Richard A. Gibson of Sanger, Texas, formerly of Bay City, died in Denton Community Hospital Dec. 4, 2000.
A memorial service will be held at First Methodist Church of Sanger at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 21. The Reverend Larry Kruger, pastor, will officiate. A second memorial service will be held at Oak Tree Assisted Living Facility in New Braunfels, Texas at 7 p.m. Dec. 26, with the Reverend William Ervin, Pastor of Believers Baptist Church of New Braunfels, officiating.
Mr. Gibson was born Oct. 1, 1943 in Denton to Burtle Harville and Wylene Gibson.
He attended Texas schools in Ozona, Athens, Corpus Christi, Harlingen and Denton. He was a 1962 graduate of Denton High School and received his bachelor of arts degree in education in 1965, a master's of education and supervision degree in 1972 and an administrative certification in 1979, all from North Texas State University in Denton. He was a member of Phi Kappa Sigma Fraternity at NTSU.
He married the former Janice Carolyn Barlow of Denton on Nov. 22, 196, in Cole Chapel of First United Methodist Church of Denton.
Mr. Gibson was San Benito Chamber of Commerce Manager from 1968-69. He taught speech in Texas High schools in San Benito, Columbus and Bay City and was principal at Industrial Junionr High in Lolita, Texas; Henrietta High School in Henrietta, Texas; Windthorst Junior and Senior High in Saint Jo, Texas. He was named principal of the year for Region IX in 1995. He retired from education in May 1995.
Mr. Gibson was a licensed Methodist pastor and certified Methodist Lay Leader. He had been pastor of Montague United Mathodist Church in Montague, Texas, and Slidell United Methodist Church in Slidell following his retirement. He served the Wichita Falls Methodist District as district lay leader and trained lay speakers for the Methodist Conference.
He taught Sunday school at Henrietta, Saint Jo and Sanger Methodist Churches, directed the After School Kids Program in Sant Jo, and served on the Volunteers in Missions program.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Survivors include: his wife; two sons and their wives, Scott and Jodie Gibson of Krum, Texas, and Lance and Sherry Gibson of Lexington, Texas; his mother, Mary Wylene Gibson of New Braunfels, Texas; a sister, Carolyn Gibson Sparks of Canyon Lake, Texas; mother-in-law Sylvia Barlow Greenwood of Denton, Texas; grandson, Blake Richard Gibson of Lexington; a grandson-to-be, William Richard Gibson of Krum, Texas; several nephews, nieces, aunts, uncles and in-laws.
Mr. Gibson's body was donated to University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center of Dallas for research at his request.
Memorials may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, P.O. Box 5050, Sterling, Virginia 20167-9050, or to The American Heart Association, North Texas Region, P.O. Box 143089, Austin, Texas 78714-3089. A00011A2000DC12
THE DAILY TRIBUNE
Wednesday, December 13, 2000
Matagorda County, Texas