Frankie Len Gilbert


Frankie Len Gilbert, 72, formally of Angier, NC passed away on January 24, 2024, at Fox Hollow Senior Living in Southern Pines, NC.

Frankie was born on November 20, 1951, in Harnett County, NC to the late Tommy and Reecie Gilbert.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his niece, Amy Howard; and nephew, Scott Robinson.

He was a graduate of Angier High School, class of 1970, where he played baseball, basketball, and football.. He also played basketball for Sandhills College. A veteran, trained in the medical field, Frankie worked for over 12 years at McCain Correctional Hospital in Raeford, NC.

He was an avid outdoorsman, spending time fishing with family and friends at beaches and lakes all over the United States. He spent many years living on the lake at Santee, SC, and in South Florida. Frankie was a well-known judge at numerous beagle trials, with quite a reputation for legendary rabbit hunts. Although born in North Carolina, Frankie loved visiting the University of South Carolina where he would frequently take his son to athletic events.   

He became a successful real estate developer in Raeford, NC. His circle of friends were endless. He was the “life of the party”, and loved by all. He was a loving father, grandfather, brother, and    uncle who was adored by his family.

Frankie is survived by his son, Len Gilbert (Kristin); grandson, Noah Gilbert; daughter, April Dawn; sister, Bonnie Howard (Tony); niece, Jana Gregory (Derek); great-nieces, Mia and Jett Gregory; and sister, Donna Smith.

A visitation will be held on Sunday, January 28, 2024, from 1:30-2:30 pm in the Crumpler Funeral Home Chapel.

A service will follow at 2:30 pm with Pastor Roger Burns.