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John Thomas Gilbert Jr., D.D.S.
Greenville, SC

Dr. John Thomas Gilbert Jr., 94, of 301 Glenwood Rd, Greenville, passed away on July 15 after an extended illness.

He was the son of Pansy Jones Gilbert and John Thomas Gilbert Sr., born on Sept. 1, 1917, in Greenville County. The last surviving member of his immediate family, he was predeceased by five sisters and three brothers. He is survived by his wife of 73 years, Margaret Donovan Gilbert, and their children, Sandra Gilbert Vollmer (Dr. James Vollmer), Dr. Paul Donovan Gilbert (Hallie Salisbury), John Thomas Gilbert III (Diana Warren) and Mary Jane Gilbert Jacques (Dr. Richard Jacques), eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Surviving grandchildren include: Matthew Vollmer (Dr. Kelly Pender), Carrie Vollmer Brass (Jesse), Dr. Brandt Gilbert (Clay Heatly), Ashley Gilbert Wireman (Matt), Jeffrey Gilbert, Dr. Lauren Jacques Cox (Richard), Amy Jacques and Buckley Jacques. Great Grandchildren include: Elijah Vollmer, Lily Brass, Isaiah Brass, John "Jack" Gilbert, Margaret "Molly" Gilbert, Eliza Wireman, Addison "Addie" Wireman and Henley Wireman.

A lifelong resident of Greenville, Dr. Gilbert attended White Oak School, New John Street School, Greenville High School, and graduated from Asheville Agricultural School (now Fletcher Academy) in 1937. He graduated from Columbia Union College in Takoma Park, Md., in 1942. He received his dental degree from Atlanta Southern Dental College, later known as Emory University Dental School, in 1945, and he practiced dentistry in Greenville for more than 50 years. He was a member of the United States Army, stationed at Fort McPherson, Ga., from 1943-1944. He was a Captain in the United States Air Force, stationed at Lackland Air Force Base, in San Antonio, Texas, as part of the 3700th Medical Group from 1951-1952.

Dr. Gilbert was a lifetime member of the American Dental Association, Greenville County Dental Society, South Carolina Dental Association, Southeastern Academy of Prosthodontics and the Chicago Dental Society, and was an emeritus member of Greenville Memorial Hospital. He was a State Constable and member of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.

He was also a charter member of the Greenville Sertoma Club and was instrumental in establishing the first indigent dental clinic in the city at Greenville General Hospital. Dr. Gilbert was a true dental patriarch—with one son, two sons-in-law and two grandchildren who are all currently practicing dentistry.

He was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, where he was a steadfast supporter, serving as School Board Chairman and in many other capacities throughout the past eighty years.

Dr. Gilbert was a loving husband and father, and a loyal and faithful friend. He was a cowboy at heart—from his childhood days of racing his beloved horse "Charlie" down a dirt road (now East North Street) to many trail rides in the American West.

He was also member of the Zane Grey West Society. As a dedicated fan of the writings of author and dentist Zane Grey, one of his most cherished honors was the Purple Sage Award, which he received for his dedication and service to the Zane Grey West Society. His love of fast horses gave way to fast cars, and an extensive collection of Chryslers.

There will be private graveside service on Tuesday, July 17.

Following this, friends are invited to visit the family at the residence from 1 to 3 p.m.

The family would like to thank Dr. Gilbert's caregivers and Open Arms Hospice. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Fletcher Academy (Fletcher, N.C.) and the Greenville Seventh-day Adventist Church.

The Mackey Mortuary