Phil "Chicken" Jimmy Gilbert

December 13, 1932November 25, 2020

Phil "Chicken" Gilbert, 87, passed away on Wednesday evening, November 25, 2020. Graveside services will be held on Saturday, November 28 at 1 o'clock, in Riverside Cemetery, led by Reverends Mark and Fran Magoni. Family will greet friends at the graveside, following the committal service.

Mr. Gilbert, known to many as "Chicken" was born in Dublin, Georgia and lived his early life in Dexter, Georgia. He graduated from Dexter High School and played both basketball and baseball for many years. He furthered his education at Brewton Parker Junior College on a basketball scholarship, where he was later inducted to the Brewton-Parker Athletic Hall of Fame in 1998. Chicken was offered a scholarship with the University of Georgia, which he declined and was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies, major league baseball team. He played in a town outside of Montreal, Canada with the Phillies' farm team for one year but was released before continuing to the Major League.

For over 30 years, Chicken owned and operated Phil's Food Store on Napier Avenue in Macon, retiring in 1990. When he was able, he attended Martha Bowman United Methodist Church with his wife, Betty, who was active in the church choir. Phil was preceded in death by his 8 siblings.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 70 years, Betty T. Gilbert; sons, Phillip Jimmy Gilbert, Jr. (Rhonda), Tommy Gilbert (Kathy); grandchildren, Sydnee Roberts (Steve), Andrew Gilbert (Amanda), Matt Gilbert, Jessica Kosmowski (Bob), Phillip Gilbert (Christina); 9 great grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and extended family.

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Arrangements entrusted to Snow's Memorial Chapel, Cherry Street.


  • Betty Lou Thompson Gilbert, Wife
  • Phillip Jimmy Gilbert, Jr. (Rhonda), Son
  • Tommy Gilbert (Kathy), Son
  • Sydnee Roberts (Steve), Grandchild
  • Andrew Gilbert (Amanda), Grandchild
  • Matt Gilbert, Grandchild
  • Jessica Kosmowski (Bob), Grandc
  • Phillip Gilbert (Christina), Grandc
  • Nine Great Grandchildren
    Several Nieces, Nephews, and extended family
    Phil was preceded in death by his Eight Siblings


  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, November 28, 2020

  • Casual Visitation

    Saturday, November 28, 2020


Phil "Chicken" Jimmy Gilbert

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Ronnie and Gail Granade

December 2, 2020

We can’t remember a baseball game without him. We will keep the family in our thoughts and prayers.

Ricky and Vicky Williams

December 2, 2020

We are so sorry to hear of Mr. Gilbert passing. We have such fond memories of him and Mrs. Gilbert at the ballgames. He was a great friend. Love and prayers for the family.

Connie Carney

November 27, 2020

Tommy, I'm so sorry for the loss of your dad. Prayers for you and your family.