Cecil Turner “Sonny” Gibson, Jr., age 77, of Artesia, MS, passed away November 29, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital–Golden Triangle. Funeral services will be Sunday, December 1, 2013, at 2:00 PM at Gunter & Peel Chapel with Rev. Ben Yarber officiating. The interment will immediately follow at Beersheba Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday, December 1, 2013, from 12:00 PM until 2:00 PM at Gunter & Peel Funeral Home. Mr. Gibson was born July 25, 1936, in Lowndes County, MS, to the late Cecil Turner and Birdie Mae Coleman Gibson, Sr. He worked for many years for various railroad companies having retired from Kansas City Southern Railroad. Mr. Gibson worked as a contractor and carpenter for eighteen years and enjoyed wood work. He was a member of Artesia Baptist Church. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Jeanette Beasley, Colleen “Pete” Gibson and infant sister, Mary Elizabeth Gibson; and grandson, Justin Thompson. Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Murline Swartz Gibson of Artesia, MS; son, Joe Gibson and his wife Lisa of Columbus, MS; daughters, Lynn Thompson of Columbus, MS, and Lisa Stuart and her husband Robert of Macon, MS; brother, James David “Gip” Gibson and his wife Debbie of Artesia, MS; sisters, Joyce Ann Morse of Columbus, MS, Saundra Doman and her husband Ed of Dannville, KY, Barbara Nell Chiasson and her husband Gary of Schriever, LA and Cissy Dodge and her husband Ryan of Thibodaux, LA; grandchildren, Sarah Pittman and her husband Zack, Bo Thompson and his wife Jenn, Holly Campbell and her husband Clint, Stephanie Stuart and Casey Nail; and great-granddaughter, Alaina Lynn Thompson. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. Memorials may be made to the Palmer Home For Children, P.O. Box 746, Columbus, MS 39703.
Appeared in The Commercial Dispatch on December 1, 2013
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