Weatherford Democrat


August 23, 2012

Joe Bill Gilbert

MILLSAP — Joe Bill Gilbert, 77, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012, surrounded by family at his home in Millsap.

Bill graduated from Millsap High School in 1953 and attended and graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1957. He married Norma Beth Carter on Sept. 5, 1956. He taught high school in Santo for 19 years. He lived for his family and his music and played the fiddle for 71 years. He also played a number of other instruments but was quoted as saying, “I am a fiddler,” despite other accomplishments and capabilities. It was a fundamental part of his life but he said he played for the fun and enjoyment of it. In 1973, he co-founded the Texas Old Time Fiddlers Association, served as their first president, and helped pass down old time fiddle breakdown music to the next generation. In 1998, he co-founded the Western Swing Society of the Southwest along with being inducted into a number of music halls of fame and accomplishing and winning numerous awards.

Survivors include his beautiful wife of 56 years, Norma Gilbert of Millsap; sons, Bart Gilbert and wife, Melia, of Millsap, and Chris Gilbert and wife, Penny, of Millsap; 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

He will be loved and missed forever.

The funeral is at 10 a.m. Friday at Grace Community Fellowship, 111 West Ranch Lane, Weatherford. Interment will be in Hill Cemetery, Millsap.

Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at White’s Funeral Home, 130 Houston Ave., Weatherford.

White’s Funeral Home

130 Houston Ave., Weatherford, TX 76086


Text Only
  • Jean Lundgren

    Jean Lundgren, 71, died Friday, April 11, 2014. 

    April 15, 2014

  • Beverly Joann Ramey

    Beverly Joann Ramey, 45, passed away April 9, 2014, in a Mineral Wells hospital. 

    April 15, 2014

  • Juanita Darlene Leaf Juanita Darlene Leaf

    WEATHERFORD — Juanita Darlene Leaf, 76, died Thursday, April 10, 2014.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • V.C. "Charlie" Edgmon V.C. “Charlie” Edgmon

    WEATHERFORD — V.C. “Charlie” Edgmon, 74, a loving husband, father, PawPaw and brother, passed away Saturday, April 12, 2014.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Paul Everroad Paul Everroad

    WEATHERFORD — Paul Everroad, 92, loving husband, father, Papa, brother and uncle, passed away Friday, April 11, 2014.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • Elizabeth Mixson

    WILLOW PARK — Elizabeth Mixson, 89, passed away Monday, April 14, 2014, in Fort Worth.

    April 14, 2014

  • 0413 obit cole ruby grace.jpg Ruby Grace Cole

    Ruby Grace Cole, 80, died Saturday, April 12, 2014, in Fort Worth.

    April 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0413 obit Wester, Yolanda.jpg Yolanda Wester

    Yolanda Wester, age 69, passed away Wednesday, April 9, 2014 in Weatherford, Texas.

    April 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0413 obit Robert Groom photo.jpg Robert Groom

    FORT WORTH – Robert Groom, 76, died Tuesday, April 8, 2014, while enjoying one of his favorite pastimes – playing golf with friends.

    April 13, 2014 2 Photos

  • Lois LeGrand

    Lois LeGrand, 84, died Wednesday, April 9, 2014.


    April 13, 2014

Must Read
Top News
House Ads
AP Video
Tributes Mark Boston Bombing Anniversary Raw: Kan. Shooting Suspect Faces Judge US Supports Ukraine's Efforts to Calm Tensions Suspect in Kansas Shootings Faces Murder Charges Ukraine: Military Recaptures Eastern Airport Raw: Storm Topples RVs Near Miss. Gulf Coast NASA Showcases Lunar Eclipse Pistorius Cries During Final Cross-Examination The Boston Marathon Bombing: One Year Later Michael Phelps Set to Come Out of Retirement First Women Move to Army Platoon Artillery Jobs Sex Offenders Charged in Serial Killings Police: Woman Stored Dead Babies in Garage OC Serial Murder Suspects May Have More Victims Family: 2 Shot in Head at Kan. Jewish Center Raw: Horse Jumping Inspires 'Bunny Hop' After Attack, Officials Kill 5 Bears in Florida Popular Science Honors Year's Top Inventions ND Oil Boom Attracting Drug Traffickers