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Jack Branum Gibbs left his earthly home on May 6, 2016. Jack was born in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma on June 11, 1926 to Lee C. and Ida Jewel Gibbs, one of seven children. He graduated from Pauls Valley High School where he met Mary Ellen Phelps who would later become his wife. After high school he joined the Army Air Corps and was stationed in Shemya, Alaska. Following his service in World War II he began work at Santa Fe Railroad where he completed 41 years of service, most as a Pile Driver Engineer. He married Mary Ellen on June 21, 1947 and in 1953 they moved to Gainesville, Texas with their two daughters.
Jack was a member of the Grand Avenue Baptist Church where he was a deacon and taught Sunday School. After retirement in 1988, he volunteered for the local Hospice organization and ABBA. Jack was always called upon when something needed repair as he was known for his abilities as well as his patience. For his 70th birthday Jack received a computer and became adept at repairing these also.
Jack and Mary Ellen resided in Gainesville for 50 years before moving to Hurst, Texas to be near one of their daughters. Mary Ellen predeceased him in 2007 after 60 years of marriage. Jack spent the next nine years at Parc Place Retirement Center where his computer and photography skills became widely known. An added interest was preparing gourmet meals for family and friends, often inviting other residents for Saturday breakfast. At his death he was a member of Shady Oaks Baptist Church in Hurst, Texas.
A graveside service was held on May 26, 2016 at Bluebonnet Hills Cemetery. The Reverend Barry Braman officiated with grandson Branum Barrett reading scripture and speaking about his Op. A visitation for family and friends was held later that afternoon at Parc Place where many stories were shared.
Jack is survived by two daughters, Sherron Gibbs Lanfear and her husband, Gene, of San Antonio, Texas and Jo Ella Barrett of Bedford, Texas; one grandson, Branum Lee Barrett of Colleyville, Texas and Jacks sister Suzie Thornton and her husband Jim, of Sherman, Texas, as well as nephews and nieces.
Published on July 27, 2016
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