Gilbert, Billy M.

Billy Maxwell Gilbert 

(August 6, 1940 - January 24, 2009)

Billy Maxwell Gilbert, 68 of Fordyce died Saturday January 24, 2009 at Arkansas Hospice in Little Rock. Born August 6, 1940 at Harrell. He was a son of the late Jefferson Davis and Mabel Constanza Haynes Gilbert. He graduated Arkansas A and M College, now UAM, in 1964 and was a United States Department of Agriculture inspector. Billy was a member of the First United Methodist Church, the Fordyce Jaycees, Fordyce Country Club, Sigma Tau Gamma and Jacks Creek Hunting Club. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Jantice Gilbert. He is survived by his wife, Linda R. Gilbert of Fordyce; one son Shade Gilbert and his wife Carla of Conway; three step-sons, Casey Barnes of Little Rock, Cory Barnes and his wife Julia of Oceanside, CA, Chris Barnes and his wife, Danyale of Fordyce; one brother, James Henry Gilbert and his wife Nina of Crossett; one grandson, William Maxwell Gilbert; two step-grandchildren, Conner and Emma Clare Barnes; and three nephews. The family will receive friends Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Benton Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Benton Funeral Home Chapel with Revs. B.L. Blann and Hammett Evans officiating. Burial will follow at Stoney Point Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Fordyce First United Methodist Church or Arkansas Hospice Center, 6101 St. Vincent Circle, Little Rock, AR 72205. Arrangements by Benton Funeral Home of Fordyce. To sign the online register visit

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