Gilbert Mack Pride entered this world on October 26, 1942 in Stonega, Virginia. On May 20, 2021 Gilbert fell asleep at the age of 78, with Mary Cathy by his side who is awaiting the return of Jesus Christ. I Thessalonians 4:13-18Predecessors in death include his father, Coffee Pride; mother, Damaruis Paraseta Walker, and siblings; Benjamin Hardin, Nannie Clark, Bathis Billingsley, Wilhelmina Jackson Saffell, and Paul Walker.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Cathy; sister, Wanda Lynn Jackson, and niece; Marissa(Stephen).
He lives through his bloodline: Son, Matthew Paul Pride and stepdaughter, Toya La’Tece Ruffin. And his Grandchildren: Malachi, Zachariah, Milton Cloud, Kasia Kai, Idriis Osaze Muata,and Gabrielle Michaela.
A man after God’s own heart and a steadfast devotion to faith and family, he was blessed with a smile and laugh so infectious and genuine that those around would be touched by the joy of his soul. Gilbert was kind and calm. He walked, loved, and acted in the likeness of Jesus Christ. He literally shook with the power of the Lord.
In and through, he was an advocate, warrior, and provider. One whose door was always open, and whose hospitality, humility, and compassion was reflected through his culinary hobby of making cakes. A healer that provided love and household support to a multitude of people and families around the world.
Gilbert was a man of consistency and faith with the ethos, ethics, and morals that compelled him to share his faith across the world through many mission trips from India to Africa. His faith journey was shared through his routine of beginning each and every day with prayer and journaling. The family still has and will cherish his collection of daily writings and poems. Every evening, Gilbert blew his shofar as a token of love and protection.
He graduated in 1964 from Xavier University in Louisiana, served in the US army as a medic, and ended his journey serving as the person who brought all of us here together today.
Mary Cathy’s buddy, Daddy to his son, Grandaddy Gilbert- we’re so happy and grateful for you bringing us all closer together. To celebrate your love and life.1 Corinthians 15:50-55.
The family will receive friends on Monday, May 31, from 1:00 until 1:50 pm at Morris Funeral Home, 304 Merrimon Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801. Mr. Pride’s Celebration of Life Service will follow at 2:00 pm in the Chapel. Burial will be private family only at a later date.
Morris Funeral and Cremation Care of Asheville, North Carolina, is serving the family.