Paul John Gibson
Canton — Paul John Gibson, 91, of Dewey Avenue passed away Friday, Sept.27, 2013.
Mr. Gibson was born in Swain County on Aug. 8, 1922 to the late John Wesley Gibson and the late Laura Crisp Gibson. He was born into a loving family and was indeed proud of his mountain heritage and growing up in the great Smoky Mountains that he called home.
Mr. Gibson was a United States Navy veteran having honorably served in World War II. After returning home from his military service he made his home in Canton where he had resided for the past 62 years. Paul was a dedicated member of West Canton Baptist Church, where he was proud to be the oldest in age member of the church family. He retired from Champion Papers and was an active member of the Champion Old Timers.
Paul was blessed with the gift of conversation, never met a stranger, was always willing to share a good story and was truly a friend to many. He was an avid trout fisherman, enjoyed collecting rocks and always enjoyed spending time outdoors. As we remember Paul John Gibson, we remember a loving husband, father and grandfather. We remember Paul’s friendly smile, his laughter, his zest for life and a lifetime of memories to treasure today and forever .
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wives, Grace Frady Gibson and Ann Turbyfill Gibson; a granddaughter, Alisha Turbyfill; four sisters and five brothers.
Surviving are his daughter, Paula Gibson Ashley and her husband, Dennis Ashley of Surfside Beach, South Carolina; a stepson, Walter Turbyfill and his wife, Frances Turbyfill of Mt. Holly; stepdaughters, Cathy Bryan of Franklin, Judy Blythe and her husband, Ronnie Blythe of Whitter and Beki McMillan and her husband, Scott McMillan of Pine Knoll Shores; grandsons, Todd H. Ashley, Tal Ashley, Chris Turbyfill and his wife, Sele Turbyfill, Josh Sutton and his wife, Amber Sutton and Caleb Crawford; great-granddaughters, Savannah Ashley, Peyton Ashley, Amiya Sutton, Kara Sutton and Gabriela Turbyfill; sisters, Lois Justice of Charlotte and Ruth Ballew of Canton; special neighbors that were like family, Danny and Judy Earley of Canton.
The Gibson family would like to extend their deepest gratitude to the staff of Autumn Care for the love and attention given to Paul. Also, for giving him the happy days of bingo and popcorn and the honor of serving as “Mayor” of Autumn Care.
The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30, 2013 in the chapel of Crawford / Ray Funeral Home. The Rev. Jonathan Blaylock will be officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home from 12:30 until 2 p.m. prior to the funeral service.
Memorials may be made in Mr. Gibson’s memory to West Canton Baptist Church, 75 Lowe St., Canton NC 28716 or Haywood Christian Ministry, 150 Branner Ave., Waynesville, NC 28786.
Crawford / Ray Funeral Home is honored to be caring for the Gibson family and words of comfort may be shared at www.crawfordray.com