Rev. Dr. James Cayce Gilbert, 87, of Fort Worth passed away on November 19, 2012, after a brief illness. The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Trinity Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 7120 W. Cleburne Road, Fort Worth. Interment: Greenwood Memorial Park. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Greenwood Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to endowments in Rev. Gilbert’s name as follows: Cumberland Presbyterian Children’s Home, P. O. Drawer G, Denton, TX 76202; Cumberland Presbyterian Historical Foundation, 8207 Traditional Place, Cordova, TN 38016; Memphis Theological Seminary, 168 East Parkway South, Memphis, TN 38104; or Bethel University (formerly Bethel College), 325 Cherry Avenue, McKenzie, TN 38201; or to the Freda Mitchell Gilbert Endowment, Missions Ministry Team, 8207 Traditional Place, Cordova, TN 38016.
James was born Feb. 26, 1925 in Nashville, Tenn., to Delia and Gettis Gilbert. Rev. Gilbert graduated from Cohen High School (Nashville, TN), Bethel College, the Cumberland Presbyterian Seminary (both in McKenzie, TN) and Scaritt College (Nashville, TN). He received an honorary Doctorate from Bethel College. He was an ordained Cumberland Presbyterian minister and served churches in Tennessee and Texas during his career. Moving to Houston for his first full time pastorate in 1948, Rev. Gilbert fell in love with Texas, became a “Texan by choice” and never lived anywhere else. He served the Houston Cumberland Presbyterian Church and the Trinity Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Fort Worth before moving to Denton, where he served as the Executive Director of the Cumberland Presbyterian Children’s Home from 1964 until his retirement in 1990. He will be remembered most for his service to hundreds of children at the Children’s Home. Rev. Gilbert served his church at every level and was elected Moderator of its General Assembly in 1979. He was a long time Mason, an active member of the Denton Hi-Noon lions Club until retirement, and a member of Southwest Association of Executives of Homes for Children.
He is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Mamie Gilbert; brother, Charles Gilbert, and a granddaughter Shelby Lyn Nelson.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Freda Mitchell Gilbert of Fort Worth; daughters, Elizabeth Gilbert Horsley (Wayne) of Denton, TX, Suzanne Gilbert Dougherty (Duane), of Troup, TX, Kathryn Gilbert Craig (Tommy) of Arlington, TN, and Rosalie Gilbert Nelson of Newnan, GA.; 10 grandchildren and one great granddaughter.