland, passed away on Dec. 5, 2017.

He was a “New Year's Baby” born on Jan. 1, 1941, to the late David and Geneva Gilbert. 

A resident of Cleveland for more than 50 years, he was dedicated to this community. He is most well-known for owning and operating Gilbert Fence Company, for 48 years. He used his company as a springboard for many different outreach opportunities and ways to give back to others. He loved to give back, something made evident as he would cheerfully give a box of doughnuts to many he came in contact with. His heart was larger than his personality and he loved his friends and family deeply. He was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. His memory will live on forever each time someone sees one of those yellow signs reading: “Good fences make good neighbors" and "If you meet me and forget me, you’ve lost nothing. If you meet Jesus and forget him, you’ve lost everything.” 

In addition to his mother and father, he was preceded in death by his wife, Judy Gilbert; son, Jonathan Gilbert; sister, Christine Sisk; and brothers: Wallace Gilbert, Herman Gilbert, Arthur Gilbert and Edward Gilbert. 

He leaves behind to cherish his memory his brother, David Gilbert Jr.; sister, Martha Marie Cooley; and grandson, Matthew Gilbert; and a host of nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends. 

A Celebration of Life will be held at 7 p.m . on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, at Heritage Fellowship Church of God, 4635 S. Lee Highway, McDonald, with Steve Gilbert officiating. 

The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, at the church, prior to the service. 

He will be laid to rest at Hilcrest Memorial Gardens at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017. A funeral procession will leave from Heritage Fellowship at 12:30 p.m. 

Share a personal memory of him or your condolences with his family at his online memorial, located at 


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