Sept. 3, 2017, was a peaceful, sunny, Sunday afternoon when the family of Sammie Lee Gilbert, 86, of Lewis, gathered around for the comfort of the man. Shortly after the clock struck 12:30 p.m., his children, daughter, Penny and Rob Baker, sons, Jeff Gilbert, Pat and Jan Gilbert, Jed and Terri Gilbert, along with wife, Cheri Gilbert and several of the grandchildren, stood by Sam's bedside as he drew his last breath in the comfort of his own home.
Sam was born on Feb. 3, 1931, to Edward Gilbert Sr. and May Swalls Gilbert of Terre Haute. He attended East Glen School. Sammie served in the US Army during the Korean War. After the war, he came home to take a job in the mining field where he would later retire from Hawthorn Mine.
Sam married Nancy Robertson in 1958, and would raise their four children at the homestead in Lewis. Sam was also a farmer who enjoyed raising and trading livestock, but was mostly known for his team of horses. Sadly, Sam and the kids lost Nancy to cancer in 1993. He remarried Cheri Brown in 2015, after being together nearly a decade, adding not only her to the family, but now Sam's stepson, Jacob Brown.
Sam was a family man. He was a great father but was an even greater grandfather to Nichole Gilbert-Langford and Josh Langford, Derek Gilbert, Chelsea and Seth Kinnett, Dustin Gilbert, Heather and Daniel LaFave, Jessica Gilbert and Rick May, Amanda and Caleb Gilman, Lacey and Erica Gilbert, Hunter Baker, Bailee Baker and Donald Pierce, great-grandchildren - Cole Gilbert, Case Langford, Connor May, Kinsley and Lucas LaFave, Colton Kinnett and baby Elle on the way.
Survivors include the five children, 11 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and his youngest brother, Jack and Linda Gilbert of Lewis. Sam was preceded in death by his parents, Edward Sr. and May Gilbert; wife, Nancy Gilbert; his four brothers, Stanley "Tuff", Bill Earl, Ed Jr., Leslie "Pete" Gilbert; brother-in-law, Roy Robertson; and granddaughter, Emmalee Gilbert.
Services will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, at Holmes Memorial Chapel, in Sullivan, with the Rev. Kevin Gilbert officiating. Visitation will be on Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017, from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be at Center Ridge Cemetery.Contact online at:
Published on September 4, 2017