LORDSTOWN - William "Bill" Wade Gibson, 82, passed away peacefully into eternal rest Monday, Dec. 23, 2013.
He was born May 11, 1931, in Shinnston, W.Va., the son of Claude Alfred Gibson and Evelyn Ann Sloan Gibson.
After high school in Fairmont, W.Va., he joined the U.S. Army during the Korean War and served his country faithfully for three years, earning the rank of Corporal.
Bill married the love of his life, Joan Grace Maxwell, on Sept. 16, 1955, and they enjoyed 58 years of marriage together.
He and his wife, Joan, lived in Lordstown since 1966, and were members of the Bailey Road Baptist Church. Bill worked as a millwright at General Motors Lordstown for 30 years, before retiring in 1994.
He enjoyed camping and all kinds of sports, especially golfing and baseball. He loved watching his grandkids grow up and play sports, and he tried to attend all their games.
Bill was dedicated to his community and its youth and served years of coaching and then following the many teams on which his grandchildren and friends played. He served on the "Fall Festival" founder's committee (now the Apple Cider Festival). He was always willing to help or to lead many fundraisers for the school and sports associations - some will remember the "Tee-Hee" events. He was a founding committee member for the Village of Lordstown Incorporation and a long-time member and trustee at the Bailey Road Baptist Church.
Memories of Bill will be carried on by his family: his wife, Joan Gibson of Lordstown; three sons, J.C. and Marty Gibson of Lordstown, Timothy and Janice Gibson of Braceville and Todd and Starla Gibson of Lordstown; two sisters, Dorothy Wilson of Fairmont, W.Va., and Claudia and Robert Luzadder of Lordstown; and eight grandchildren, Max, Courtney, Anna, Ben, Erica, Meagan, Greg and Julie.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents; one infant son, Stan Allen Gibson; one sister, Ruth Williams; one brother, Jim Gibson; and one grandson, Aaron Davis Gibson.
Calling hours will be 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the James Funeral Home in Newton Falls.
Funeral services will be noon Saturday at the Bailey Road Baptist Church at 2121 North Bailey Road, North Jackson, with visitation one hour prior to the service.
Bill will be laid to rest at Lordstown Cemetery.
The family has requested that all donations please be made to the Bailey Road Baptist Church in Bill's name.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the James Funeral Home, 8 E. Broad St., Newton Falls, OH 44444, 330-872-5440.
Family and friends may view this obituary online or to send condolences at www.jamesfuneralhomeinc.com.