Mary Alice Davis Gilbert, 91, of Blackwater died December 12, 2023. She is survived by her daughters, Darlene Shelton and husband C.C. “Bud” Shelton, Connie Elaine Bigelow and husband Montie and son W. H. “Buddy” Gilbert, Jr. and wife Nina. Also, 3 grandchildren, Stacey B. Moyer and husband Paul, Kristy B. Keller and husband Richie and Lance Gilbert, his fiancé, Lindsay Freeman, and 4 great grandchildren, Kailynn and Christian Ries and Reid and Ryan Moyer. She had 5 step great-grandchildren, also, She was predeceased by her husband of 45 years, Harvey Gilbert, Sr. She is survived by several nieces and nephews.
She was the daughter of Vernon and Ruth Stewart Davis. She was predeceased by her brothers, Rev. Willie E. Davis, Vernon Davis, Jr. Reuben P. Davis, her sister Dixie L. Bullock and her stepfather, Callis B. Silvester. Mary Alice was born in the St. Brides section of Chesapeake and graduated from Great Bridge High School in 1950. She and Harvey were married in December 1951 and soon moved to Blackwater and began farming with his father. They would come to own and operate Gilbert Farms.
Mary Alice was a devoted Christian and was baptized in Blackwater Creek and joined Blackwater Baptist Church in 1951. She most recently enjoyed services at Oak Grove Baptist Church. She was a charter member of the Ruth Walden Circle at Blackwater, member of the Adult Bible Class, and Vacation Bible School Refreshment Chairman for more than 30 years where she will always be remembered for her unique grape Kool-Aid. An avid reader, she served on the board of the Pungo-Blackwater Library for many years. Former Virginia Beach Mayor, Meyera Oberndoerf, declared February 12, 2002 “Mary Alice Gilbert Day” in recognition of her more than 30 years of service as a Virginia Beach election official and a decade of service as Blackwater Precinct Chief. She served on the first Farm Bureau Women’s Committee formed in Virginia Beach. She could often be found in front of the TV watching her beloved Atlanta Braves.
She enjoyed Bluegrass music and could always be found at Hardee’s on Saturday night with her friends listening to it and playing cards. She enjoyed her friendships at the Joy Club of Charity Church and Gibbs Woods Community Center. Active in her community until her health failed, she was always quick to assist others in transportation to doctor’s appointments, hair appointments and church for those that didn’t drive. Through the years, she was the “extra hand” on the farm, often driving the trucks or making the hours long drive to a supplier to pick up a repair part that Harvey needed. She fed the farm workers six days a week and often set the extra plate for the seed corn salesman that Harvey would bring home to lunch.
A visitation will be held on Tuesday, December 19th from 10-11 am at Altmeyer Funeral Home, 929 S. Battlefield Blvd, Chesapeake. A funeral service will be held following the visitation at 11am. She will be laid to rest alongside her husband Harvey Gilbert, Sr. at Blackwater Baptist Church Cemetery on Tuesday, December 19th at 2:30pm. Memorial contributions can be made to the Pungo Blackwater Library Foundation or to the Blackwater Rescue Squad. Online condolences can be offered at www.altmeyer.com