Richard C. "R.C." Gilbert, age 79, of Mena passed away Friday, October 19, 2018 at his home.

R.C. was born on September 15, 1939 in Middletown, Ohio to the late Jay P. Gilbert and the late Mildred Francis Holland Gilbert. He proudly served his country in the United States Air Force. R.C. was married to Julia Wood Gilbert and was retired from the Railroad as an engineer. After retiring he continued working for an expediting company to stay involved with the railroad. R.C. was very creative with landscaping and yard work. He also enjoyed fishing, going to auctions and traveling. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, step-father, step-grandfather, brother and friend to all who knew him. 

He is survived by wife: Julia Wood Gilbert of Mena, Arkansas

Children: Johnathan C. Gilbert and wife Marizel, Jackie S. Heath and husband Steve of Mena, Arkansas, Jeff S. Gilbert of Pickerington, Ohio, and Angel June Gilbert Fagan of Mena, Arkansas

Step Daughter: Danielle Jones and husband Nick of Centerton, Arkansas

Brother: David Gilbert and wife Aloma of Hatfield, Arkansas

Sister-in-law: Margaret Gilbert of Mena, Arkansas

Special cousin: Allyson Dalley and husband Bob of Gainesville, Texas

Grandchildren: Deseriee’ Bell, Jeremiah and Hannah Gilbert, Johnny Gilbert, Dalton and Victoria Heath, Sarah Heath, Ethan and Veronica Heath, Amber Hayes, Kasey and Brad Frachiseur, Madison Gilbert, Macy Brooke Gilbert, John J. Fagan,III, Gianna Fagan and Sammy Fagan

Eight  great-grandchildren

Step great—grandchildren: Riczel Venegas, Zeldrick Venegas, Erika Venegas, Rosie Kuszak, and Elliott Kuszak

Numerous nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents Jay P. and Millie Gilbert, first wife of 45 years Carol Sue Gilbert, son Jerry Gilbert, grandsons, Jerod Gilbert and Liam Fagan and a brother Larry Gilbert. 

Funeral service will be Thursday, October 25, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at Beasley Wood Chapel with Brother Lance Sawyer officiating. Interment will follow in the Pinecrest Memorial Park under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

Family and friends visitation will be Wednesday, October 24, 2018 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Beasley Wood.

Pallbearers will be Dalton Heath, Ethan Heath, Steve Heath, Jason Gilbert and Jerry D. Holiday.


10-22-18 8:09 a.m. 

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