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Lawrence

James

Gilbert

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February 5, 2021

Lawrence James Gilbert passed away peacefully at his home on Friday, February 5, 2021, at the age of 67. Born July 15, 1953, in Pittsburgh, PA, he was the son of the late James Lawrence and Dorothy Triner Gilbert. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by Hannah Laramae, a baby born directly into heaven through miscarriage; and, by his son, Nathanael Lawrence. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Iris May Gilbert, whom he married on June 28, 1975, in Washington, PA. He was a 1971 graduate of Chartiers Valley High School in Carnegie, PA. He earned his Associates Degree in Biology from Community College of Alleghany County, Pittsburgh, PA; his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Earth Sciences from California University of Pennsylvania; and, his Teaching Certificate from Radford University, VA. He did additional postgraduate work at several colleges, including Oklahoma State University, Stillwater; University of Idaho, Moscow; and, West Virginia University, Morgantown. His certifications included Radio Astronomer from NRAO, Greenbank, WV; Lunar Materials Instructor from NASA; and, numerous national recognition awards through NASA. He was also a recipient of the Scott Crossfield Award for Excellence in Aerospace Education. He began his career as an Earth Science Instructor at Alleghany High School, Covington, VA, and concluded his teaching career as an Instructor at Concord University, Athens, WV; an Adjunct Professor at Virginia Western Community College, Roanoke, VA; and, a substitute teacher at Covington High School. However, it was the position in the intervening years for which he was primarily known. As an Aerospace Education Specialist with NASA, he conducted seminars and educational programs for the K-12 community as well as for professional organizations. He brought to life the space program for thousands of students throughout the mid-Atlantic states, encouraging them to study hard and to pursue their dreams. His enthusiasm for NASA's history, potential, and future along with his incredible and detailed knowledge - presented passionately and without notes - amazed his audiences and held them spellbound. After his retirement and until he was called Home to meet his Maker, he spent a fair amount of time at home doing what he enjoyed - working outside, woodworking, and reading nonfiction - mostly history and science. Active in church services at Peaceful Valley Assembly of God, he also assisted with landscaping and recycling ministries. His wife will receive friends at Arritt Funeral Home on Wednesday, February 10, from 12:00-2:00 PM. Following, an open service will be conducted at Arritt Funeral Home on Wednesday, February 10 at 2:00 PM. The Reverend Dr. John Parks will officiate. Pallbearers will be selected from among those in attendance. Interment will be at Cedar Hill Cemetery. Cemetery Information Cedar Hill Cemetery 1521 S. Carpenter Dr. Covington,VA - 24426 Service Wednesday, February 10, 2021 12:33 AM Arritt Funeral Home Chapel 1102 S. Highland Ave. Covington,Virginia - 24426 Visition Wednesday, February 10, 2021 12:33 AM - 12:33 AM Arritt Funeral Home 1102 S. Highland Ave. Covington,Virginia - 24426
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Apr 13, 2024

Praying his son, and step sons, gets to come in for this - family together is healing. 🙏 Our families thoughts and prayers sent to yours and many blessings and healing prayers sent to the family. 💐

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Phyllis Sizemore

Apr 13, 2024

Shirley was a sweet person ,she would take me to my appointment s to the Dr .she was a very strong willed person if she believed in something she was very strong minded.She loved her family very much.Rest in peace now an fly high .

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Shirley and Lisa Griffith

Apr 12, 2024

Elsie and I (Shirley) were good friends having met when we were working at The Greenbrier and single. We both married Griffiths (not related). She will be greatly missed by all those that knew her. Stanley and Donna and families, you have our deepest sympathy and condolences in your time of sorrow..

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Julie Lawson

Apr 12, 2024

Lauren, I never got a chance to meet Bob but I could tell you dearly loved each other. God takes the good ones is something I believe. 🙏

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Bob Andrews

Apr 12, 2024

Stanley and Donna-so very sorry for your loss. Your mom and family was big part of the Trinity Baptist family when I was growing up.

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Kellysimmons

Apr 11, 2024

You was good person u will be miss my daughter liberty and my nephew Daniel and my self look forward to seeing you in the morning and in the evening on your porch where we spoke all the time we catch our self looking over to see u seating reading or looking at the mountain or taking care your plants .One best and friendly neighbors you could ever have . Sorry for they family

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Danna Thomasson

Apr 11, 2024

I'm sorry for your loss he was a great neighbor I will miss seeing him on the porch read his book and caring for his plants

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Randy Blankenship

Apr 11, 2024

He was the best neighbor that I ever had my little daughter liberty would look for him everyday an they would wave at each other I thought of him as a good friend just wish we could have spent more time with him we'll all miss you your presence will be missed greatly rest easy my friend

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Tiffany Kincaid Mcdaniel

Apr 10, 2024

My thoughts and prayers are with you guys.

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Donna Lesher

Apr 10, 2024

My deepest condolences to Brian, Vicki and extended family. Jerry reached out to me when Mom passed (I was going through hell with my current stepdad at that time) He was a beacon of light when I needed it most and we always got along great. Jerry is definitely missed but I’m so glad he was baptized and saved. Love Donna

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Apr 10, 2024

So sorry for your loss, Bobby was a great person always kind to everyone,you are in our prayers

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Sam Worley

Apr 9, 2024

I grew up with the Bobby, Stuart, and Roy years ago in Iron Gate. They were all good guys. My condolences to all of you who grieve Bobby’s passing. God bless and comfort you all.

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