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WILSON -- Raymond B. Gilbert, 79, died today.

He was a World War II veteran and a retired educator.

The funeral will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Forest Hills Baptist Church, 1407 Forest Hills Road.

Mr. Gilbert is survived by his wife, Marie Holland Gilbert; sons, Neal Gilbert of Farmville, Michael Gilbert of Maryland, Craig Gilbert of Durham; daughter, Melissa Gilbert of Wilson; brother, James Gilbert of California; sisters, Ann Smith of Bolivia, Rosa Thornton of New Mexico and Mildred Thompson of Youngsville; and nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Memorial donations may be made to Forest Hills Baptist Church, 1407 Forest Hills Road, Wilson, N.C., 27896; or the Alzheimer's Association, 400 Oberlin Road, Suite 208, Raleigh, N.C., 27605.

The family will receive friends at the church immediately following the service on Sunday.

Arrangements by Wilson Memorial Service.

Published in Obituaries on January 30, 2004 2:20 PM