A memorial service to celebrate the life of Ethel Elizabeth Hill Gibson will be 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the First United Methodist Church. Visitation will follow the service in the fellowship hall. A private interment will follow.
Mrs. Gibson was born November 19,1920 in Hamlet, the oldest daughter of four born to the late John Lloyd and Ethel Butt Hill. A child of the Great Depression, she continued to live the values of home and family reinforced by those years. Longtime friends remember her as popular, lively, and a good dancer, traits that drew people to her from an early age. At age 17, she began dating her husband-to-be, Harold, also of Hamlet. In 1942, following her attendance at UNC-Greensboro, then called “Woman’s College,” they were married.
During WWII, while her husband was on active duty in the U.S Army, Mrs. Gibson moved to Miami FLA, sharing quarters with a younger sister and working at the Army Air Corps base, then headed by her father. While there, she enjoyed the “Big Band” orchestras of the time, which were brought in to entertain the troops.
Following the war, Mr. and Mrs. Gibson spent a short period in San Francisco, CA moving to Laurinburg, shortly before the birth of their oldest son, John, in 1946. Subsequently, a daughter Linda arrived, and another son, Alan, was born a few years later.
Mrs. Gibson worked for many years, first at Southern National Bank and then as an executive secretary at McNair Seed Company, and was considered an exceptional employee. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Laurinburg, the Betsy Sanford Class, and was a charter member of the Laurinburg Pilot Club and the Women’s Missionary Society. In addition, she loved entertaining, fishing, and playing bridge with friends.
She is survived by Harold Clayton Gibson, husband of 67 years, a sister Louise Wilson Balkan (William) of Toledo, Ohio, two sons, John Clayton Gibson (Kathy) of Augusta, GA and Alan Craig Gibson (Pam) of Wilson, a daughter Linda Hill Gibson McGuire (Frank) of Charlotte, five grandchildren, three great grandchildren, ten nieces and nephews and thirteen great nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, November 14 at Scotia Village, 2200 Elm Avenue, Laurinburg, NC
The family wishes to thank the staff of Scotia Village for their compassionate care.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Scotland County, PO Box 1033, Laurinburg, NC 28353 or to the First United Methodist Church, 101 W. Church Street, Laurinburg, NC 28352.
McDougald Funeral Home and Crematorium is serving the family.
A memorial register is at www.McDougald.com
Richmond County Daily Journal
Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009