Edward Royce Gilbert, Sr.


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Edward Royce Gilbert, Sr., age 73, passed away Monday at his residence. Born in Pitt County, he was the son of the late William Jethro Gilbert and Ethel Lee Mewborn Gilbert. He was a retired Veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

A service to celebrate Royce’s life will be held Sunday at the Generations Church at 3:00 pm with Pastor Josh Clark officiating. Viewing will be held on Sunday at the church from 2:00 until 3:00. Visitation will be held immediately following the service at the church. A committal service with full military honors will be held Monday at 12:00pm noon at the Eastern Carolina Veterans State Cemetery.

Mr. Gilbert is survived by his wife, Bonnie Pearl Gilbert; his children, Edward Royce Gilbert, Jr. and wife, January; Erica Royce Sampson and husband, Antone, Elicia Royce Gilbert; Elana Royce Etten and husband, Joshua; Evonnie Royce Powell and husband, Aaron; a host of grandchildren, including his first born granddaughter, Donna Marie Larkins, and numerous nieces and nephews; two brothers, Woodrow Gilbert and wife, Helen and Bobby Gilbert and wife, Bessie; three sisters, Shirley Chapman, Deloris Mason and husband, Michael and Brenda Meyers.

Shumate-Faulk Funeral Home is serving the Gilbert family and online condolences may be directed to www.shumate-faulk.com