Gilbert Alan Scourten was born in Coffeyville, Kansas on June 28, 1962 to Rosetta Charlene (Wesley) and Horace Wilton Scourten. He attended Cleveland Elementary, Field Kindley High School and Coffeyville Junior College. He continued his education at Pittsburg State University, with a bachelor's degree in Business.
Gilbert was a member of Davidson Chapel C.M.E. church in Coffeyville, Kansas and the Potter's House in Grand Prairie, Texas.
Gilbert married Ethel M. Glenn of Detroit, MI. They were