Minden Press-Herald

Thursday
Oct 02nd

Verdis 'Nuchie' Gilbert

verdis gilbertOcie White and Webb Gilbert were blessed with a son they named Verdis. He was given the nickname "Nuchie" which he was called by all who knew him.

He confessed Christ and was baptized at New Light Baptist Church where he served under the pastorage of Rev. N. S. Coleman. His spiritual life was further nurtured at Greater St. Paul Baptist Church where he was one of the founding members.

After the birth of his first daughter, Ada, Verdis united with St. Rest Baptist Church. It was important to him for the family to worship as one.

Verdis was blessed with a melodic voice and loved to sing praises to God. He sang with the quartet the "Mellowtones." He was also a member of the choir of New Light Baptist Church, Greater St. Paul Baptist Church and sang with St. Rest Five when he was physically able to attend.

After graduating from Webster High School in 1959, Nuchie served in the U.S. Army, the Army Reserve and retired from the National Guard.

His easy banter and quick smile belied a fierce belief in civil rights and a willingness to stand up for those rights. In 1974 he proved that by filing the lawsuit "Blaine Gilbert et al v. the Webster Parish School Board et al" which led to the integration of schools in Webster Parish.

He was employed by the Louisiana Army Ammunitions Plant and was a Union Leader, locally and nationally. He was one of the negotiators instrumental in securing fair treatment for the workers at LAAP and the retirement package and exit contract when the plant closed.

He was one of the founders of the Minority Business Owners Association of Minden and of the Vintage Car Club. Verdis was the owner and proprietor of Nuchie's Steak and Seafood restaurant.

Verdis was employed as a Webster Parish Sheriff's Department deputy and was an integral part of Kennon's Mortuary.

Verdis is survived by his wife, Fayrine Kennon-Gilbert; his sons, Blaine (Barbara), Roderick and Ronnie (Rushundria); his daughters, Ada Faith and Leigha Ocie; brother, Roger Billard; four grandchildren, Katrina, Caress, Nia and Mya; great-grandson, Rickai; aunt, Rosa Lee Bailey; sisters-in-law, Marie Gilbert and Johnnye Kennon; numerous cousins, other relatives and friends.

 

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