|Rev. Walter Gilbert was born in Vivian, La., September 21, 1918; he was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Marcus Gilbert. He attended school in Vivian, La., and graduated from the Lighthouse Christian College at Rockford, Illinois; he also attended the Perkins School of Theology at Dallas, Texas. Rev. Gilbert left the Southern Baptist Convention to enter the Louisiana Conference in September 1966. He served as pastor of churches at Fisher, Mt. Hermon, Bethel, Shongaloo, and was serving the Chatham-Clay-Zoar charge in the Ruston District at the time of his death on June 22, 1974. He was survived by his widow, two sons and two daughters.
Rev. Gilbert was a man who put God first in every aspect of his life, and never compromised his convictions. He believed the Word of God to be infallible, and he preached his sermons by divine inspiration; he did not use notes.
Rev. Gilbert left a priceless legacy to his family and friends by inoculating within them a love for the scriptures, a desire for greater spiritual understanding and an abiding faith in the goodness of God.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1975; p. 181|