GILBERT, William Lawrence, 84, of Hopewell, passed away on Thursday, January 15, 2015 at the Hopewell Healthcare Center. He was born September 16, 1930 to the late Robert Alexander Gilbert and Esther May Strange. He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Barbara Thacker Gilbert; a brother, Arthur James Gilbert; and a sister, Phyllis Mae Thomas. He retired from the U.S. Army as a Sergeant Major and also retired as the Chief Magistrate of the Eleventh Judicial District for the Commonwealth of Virginia.  He was a member of the Carson Ruritan Club.

Mr. Gilbert is survived by a son, Larry Keith Gilbert and wife, Jacqueline; a daughter, Brenda Faye Moser and husband, John; a grandson, Michael Moser and wife, Jessica; two granddaughters, Lisa Greeson and husband, Richard and Laura Gilbert; a great-grandson, Ryker Moser; and great-granddaughter, Katelyn Greeson. A graveside service will be held 10 a.m. on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at Southlawn Memorial Park, 1911 Birdsong Rd., Petersburg, Va. 23805, with Pastor Scott Tischler officiating. The family will receive friends from Tuesday evening, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Colonial Heights Chapel of the E. Alvin Small Funeral Homes & Crematory, 2033 Boulevard. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Carson United Methodist Church, Endowment Fund. Condolences may be registered at

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