Ricky Dean Gilbert, age 66, passed away on August 24, 2022, at his home surrounded by his loving family. Rick was born in Benham, KY on November 28, 1955. He was a graduate of Jenkins High School and attended Clinch Valley Community College.
Rick worked for Jewell Ridge #12 mine from 1973 until 1983, and for Jewell Smokeless in Vansant until retirement. During retirement, Rick was a consultant for Sun Coke. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, and outdoors man. Rick was a member of Abingdon Bible Church. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend.
Rick is survived by his loving wife of 48 ½ years, Sharon Lynn Gilbert, one son, Jeremy Eric Gilbert and wife, Joy of Knoxville, TN; one daughter, Mary Elizabeth (Liz) Burson and husband, Jason of Abingdon; four grandchildren, Lary Emma Dollar, Corbin Dean Gilbert, Layton Ella Dollar, and Justin Paul Gilbert.
The family will receive friends on Sunday, August 28, 2022, from noon until 1:00 p.m. at the Forest Hills Chapel of Farris Funeral Service, 19415 Lee Highway, Abingdon VA 24210. The funeral service will begin at 1:00 p.m. with the Rev. Dr. Paul Bufford officiating. Entombment will follow in the Colonial Chapel Mausoleum at Forest Hills Memory Gardens.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions go to American Cancer Society, PO Box 246, Abingdon, VA 24212.
Those wishing to express sympathy online may do so by visiting www.farrisfuneralservice.com and signing the online guest register. The family of Ricky Dean Gilbert is being cared for by Farris Funeral Service and Crematory, 19415 Lee Highway, Abingdon, VA 24210.