The Rev. Dr. Overton Weldon Gilkes, M.A.; Th. M.; D.D

The Rev. Dr. Overton Weldon Gilkes, M.A.; Th. M.; D.D. of Kent Ridge, Christ Church, Barbados passed away peacefully on September 24, 2023.
He was born on October 20, 1933 in St. Peter to the late Christoforo (Sonny) Carmel Gilkes Mings of Havana, Cuba and his wife, Zeleka A. Benn Gilkes also deceased. He was brother to Mrs. Marcia Skeete and Mrs. Cora Small both of whom are also deceased.
Immediately after graduating from High School at age seventeen, he entered Codrington College, Barbados to train for the Sacred Ministry. He graduated in 1956 with the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Theology (with Honours) from the University of Durham, England.
He was ordained Deacon on December 21, 1956 and ordained Priest one year later in Barbados. He went on to become the first black vicar of St. Michael’s Cathedral, Barbados in 1957. Later, heading overseas to the United Kingdom, he ultimately served over five decades in the Ministry of The Anglican and Episcopalian Churches, leading congregations in five countries and more than ten churches.
A dedicated Educator, he was also the first Principal at Bishops College in St. Vincent (1963) and later became the first Principal at Calvary & St. Cyprian’s in the United States (1971).
He is survived by his wife, Yvonne Hyacinth Gilkes, their five children, D. Francis Gilkes (w. Mergina), Simon Gilkes (w. Isabella), Elizabeth Swann (h. Raymond), Paul Gilkes (w. Tamara), Gregory Gilkes (w. Andrea), nephews/nieces – Jennifer Haynes (h. Wendell), Patricia Carrington (h. John), Patrick Skeete (w. Eartha), Steven Skeete (w. Junetta), grandchildren – Tamara Gilkes-Borr, Ashley Smith, Brandon Gilkes, Miles Swann, Kirsten Gilkes, Maya Swann, Arionna Swann, Dalton Gilkes, Bailey Gilkes, Rosemarie Gilkes, Aaron Gilkes, Lucas Gilkes and great grandchildren – Evelyn Smith, Jaxon Smith, Hudson Smith

Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about, for I am your God. I will strengthen… I will uphold you.
Rest in Peace.

A service of celebration and thanksgiving will be held on Thursday, October 19, 2023 at the All Saints Anglican Church in St. Peter at 10:00 a.m., followed by the interment. Flowers may be sent to Lyndhurst Funeral Home no later than 7:30 a.m. on Thursday.

The family invites you to view the live streaming of the service; to view, please click here.

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Oct 19 2023


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Rev. Hyacinth E. Jackson And Family. Rev. Hyacinth E. Jackson And Family. wrote on October 20, 2023 at 6:42 am
Dear Hyacinth, My Family and I Extend Our Deepest Sympathy to You and Your Dear Family. “EARTH HAVE NO SORROW THAT HEAVEN CANNOT CURE”. I PRAY That Your Late Husband’s SOUL will R•I•P; and be One Of Those to RISE WITH JESUS CHRIST TO GLORY.♥️♥️✌🏽✝️
Marcia Cole Marcia Cole wrote on October 19, 2023 at 11:31 am
My condolence to a great Priest. You will be missed . During your time at The Church of St Mark your sermon always bring joy , it was a teaching moment for me and I think you.
Condolence to Mrs Gilkes and the entire family RIP
Malcolm H Best Malcolm H Best wrote on October 19, 2023 at 10:54 am
Sincere condolences are extended to the Gilkes Family and friends at the passing of your loved one. His life was dedicated to the service of God. We thank God for his life and ministry. Be assured that he will receive his just reward at the appointed time. May God grant you strength and comfort during this time of bereavement. May his soul rest in peace and rise in glory.
Anthony & Marva Gilkes Anthony & Marva Gilkes wrote on October 19, 2023 at 5:55 am
Sympathy to the family...Rest peacefully Overton
Mary Gill-Mascoll Mary Gill-Mascoll wrote on October 18, 2023 at 10:06 am
Sincere Condolences to the entire Gilkes family. May the Rev. Overton Gilkes Rest In Peace.
Nicholas O. Sadnytzky Nicholas O. Sadnytzky wrote on October 17, 2023 at 10:49 pm
Our Dear Yvonne,
Permit me to extend our heart felt sympathy at you and your family’s great loss. The Revered was more than a wise man. He was a good husband, father and grandfather. He extended his prayers and wisdom to all who approached him. He was also blessed with a wise and industrious wife. And personal helpmate in his ministry.
With our love and prayers,
Nicholas, Dianne and Nicholas Augustine
Florence Tai Florence Tai wrote on October 17, 2023 at 6:39 pm
My deepest sympathy. Prayers and comfort to the family and Hyacinth.
Anzie Fraser Anzie Fraser wrote on October 17, 2023 at 11:33 am
To the family and especially to Hyacinth, my sincere condolences. I'll remember the inspiring sermons and the wide knowledge that Fr Gilkes shared at the Church of St. Mark Brooklyn, Rest in peace. (Wish I could say it or even write it in Greek)
Eudean Holder Eudean Holder wrote on October 17, 2023 at 8:02 am
To the family of Rev. Overton Gilkes:
May God's love and blessings continue to envelope you during this period of profound grief and always. He is reunited with his parents and sisters in the kingdom and he's at rest.
Love ❤️ to all. Eudean.
Jeanette Heyck Jeanette Heyck wrote on October 16, 2023 at 2:44 pm
Condolences to my nephews and their families. Francis, Simon, Paul and Gregory Gilkes. May He Rest in Peace and Rise in Glory.
Seibert L scantlebury (United Kingdom). Seibert L scantlebury (United Kingdom). wrote on October 15, 2023 at 6:14 pm
We both send our sincere condolences to Father Overton Weldon Gilkes's Family and Friends on his passing. May He Rest in Sweet Repose.
Judy Richards Judy Richards wrote on October 15, 2023 at 3:42 pm
My sympathy to the entire family.
May the soul of Rev. Fr. O Gilkes rest in eternal peace. 🙏🏾.
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