Patricia Bates Gilbert

June 1, 1932 - December 23, 2017
Patricia Bates Gilbert

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Patricia Bates Gilbert, 85, of Hendersonville went home to be with the Lord Saturday, December 23, 2017 at Pardee Hospital after a short illness. A native of Buncombe County, Patricia lived in Henderson County for seventy-five years. She was the daughter of the late Lena H. and James W. Bates, and the wife of the late Robert Alvin Gilbert who died in 2016. Patricia was also preceded in death by her grandson, Neil Gilbert in 2013. She was a lifelong member of Beulah Baptist Church. Patricia loved painting, gardening, camping, crafts, cooking, and especially loved her family and her church.
Survivors include two sons, Ricky Gilbert and his wife Sally, Mike Gilbert and his wife Jill, all of Hendersonville; five grandsons, Chris (Mandy), Patrick (Sabrina), Austin (Keisha) Ryan, and Reilly Gilbert; six great-grandchildren, Hayden, Annalee, Cameron, Cooper, Autumn, and Kodi Gilbert; brothers-in-law, Ray Gilbert, and his wife, Moeina, Alton Gilbert and his wife Linda, Don Gilbert and his wife Janice; sisters-in-law, Merita Blackwell and her husband Bill, Melba Huggins and her husband Bob, Karen Gilbert Bullman; a number of nieces and nephews; and Patricia’s lifelong friend, Jeanne-Belle Revis of Hendersonville.
A funeral will be at 2:00 pm Friday at Beulah Baptist Church. Pastor Dewey Barnwell, Rev. Tony Gallaway, and Rev. Chris Gilbert will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 12:30 to 2:00 pm at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Beulah Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 7088 Willow Road, Hendersonville, NC 28739.


Friday, December 29, 2017
2:00 PM

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Hendersonville, NC 28792

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  • December 26, 2017
    Deborah Lunsford says:
    I have such fond memories of Pat when James and I were first married. Her friend Jeanne Belle was a good friend of ours and the two of them were a force to be reckoned with! Later, her daughter-in-law, Sally, became one of my best friends in the whole world! We send our heartfelt condolences and love to the family.

  • December 28, 2017
    Sharon Gilbert says:
    Prayers and thoughts on Pat's passing. One of the sweetest ladies, I ever known. All the memories from childhood and beyond. Some of the best memories of Alvin and Pat was their Halloween parties for the kids. Heaven gained an angel to watch over us all.

  • December 29, 2017
    Judy Sutton says:
    Mike and family, We sure are sorry to hear of your mother's passing. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.