Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, December 30, 2022 in the Sunrise Chapel at Walters Funeral Home for Hilliard Gilbert, 94, who passed away on Tuesday, December 27, 2022. Father Bill Melancon, Pastor of St. Rita Catholic Church in Catahoula, will conduct the services. A private family graveside service will take place at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens.
Visitation hours will be observed on Friday, December 30, 2022 from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. time of service. A rosary will be prayed on Friday at 10:00 a.m by Deacon Dennis Landry.
Hilliard is survived by his wife of 74 years, Dorothy Landry Gilbert; one daughter, Gayle Gilbert (Renetta Judice); four sons, Wayne Gilbert (Frank Flato), Ricky Gilbert (Marion), Randy Gilbert (Cheryl), and Jamie Gilbert (Denise); one brother, John Gilbert; four grandchildren, Ryan Gilbert (Erienne), Chad Gilbert (Allison), Caleb Gilbert, and Kristen LeBlanc (Brody); and five great-grandchildren, Paige Gilbert, Neely Gilbert, Landon Gilbert, Amelie LeBlanc, and Owen LeBlanc.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Marcel and Orelia Gilbert; one son, Darrel Gilbert; one granddaughter, Rachel Gilbert; four brothers; and one sister.
Hilliard was an avid fisherman who also enjoyed hunting and shrimping.
Pallbearers will be Wayne Gilbert, Ricky Gilbert, Randy Gilbert, Jamie Gilbert, Chad Gilbert, and Caleb Gilbert. Honorary pallbearers are Ryan Gilbert and Brody LeBlanc.
The family would like to extend special thanks to the Doctors, Nurses, and Staff at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center (especially Tiffany and Megan), and everyone at St. Joseph Hospice Carpenter House.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to St. Joseph Hospice Carpenter House in Lafayette.
Walters Funeral Home, (337) 706-8941, 2424 North University Avenue in Lafayette, is in charge of funeral arrangements.