James Rayford Gilbert, age 83 of Calhoun passed away on Sunday, March 14, 2021 at Gordon Health Care.
Rayford was born in Gordon County on July 7, 1937, a son of the late James Robert Gilbert and Odell Dodd Gilbert. In addition to his parents, Rayford was also preceded in death by a son, Bobby Ray Gilbert. He was employed with Gene Bowen of Calhoun Millworks, and later was a self-employed carpenter and home builder with his brother Dan for many years in Calhoun and Gordon County.
He was a member of the New Town Baptist Church and was formerly a member of Mount Zion Baptist Church near Resaca.
Rayford is survived by: one son, Randy Gilbert and his wife Kim; two daughters, Renee Fay Burns and Tina Martz; one daughter-in-law, Regina Gilbert; four brothers, Danny Gilbert and his wife Lynne, Michael Gilbert and his wife, Wanda, Phil Gilbert, and Ted Gilbert and his wife Kara; one sister, Judy Smith and her husband Ted, his best Grand Ole Opry buddy; eight grandchildren, Joshua Tedder, Travis Martz, Ashley Martz, Ariel Martz, Johnathan Harbour, Chass Gilbert, Eric Burns, Heather Medders, and Brittany and her husband Stephen; four great grandchildren, Haylen Tedder, Braxton Medders, Zayden Medders, and Acedon Medders.
Funeral services will be conducted on Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 3 PM from the Chapel of Thomas Funeral Home with the Reverend Walter Hare officiating. April Price will have charge of music. Burial will follow in Chandler Cemetery.
Pallbearers are: Sheldon Medders, Josh Tedder, Brad Price, Ricky Smith, Braxton Medders, and Eric Burns. They are asked to meet at the funeral home at 2:45 PM Wednesday.
The Gilbert family will receive friends on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM at Thomas Funeral Home. In addition to flowers, memorial contributions may be given to New Town Baptist Church.
Covid-19 precautions are respectfully requested for the family and friends.
Thomas Funeral Home has charge of arrangements for the services of Rayford Gilbert