Mary Alice Davis Gilbert

September 22, 1932 - December 12, 2023

09/22/1932 - 12/12/2023

Past Services

Visitation
Tuesday December 19, 2023
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Chesapeake Chapel
929 Battlefield Blvd S
Chesapeake, VA 23322
(757) 482-3311 | Directions
Funeral Service
Tuesday December 19, 2023
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Chesapeake Chapel
929 Battlefield Blvd S
Chesapeake, VA 23322
(757) 482-3311 | Directions
Cemetery
Tuesday December 19, 2023
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Blackwater Baptist Church Cemetery
6000 Blackwater Rd.
Virginia Beach,
Directions

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

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Melissa Teets
2 months ago

My love and prayers to this wonderful family! Mary Alice was a complete joy! She had the best smile! Heaven gained another special one!

Barbara
2 months ago

Aunt Mary (Aunt Mary Alice, as we called her most all of our lives) was a special person. For most of our later adult lives, Aunt Mary would call my sisters and me most regularly on Sundays as she lay across her bed (so she told us) to check on us and let us know how much she cared about us. She loved Daddy, her big brother, more than we could ever imagine. She loved us, and we knew it, but nothing compared to her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. What a wonderful Blessing to not only her family, but so many in her extended family, church and circle of friends. I heard so much about her Saturday night visits to Hardees, I felt like I was there too. What a wonderful legacy she leaves. I know there was a lot of hoopin’, hollerin’ and laughin’ in heaven last Tuesday. When the Saints come marching in!!! Love you forever and ever, Aunt Mary Alice!!!

Cheryl and Curtis Shirley
2 months ago

So sorry for everyone’s loss. I will remember her as a woman who loved the teenage kids and letting us acteens use the butler building for our dances that we had. She always provided us food and refreshments. Some of my best memories were made there.

Sylvia H Cliver
2 months ago

I have known Mary Alice since we were children going to Indian Creek Church. She and the family has always been a part of our Blackwater familly and we will miss her. I know she was proud of her family and the life you all live. I pray Gods comfort to each of you in this time of loss.

Robin Davenport
2 months ago

Mary Alice will truly be missed. Riding by the home now will have an empty heart. I loved all the early years visits and the great conversations. Prayers to all the family.

Debbie & Dick Keller
2 months ago

So sorry for your loss and she will be missed. We have good memories of her serving cookies and kool-aid at bible school every year – those were the good ole days. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.