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Longtime horseman Mel Gilbert dies at 77

December 04, 2017

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Melvin "Mel" Francis Gilbert died Tuesday, Nov. 28, at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta as a result of heart failure. He was 77.

Mr. Gilbert lived his own way, on his own terms. He loved racing harness horses and golf was his favorite pastime. He was a graduate of Bowling Green University where he played basketball and golf. Mr. Gilbert received his degree and taught school for eight years in Michigan before turning to horse racing full-time. Eventually, he moved south to enjoy the great weather training horses in Hawkinsville, Geo., and later in Cochran. He enjoyed many years of success racing horses.

He is survived by his wife Sally Gilbert of Cochran; his sons, Craig (Karen) Gilbert and Brian (Maria) Gilbert; sister-in-law Alice Walworth; as well as nieces and nephew, Susie (Terry) St. Charles, Debbie (Bill) Anderson and Tim (Karen) Walworth. He was preceded in death by his parents Melvin Sr. and Wilma Gilbert and a brother, Jim Walworth.

A celebration of life will be set at a later date.

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