The Obit For Warren Gibson

Warren Winfield Gibson Jr.
(1930 - 2011)

Published in The Greenville News on September 13, 2011

Warren Winfield Gibson, Junior, 81, arrived in the presence of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on September 10, 2011. He was preceded in death by Doris Pace Gibson in 1998, to whom he was married for 50 years.

Affectionally, known as Hoot, he was born on May 29, 1930 in Greenville, SC to Warren Winfield Gibson, Sr. and Idalene Hendrix Gibson. After attending Clemson University he played minor league baseball with the Brooklyn Dodgers, sold insurance and medical equipment, hauled nuclear missiles for the US government and ultimately retired from JP Stevens after 34 years as a long distance truck driver. He was a member of IPTAY, The Palmetto Winnebago Club and the Cooper Masonic Lodge #282. After retirement he was an avid traveler in his RV, with the Southwest being his favorite spot. His final journey called him heavenward after a courageous battle with cancer that emboldened his faith. The family is grateful to his medical doctors, as well as his care team at The Franke at Seaside and Hospice of Charleston in Mt. Pleasant, SC.

Devoted in life to his family, he is survived by his daughters, Deborah Gibson of Greenville, SC; a son, Warren Winfield Gibson, III and his wife, Lisa, of Maui, Hawaii and a daughter, Marianne Gibson Caldwell and her husband, Kenny, of Awendaw, SC. Also surviving are six grandchildren, Farrah McCauley Redmon and her husband, Mike, of Greenville, LT JG Barrett Winfield Caldwell of Williamsburg, VA, Jennigray Caldwell Hewitt and her husband, Chris, of Columbia, SC, MerriCameron Caldwell and Chandler Madison Caldwell of Awendaw, SC and Griffin Eli Gibson of Maui, HI. Surviving also, are two great-granddaughters, Francesca Pace Winfield Redmon and India Grace Vancourt Redmon of Greenville, SC. Also surviving are his brother, Thomas Judson Gibson and his wife, Nell, of Travelers Rest, SC and brother-in-law, Melvin McKinney Pace and sister-in-law, Mary Pace Batson, along with nieces and nephews. Additionally, Warren was again widowed in 2008 by the late Inez Hooks Gibson.

The celebration of his life will be held Thursday at 11:00 am at Reedy River Baptist Church at 871 N. Highway 25 Bypass, Greenville, SC 29617. Visitation will be Wednesday from 6:00 until 8:00 pm at Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, Downtown.

In lieu of flowers, the family request memorial gifts be given to Reedy River Baptist Church, 871 N. Highway 25 Bypass, Greenville, SC 29617.