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Gibson Higgins


Gibson Gibson Graveside services for Charles “Hoot” Gibson Jr., 87, will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, 2011, at Salt y Cemetery near Thorndale.

Mr. Gibson died Saturday, March 12, in Scott & White Hospital in Temple.

He was born on Feb. 2, 1924, in the Salty community near Thorndale to Charles and Ellye Rhae (Caffey) Gibson Sr.

He married Anna Laura Muckelroy in January 1951 in Appleby.

Mr. Gibson had been a Salty resident for the past 27 years and previously lived in Rockdale, Houston, Sealy.

He was a bus driver for the City of Houston for several years before going to work for Cameron Iron Works in Houston where he worked as an expediter/foreman for 29 years until his retirement in 1983.

Mr. Gibson was a World War II veteran in the U.S. Army from February 1943 to March 1946 as a corporal. He was with the 911th Field Artillery Battalion and was stationed in the U. S., France, Central Europe, Germany and the Philippines.

Mr. Gibson was awarded the American Theater Campaign Ribbon, EAME Campaign Ribbon, the Bronze Star, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Victory Ribbon, Service Stripe and an overseas Service Bar.

He also served in the Army Reserves from March 1946 to March 1949.

Mr. Gibson was a member of the Thorndale VFW Post 4009.

He was preceded in death by a son, Sam Taylor Gibson; his parents, Charles and Ellye Rhae Gibson Sr.; a grandson-in-law, Billy Parr; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Conda and Ethel (Rambin) Muckelroy.

Survivors are his wife, Anna Laura Gibson of the Salty community; two daughters, Becky Hozak and husband A lan of Wallis, Paula Johnson and husband Scotty of Tucson; a brother, Grady Gibson of New Jersey; four grandchildren, Karey Reber and husband Jason, Katie Parr, Trevor Johnson and Ethan Johnson; and four great-grandchildren, Hannah Reber, Chase Parr, Kendra Reber and Jacob Alvarado.

Ser v ices for Mar y Lorene Daniell Higgins, 93, of Rockdale will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 17, 2011, at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Rockdale with Rev. John Warren of St. John’s United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be private.

Mrs. Higgins died Saturday, March 12, at Richards Memorial Hospital in Rockdale.

She was born Jan. 9, 1918, in Ledbetter to Clarence Ayers and Eula Mae Beckham Ayers.

Mrs. Higgins was a homemaker.

She was a Rockdale resident for the past six years and was formerly of Ledbetter.

She was a member of St. John’s United Methodist Church in Rockdale.

Mrs. Higgins was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, William Matt Daniell; her second husband, William Higgins; and 10 siblings.

Survivors are a son, Bill Daniell of Milano, six grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to St. John’s United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 168, Rockdale, TX 76567.


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