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Britt

Rodd

Gilbert

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November 8, 2017

Britt Rodd Gilbert, 74, of Covington, VA died Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at his residence. He was born July 12, 1943 in Washington, D.C., a son of David and Elinor Rodd Gilbert. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Geoffrey Gilbert and one nephew, Matthew Gilbert. Britt attended St. Albans School and sang as a choir boy for the Washington National Cathedral in his youth, developing his tremendous love of music and a lifelong enthusiasm for classical performances. He attended St. John's College in Annapolis, MD, studying Greek and Latin literature, oratory, mathematics, and the sciences. Britt was drafted into the U.S. Army as a truck driver in May 1966, and in 1967 was transferred to the Army Reserve. He was in the Carpenter's Union and later the Operating Engineers Union and helped maintain the enormous tunnel boring machine that dug the subway tunnels for the Washington, D.C. Metro. Britt also taught algebra in the D.C. public school system for several years, studied graduate chemistry at George Washington University, coached gifted children in science competitions, became a welder, crane operator, auto mechanic, a restorer of old grain mills, and an entrepreneur. He restored Burnshire Dam in Woodstock, Virginia to power-generating condition in 1979, and for the remainder of his life pursued entrepreneurship in hydro and gas power plants around the world. Britt was the son of David Gilbert, a specialist in reproductions of rare artifacts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., and the grandson of Lt Cdr Herbert C. Rodd, the radio operator on the Curtiss NC-4, the first plane to cross the Atlantic in May 1919. Britt was formerly married to Elaine Evans Gilbert of Woodstock, VA, for twenty years. In addition to Elaine, he is survived by three daughters, Grace Gilbert and her husband Bart Singer of Menlo Park, CA; Maggie Crawford of Winchester, VA, and Amanda Gilbert and her husband Scott Runnels of Alexandria, VA; one son, Evan Gilbert of Woodstock, VA; four grandchildren, Christopher Crawford, Michael Crawford, both of Winchester; Helena Runnels of Alexandria, and Wesley Singer of Menlo Park; two brothers, Mark Gilbert of Maysville, WV, and Chester Gilbert of New York, NY; and three nieces. The service will be held at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Woodstock, VA on January 20, 2018 at 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the St. John's College Alumni Association in Annapolis, Maryland.
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Juanita /Kenny Helton

Apr 23, 2024

The family of Betty ,we will miss her so much ,I will never forget her Praising the Lord ,always dancing in the presence of the Lord ,always had a heart of gold for the people ❤️, she is now in the arms of the Lord ,

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Laura Harris Waddy

Apr 23, 2024

Betty was my classmate from grade 6 at Watson to Graduation from CHS, c/o 1971. She was very quiet, yet very friendly.
I saw her several times, after her return to Covington, usually at church. She was very spiritual and loved worship and praise.
My condolences 🙏🏽 and prayers to her entire Family.

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J.R. & Mary Persinger

Apr 23, 2024

Sorry for your loss. May Joe rest in a peaceful heaven. Prayers for the family.

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Debbie Shuart

Apr 22, 2024

Kathy, So sorry to hear of Robert’s passing. He’ll be remembered as the kind face and always a kind word sitting in front of us at Church. Prayers 🙏

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Mr. and Mrs Terry Rock

Apr 21, 2024

Shirley and family - We were so sorry to hear of your loss. Johnny was a fine man and he will be missed. Please know that you will be in our thoughts and prayers, with our sincerest sympathy.

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Thomas and Barbara Tucker

Apr 21, 2024

Robert was one of the greatest person I've ever met a Christian friend. And man always loved to see you happy go lucky. Never a bad word to say about anybody. Are lives are richer for knowing him .

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Debbie Tingler Smith

Apr 21, 2024

Shirley and Family
So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Johnny was such a kind sweet person. His smile would brighten anyone's day. God Bless All of You.

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Michele and Joshua

Apr 21, 2024

Shirley and family. Sorry for your loss.

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Sandy Lemons

Apr 21, 2024

Shirley, John and Lorrie my thoughts and prayers. Some of our best times in Covington were at your house. Johnny and Bo are up there healthy and pain free. My love and prayers are with you all.

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Donnette Miles

Apr 20, 2024

May you rest in paradise.

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Jack & Nadine Wykle

Apr 20, 2024

Cathy we are both so sorry for your loss. May you find hope and peace in the precious memories of yesterday.

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Roscoe R. Humphries

Apr 20, 2024

Jonny was such a wonderful man who loved his family, enjoyed his motorcycle rides with friends and attending car shows. Prayers to you Shirley and family.

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