In Memoriam: Bro. John Gilbert Layton, P.M., 1926 – 2012

On Saturday, February 4 Millbrook Lodge lost Bro. John G. Layton, P.M.


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John Gilbert Layton, 86, of Raleigh, died Saturday morning, February 4, 2012. Although known as John by his social and work acquaintances, he was always Gilbert to his family. A lifelong resident of Wake County, Gilbert was the son of Henry Owen and Emma Smith Layton. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jessie Blackwood Layton only fifteen months ago, as well as three brothers, Marvin Layton, Leon Layton and Bobby Layton. Gilbert is survived by five nieces, three nephews, fifteen great nieces and nephews and fourteen great-great nieces and nephews. He had a successful career with the United States Postal Service from which he retired in 1988 although when asked about his life’s work, it was his interest in securities that he enjoyed most.

A Graveside Funeral Service to celebrate Gilbert’s life will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday at Montlawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at Montlawn Funeral Home from 1 – 2 p.m. Wednesday.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church, 4415 Pleasant Grove Church Road, Raleigh, NC 27613.
Arrangements are by Montlawn Funeral Home, 2911 S. Wilmington St., Raleigh, N.C. Condolences may be made at

Bro. Layton was born on June 29, 1926 in Raleigh, NC. He was initiated into Millbrook Lodge #97 May 10, 1949; passed July 5, 1949; and raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason July 26, 1949. He was Worshipful Master of Millbrook Lodge in 1957. He was a life member of the Fraternity.

Rest in peace Brother Layton.

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