Brother Benny Jerome Gilbert
Like His Love for Coca-Cola, Brother Benny Jerome Gilbert was "THE REAL THING"
Our lives and this world are better because of the production of Brother Benny Jerome Gilbert. To Jerome, as he was fondly called, all things should be peaceful, decent, and orderly. He believed in relationships and communication with contentment and compromise. An expressive, optimistic, and uninhibited gentleman, Benny loved life. To everyone around him, he was undeniably cheerful, and he willingly shared that joy with anyone whose life he touched. For Jerome, bringing out the best in those he loved and any situation was as easy as offering a point of his personal wisdom or humbly sharing a simple story. His laughter was contagious, smile sensational, wit memorable, and love undeniable. As well, because of his culinary skills and his passion for cooking, he was deemed the "Master Chef" and "Grill Master". To those who knew him, the understanding was certain that he would give his last to ensure others were happy and taken care of. With those simple gestures, he could evoke the sincerest arrays of emotion. Throughout his life, Benny Jerome mastered the art of God's will to serve and support people and found pleasure in so doing. He was as sincere and genuine as they come, yes, he was THE REAL THING!
"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." Matthew 11: 28-30
Brother Benny Jerome Gilbert's Production
The Process -- (the preparatory production of the product, Benny Jerome)
Benny started life's production process one beautiful summer afternoon under the reflected light of the iridescent sun shining and expanding, producing the most radiant gentleman of authenticity and sincerity. God introduced him to the world and spoke to him, saying, "You Are the Real Thing".
Benny Jerome Gilbert was born June 17, 1962, to the late Charles Lionel Gilbert of Ferriday, Louisiana, and Betty Jean Kennedy of Oakdale, Louisiana.
Preceding him in death was one brother, Michael Proctor.
Benny Jerome leaves to celebrate his earthly pilgrimage and now his retirement from earthly duties and responsibilities
His Loving Mother, Clara Smith Gilbert;
Three Aunts Margaret Thomas of Oakdale, LA; Julia Osborne of Monroe, LA; and Mary Abram of Columbia, MS.
Four Uncles Louis Otis and George Otis both of Baytown, TX; Cordell Otis of Oakdale, LA; and Jerry Otis of Killeen, TX;
Eight Sisters, Sandra Webster (Louis) of Jena, LA; Maxine Kennedy (Randy) of Groves, TX; Mary Spillers, Sacramento, CA; Joyce Carter (Robert) of Ferriday, LA; Mary E. Brock (Hubert) of Hinesville, GA; Rochelle Gilbert-Abram (Sean) of Brandon, MS; Monique Robinson of Nederland, TX; and Elisha Renee Bethley of Ferriday, LA;
Six Brothers, Hubert Shavers (Martha) of Vidalia, LA; Larry Spillers (Telena) of Houston, TX; Terry Atkins of Sicily Island, LA; Talmadge Gilbert of Detroit, MI, Dexter Bethley (Deborah) of Jonesville, LA; and Anthony Robinson of San Antonio, TX.
He also leaves to treasure his memories, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, special siblings, and friends.
The Water Treatment -- (the special treatment and concentration)
The preparation for producing the real thing began in a religiously splendid way as this Christian man, with an undying faith in the teachings of the Bible and a belief in the highest good that could be achieved by prayer as taught by his parents, in the spiritual flow of God's church.
Benny Jerome learned at an early age that everything else would fall into place if you put God first. He united with a band of Christian believers at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Oakdale, LA and was baptized by Rev. Joshua Thomas. He later joined Macedonia Baptist Church, retaining membership until his time of transition.
The Syrup -- (the filtering and mixing)
Benny Jerome filtered through life's journey by attending his elementary, middle, and high school years in Allen Parish. His work began as a surgery supply technician at the University of Texas Medical Center and later served as Journeyman. His affection for the betterment of others kept his flow steadfast throughout the years.
Benny Jerome loved sports, especially baseball. He also enjoyed boxing and won several awards. His comfort zone, however, was cooking. Family and friends named him the executive expert chef as he prepared meals ensuring the delicacy of spirit in each dish.
Benny Jerome was a diversified individual with unique talents in igniting joy in the lives of those he touched. He was an illustrious gentleman, a gallant and courageous man of honor, and a friend. His lifestyle portrayed that of a drum major for kindness and an ambassador for love. He illuminated the lives of all whom encountered His kind and loving personality. His life portrayed the galaxy of men who know who they are without trying to be who they were not. Though often soft-spoken and quiet, he was a role model and beacon of light for others to follow.
The Filling and Packaging -- (the treatment, cooling, and bottling)
Benny Jerome's life container was Filled with God's empowering presence (Ephesians 5:18).
Benny Jerome's soul was Sealed with the promise of the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13).
Benny Jerome's body was Labeled by his love for others and theirs for Him (John 15:12).
On December 22, 2021, Brother Benny Jerome Gilbert was Tested and found to be Ready for Heavenly Distribution; thus, he transcended the production lines of earthly life and ascended into the Celestial Kingdom.
His life will be an indelible imprint as a legacy for years to come - vividly, vibrantly, and invigoratingly as a man who stood tall in the annuals of his time, a gentle giant.
BROTHER BENNY JEROME GILBERT Was IT! He was The Real Thing!!!
He was Bottled and Purchased, bought with a Price!!!
1 Corinthians 6:20
QUALITY CHECK . . .
"... For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight. I have finished my course, I have kept the faith; Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge. shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. "II Timothy 4:5-9
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