Gilbert Carl Royston, 92, of Iliff Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Dunn Loring, VA passed away Monday, October 10, 2011 of heart failure. He was formerly of Berryville, VA and Winchester, VA and moved to North Fort Myers, Florida in 1979. He moved to Greenville, NC in 1999 and subsequently to Reston, VA the same year.
He was born December 3, 1918 in Pitcairn, PA as the eldest son of the late Gilbert L. and Margaret H. Royston. He was a 1937 graduate of Berryville High School. He assisted his father in his farming business in West Virginia and Clarke County. Upon his marriage to Virginia Mallison of Riverhead, LI, NY, in September 1945, he continued to assist his father and other farmers in the Clarke County area. He changed careers and worked for John Richardson and FH Morris in Berryville, International Harvester dealers. He worked at Whitmore and Arnold in Purcellville, VA , IH farm machinery dealer as parts manager and continued working there until his move to North Fort Myers in 1979. While living in North Fort Myers, he worked for an automobile dealer and a local bank.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia in 1998 after 52 years of marriage. Survivors include his daughter, Jeanne R. Coleman and son-in-law Robert of Reston, VA and son, G. Mark Royston and daughter-in-law Sheree of Greenville, NC, grandson Michael Royston of Greenville, NC. Other survivors include brother Don and wife Mary Lou of Summerfield, FL, William W of Fitzgerald, GA, sister Helen Magaha and husband Newton of Bel Air, MD and brother in-law Arv Hickerson of Clearwater, FL. A sister, Betty preceded Gilbert in death in 2008. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive as well as three step grandchildren with spouses, seven step great-grandchildren and two step great-great grandchildren.
Memorial service will be held Saturday, November 12, 2011 in the chapel at 11:00 a.m. at Shenandoah Memorial Park, Winchester, VA. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to local chapter of American Heart Association, Capital Caring, 2900 Telestar Ct., Falls Church, VA22042, or Fairfax County Pets on Wheels