The memorial service will be conducted at 1:00 P.M. Monday, December 30, 2013 at the Oglethorpe Funeral Chapel, Inc., 607 Kaigler Street, Oglethorpe, Georgia. Elder Laquanda Grady will officiate.
William Otis was born June 25, 1940 in Oglethorpe, Macon County, Georgia to the late Willie Oscar Foster and Essie Ford Gilbert Leggett. He is the widow of the late Emma Jones Gilbert. For many years he was the owner of Gilbert Plastering Service of West Palm Beach, Florida. He retired from the city of Ideal, Georgia as a sanitation worker. He was a member of West Side Missionary Baptist Church of Butler, Georgia, where Rev. Franklin is pastor.
Survivors are his eight children, Wilma Hadley, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Teresa Sneed, William Irvin Gilbert, both of Montezuma, Georgia, Sharon Thomas, Andersonville, Georgia, June Gilbert, Palm Beach, Florida, Billy William Gilbert, Delray Beach, Florida, and Tracy White, Palm Beach, Florida; stepdaughter, Karem Sumter, Ideal, Georgia; two nieces and nephew, Elaine Collier Moore, Mary Helen Clark and Arthur Collier, Jr.; his former wife, Betty Gilbert, Perry, Georgia; and a host of beloved cousins including several devoted cousins, Beatrice Gaines, Marie Spikes, Agnes and Laura Ann Harris; and a host of friends.