AMARILLO, Texas – Carl L. Gilbert, 81, died Sept. 2, 2010, at Baptist St. Anthony Hospital in Amarillo, Texas.
He was born August 12, 1929, to George and Emma Neeal Gilbert in Liberal.
He married Betty Ann Hanson June 24, 1965, in Hooker, Okla. She died in 2000.
He attended Adams schools graduating from Adams High School with the Class of 1949.
He was a professional roper on the RCA circuit. He also clowned and entertained with the bullwhip until 1963. In 1977, he began roping again and training race horses which he raced until 1985. He worked oil rigs welding pipelines also custom cut and hauled hay. He ran a branding crew for Pride Feeders and he welded most of the pens at Pride. He then worked for Texas County for 19 years retiring in 2004. He and Ellen Munro ran the Mid Continent Restaurant in Liberal for two years.
He enjoyed senior dances in the area.
Survivors include two sons, James Gilbert, Des Plaines, Ill., and Mike Wiley and wife, Ann, Norman, Okla.; one brother, Lewis Gilbert, Hardesty, Okla.; five grandchildren Kevin, Erin, Thomas, Felicia and Ryan; and his soul mate, Ellen Munro, Hooker.
He was also preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Frank.
o Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Gospel of Grace Church in Hooker with the Rev. Odie Nunley presiding.
Burial will be at the Hooker Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association and may be left at Roberts Brothers Funeral Home, Box 745, Hooker, OK 73945.