Joshua Allen Gilchrist, age 18, of Petersburg, WV died on Sunday, February 20, 2022 in Fayette County, PA.
Joshua was born on November 26, 2003 in Petersburg, WV and was a son of SueAnn (Mongold) Gilchrist of Petersburg, WV and the late Brian Scott Gilchrist.
In addition to his mother, Joshua is survived by his Maternal Grandparents, Jimmie and Mary Ann Hedrick of Petersburg, WV and Paternal Grandparents, Michael E. Gilchrist, Sr. of Harrisonburg, VA and Sharon A. (Crider) Walters of Old Fields, WV; one brother, Matthew Allen Mongold of Petersburg, WV and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Joshua was a member of the Petersburg High School Senior Class. He was part of the marching band and concert band for 5 years, since eighth grade. He played trombone, tuba, and baritone. He was an extremely gifted musician, being chosen for region 9 honor band in 2022. He participated in theatre as a dancer. Dancing was his passion. He could learn any dance perfectly, even the most complicated. He was a huge part of the online just dance community. He also loved to code, spend time with friends and family, perform, play games with online friends, share memes, and listen to music. His favorite musician was Marina.
Joshua was a light to everyone who knew him. He could always make people laugh and put a smile on their face, even in the darkest of times. He served as an inspiration to others to be their most authentic selves, unapologetically. He never cared what others thought of him. He was humble, generous, and compassionate. He loved to just have a good time with his friends.
Family will receive friends Friday from 4 – 8 PM at the Schaeffer Funeral Home in Petersburg.
A Celebration of Life Service will be conducted 2 PM Saturday, February 26, 2022 in the Petersburg High School Gymnasium with Evangelist Travis Hansrote officiating.
Interment will be private in the Mongold Family Cemetery, Deep Spring Road, Petersburg, WV.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Gilchrist Family, c/o Schaeffer Funeral Home.