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Polly Mae Gilbert

December 27, 1937 — October 1, 2022



Polly Mae Lark Gilbert, 84, of Lebanon, Virginia, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, October 1st, 2022. She was of the Baptist faith. She was born on December 27th, 1937 in the Artrip community of Russell County. She was the daughter of the late Everette & Dorothy Lark.

She grew up on a small farm where she attended elementary school in Finney and graduated from Honaker High School. She later attended Radford State Teachers College where she received a bachelor’s degree. Polly began teaching in 1958, serving in the Russell County School system until her retirement from Lebanon High School in 1991. She married her husband William F. Gilbert July 2nd, 1962. She also owned and operated several rental properties over the years and operated Crafts & Things with her husband Bill. Polly was a wonderful caretaker to both of her parents for many years. She cared deeply for all her family and friends. She was also an avid lover of animals.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her, her loving husband of 53 years, Bill, twin sister Molly Fae Lark, her youngest brother Kenneth, her sister Betty Blinne and brother-in-law George Blinne of New Rochelle, NY., her brother Bill of Abingdon, VA., and her brother-in-law’s Harry Smith of Roanoke, VA., and Lewis Lacy of Woodlands, TX. Survivors include brother, Jerry Lark and wife Geneva of Lebanon, VA., sister Peggy Lacy of Woodlands, TX., and Patsy Smith of Roanoke, VA.; nephews, Doug Lark and wife Suzanne of Lebanon, VA., David Lark of Abingdon, VA., Greg Lacy and wife Libby of San Antonio, TX., Robert Lacy of Woodlands, TX.; nieces, Janet Lark Musick and husband Charles of Lebanon, VA., Karen Horan and husband Mike, of New Rochelle, N.Y., Angela Snead of Roanoke, Va.; great-nephew, Christopher Horan; great-nieces, Emily Osborn and husband Matt, Ashley Collins and husband Clinton, Sarah Turner and husband Drew, Amber Gilmer and husband Jake, Alyssa Looney and husband Austin, and Alexis Lark Musick; several great-great-nephews and great-great nieces, along with a host of friends.

The funeral service will be held Thursday October 6, 2022 at2:00 pm in the Combs-Hess Funeral Service Chapel with the Pastor Brian Reed Officiating. The family will receive friends from 12:00pm until 2:00pm prior to the service. Entombment will follow in the Ketron Memorial Gardens Mausoleum.  

Serving as pallbearers will be David Lark, Doug Lark, Charles Musick, Clinton Collins, Jake Gilmer, Austin Looney, Reagan Trent, and Marvin Statzer. Honorary pallbearers will be Michael Horan.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made in her honor to either the American Heart Association (, or the American Diabetes Association (

Expressions of sympathy can be made on our Combs-Hess Funeral Service Facebook page and our website  Combs-Hess Funeral Service, 291 Highway 71 Fincastle Road, Lebanon, Va. 24266 (276) 889-4444 is serving the Gilbert family.

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