Football Team's Efforts to Be Bolstered By Gilberts' Generous Gift

Reed Menger

Taylor Gilbert and his grandson Reed Menger enjoy their time at Taylor's 75th birthday.

Two of the Jacksonville State University football team's biggest fans have given the Gamecocks reason to cheer. Former JSU students Taylor and Adrienne Gilbert have made a bequest in their will to help the football team. "The past two years, we got involved in coming back to JSU football games and encouraged others to do the same," Adrienne says. "We joined the Coxwell Social Room and enjoyed seeing old friends and meeting new ones. We decided to give back by leaving JSU in our will."

The Cropwell, Ala., residents met at JSU and have been married for almost 54 years. Taylor, 75, went through ROTC at JSU and was commissioned second lieutenant in 1956, the year he graduated. Adrienne, 74, attended JSU for three years in the 1950s.

Taylor worked his way to assistant vice president at a construction company prior to purchasing his own construction company, H&F Construction, with a partner in 1972. The company handled projects in 22 states.

Since his retirement more than 20 years ago, Taylor has done some consulting and keeps entertained by numerous hobbies-including football games. "I love football," he says. "JSU football has really come alive and it is an exciting time for the program. I wanted to help and would really like to see them be even more successful." After retirement, Taylor and Adrienne settled on Logan Martin Lake in Cropwell, AL close to Pell City, AL.

Including a gift in your will to Jacksonville State University is one of the most thoughtful ways to benefit the community. Your gift shows forethought, planning and community commitment.

People from all walks of life make gifts, both large and small, to the University, recognizing the role it plays in assisting the community through education, research and community development. Leaving a gift in your will is one way to make the type of gift that you may not be able to make during your lifetime.

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