Jessie C. Gibson passed away peacefully at 10:10 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019.
She was a member of Madisonville First United Methodist Church and lifelong resident of Madisonville. She was the last living member of Madisonville High School graduating class of 1938. Long remembered for her tenure on Dr. H. M. McGuire’s nursing staff, she retired with the closing of McGuire’s clinic in Madisonville. She assisted in the birth of many of Monroe County’s boys and girls that are now adults with children of their own.
She was blessed to have acquired many friends and acquaintances in her life and valued and treasured all, bringing happiness and joy along the way, with a wit and humor that could only be addressed as vintage “Jessie.”
She was a loving wife, first class mother, and house keeper. Enjoyed cooking, sewing, fashioning more than 50 afghans and numerous priceless hand-stitched quilts over the years. She could find beauty in a green pasture field and took loving pride and passion gardening her flower beds. She had a profound knowledge of sports and was an avid sports fan of University of Tennessee and Madisonville High School sports programs.
She was 98 and 4 months old.
Preceded in death by: her parents, D.W. and Della Maxwell Cardin; husband, R.B. “Paper” Gibson; sisters, Edith Long (Eral), Lena Watson (Ross); brothers, Ruhl (Esther) and infant brother Raymond; three nieces and six nephews; beloved Millie, her cat of 15 years.
Survivors include: her son, Daniel B. Gibson of Lenoir City;
Sisters, Ruby C. Layman (Jim) and adopted sister (cousin), Glenna Belle Cardin Hicks (Gene), both of Madisonville;
Four nieces, Brenda Layman Andy of Tracy City, Myrna Watson Sharpe of Huntsville, Ala., Donzella Long Whitlock of Madisonville, Barbara Moree Whitmore of Knoxville;
Three nephews, Bud Long of Mobile, Ala., Bob Long of Madisonville, Paul Reed Cardin of Englewood.
A heartfelt and sincere thank you to the “gang” of coveted buddies that prompted countless shared warm smiles and spoiled affections from the many visitations, phone calls, and personal deeds exhibited by Jack and Nun Copeland, R.B. “Hollywood” and Christine English, Margie McGuire, Marsha Boring Standridge, Francis Raper Hampton, Linda Garrett Hensley, Jim Donahue, Allen Benton and family, and “Daughter of Heart” Eroletta Piasczyk who all contributed to highlight and brighten many of her life’s days.
The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, at Biereley-Hale Funeral Home. Graveside services will follow at 1:30 p.m. in Haven Hill Memorial Gardens in Madisonville, with Pastor Keith Knight officiating. Pallbearers will be Jon Sharpe (Huntsville, Ala.), R.B. English (Barnwell, S.C.), Jim Donahue (Knoxville), Allen Balsinger (Sweetwater), Allen Benton and Jack McKee (Madisonville).
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Madisonville First Methodist Church Building Fund, Chestua Campground Community Cemetery Fund, or Notchey Creek Graveyard Fund.
Arrangements by Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville.