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Ruth Gilbert

Ruth Gilbert, age 86, Erwin, passed away on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 in the Center On Aging. She was a lifelong resident of Erwin and a daughter of the late James and Carrie Harris Riddle. Mrs. Gilbert graduated from Unicoi County High School class of 1950. She worked as a LPN at Unicoi County Memorial Hospital for a few years, after raising her two children. Ruth was a member of Lily Dale Church of Christ where she taught a Sunday School Class.
Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert D. Gilbert on May 19, 2016; two brothers: Lawrence and Mack Riddle; three sisters: Ethel Price, Birdie Harris and Inise Bennett.

She leaves behind to cherish her memories, one son, Herbert Michael Gilbert, Scottsdale, AZ; one daughter, Teresa Droke and husband, Rik, Johnson City; one sister, Bessie Watson, Johnson City; two granddaughters: Kimberly Gilbert and Natalie Gilbert; several nieces and nephews also survive.

A graveside service will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Thursday, June 1, 2017 in the Evergreen Cemetery. Reverend Kevin Laws will officiate. Those wishing to attend are asked to meet at the cemetery by 1:50 P.M. on Thursday.

Online condolences, photos and memories may be shared with the Gilbert family through our complimentary, interactive Book of Memories at

Robert Ledford Funeral Home, 720 Ohio Avenue, Erwin, is privileged to serve the Gilbert family. (423) 743-1380.