891 US Hwy 62/207 & FM 193 Crosbyton, TX 79322
A man of the land, Bill Gilbreath was born April 1st, 1931, to C. O. and Jewel Gilbreath. He died peacefully in his home on July 14th, 2021. As a child, he loved to be on the farm, and with his dad. A true passion for caring for the land was planted in him at a very young age. Hard work and calloused hands were a staple from the time he could drive a tractor until he retired from farming in 2020.
In 1950, he enlisted in the Navy. Coming from a farming background, and a father that often said, “If someone is smart enough to invent it, then we are smart enough to fix it”, he fit in perfectly in the Military Air transport service repairing airplanes. He was complimented on his handiness and knowledge of repair work and was told by senior ranking Non-Commissioned officers, “I love you farm boys. You can fix anything”. His time in the Navy came to an end in 1954 when he and his family returned to “God’s Country” to pick up where he left off on the farm.
He spent the next sixty-five years farming in the Cone community. To hear him tell it, “I’ve grown any crop you can grow on the south plains at least once, except corn.” With corn being such a thirsty crop, he had been told, “go to the pet store, get you some goldfish, throw them in the field, and never let them die.” Cotton, however, was his true love. A dedicated steward of the land, his fields were always immaculate.
He was a great example, and mentor to many young farmers. He was quick to offer help and advice. In the words of his father, his best advice was, “If you take care of the land, the land will take care of you”. For a “Dirt Farmer”, there are never enough hours in the day, but if you caught him at the right time he loved the chance to share stories of friends and family long past. Regardless of how many times a story was told, his infectious laughter kept them like new. His stories will truly be missed.
A graveside service will be held at the Cone Cemetery in Cone, TX on Friday, July 16th, 2021 at 10:00 am.