The Obit For Samuel Gibson

Samuel Clay Gibson Jr.

Published in the News Record on 8/1/2008


SUMTER, SC — Samuel Clay Gibson Jr., 84, of Sumter, S.C., died on Thursday, July 31, 2008, at Central Carolina Hospital in Sanford.

A graveside service will be held 3 p.m. on Saturday, August 2, at Buffalo Cemetery in Sanford with Rev. Eugene Mosier officiating.

Born on January 1, 1924, in Guilford Co., N.C., to the late Samuel Clay Gibson Sr., and Mary Jane Wade Gibson. Mr. Gibson was a veteran of his country and served with the United States Navy during World War II. He was an avid woodworker and enjoyed carving. During his time served with the U.S. Navy, he carved replica enemy planes out of wood so that the U.S. pilots could study them and be able to recognize them in flight. He had a passion for baseball and played Minor League Baseball for the Pirates, in which his nickname on the ball field was "Gabby".

He is survived by two sons, Mark E. Gibson and wife, Amy of Sumter, S.C., and Samuel C. Gibson, III and wife, Winona of Prosperity, S.C.; one daughter, Pamela Diane Wade and husband, Ray of McClenney, Fla. He is also survived by three brothers, Raymond Gibson of Kanapolis, N.C., Larry Gibson of Liberty, N.C., and Wade J. Gibson of Greensboro, N.C.; two sisters, Violet Talley of Greensboro, N.C., and Betty Gibson of Austin, Texas. Six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren also survive him.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife in 2004, Orene Joyce Gibson. He was also preceded in death by four brothers, Cleveland Gibson, Percey Gibson, Robert Gibson, and Quinton Gibson.

The family will receive friends from 1 until 3 p.m. on Saturday, August 2, at Miller- Boles Funeral Home in Sanford.

Miller-Boles Funeral Home of Sanford is serving the family.