William J. "(Hoot)" Gibson

William Jardine (Hoot) Gibson, 93, passed away at Pardee Hospital, Hendersonville, N.C., on January 18, 2013. A resident of Lumberton, N.C., Hoot had lived in Hendersonville since May 2007 with his wife, daughter and son-in-law.

Hoot was born January 10, 1920, in Marlboro County, S.C., and son of the late Nathan William Gibson and Annie Laura Newton Gibson. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Lindsey Nathan Gibson and Douglas Newton Gibson.

William Jardine Gibson attended North Carolina State University, where he played football and baseball. He married Carley Aycock on April 3, 1943, and was called to Fort Bragg for his basic training April 6. He was sent to Camp Waltrip, Texas, for 9 weeks, and Fort Benning, Ga., for Officer Training School, where he was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant. He joined the 89th Infantry Division at Fort Buckner, N.C., and sailed on January 10, 1945, for France and later attached to Patton's Army as 1st Lieutenant, 2nd Platoon Leader for heavy machine guns in World War II. He was a 17-year Army veteran who loved his country.

After the war, Hoot graduated from North Carolina State and taught Industrial Arts in the Pinehurst and later High Point School Systems. While coaching football, basketball, baseball and wrestling, he was called back to Fort Benning as a Physical Trainer and Bayonet Instructor for South Korean soldiers. He was a Captain when he left the Army.

Agribusiness became Hoot's second career. He worked for Aycock and Son Milling Company in Wallace, N.C., and later managed Carolina Grain Business in Lumberton, N.C. Hunting with his son, golfing and being a true North Carolina State Wolfpack fan is how he enjoyed his later years with Carley, family and Lumberton friends. Hoot Gibson was a fine gentleman, beloved husband, kind and loving father who had a big heart.

Surviving members of his family include one son, William J. Gibson Jr. and wife Scottie of Fremont, N.C.; two grandsons, William Scott Gibson of Raleigh and Christopher Cameron Gibson of Atlanta; one daughter, Anne G. Whitmire and her husband Stephen of Hendersonville. Also surviving is a brotherin- law, Jake Wesley Aycock Jr. and his wife Joyce of Wallace, N.C., two sistersin- law, Nancy Gibson of Belmont, N.C., and Margaret Gibson of Gastonia, N.C.; and nephews and cousins.

A funeral service will be held at Chestnut Street United Methodist Church of Lumberton, N.C., with the Rev. Steve Little and the Rev. Leon Newton officiating on Monday, January 21, at 2:00 p.m. A short visitation will follow at the church. Entombment will follow at Gardens of Faith Mausoleum.

Thank you to Dr. Ron Moffitt, Life Care and The Bridge at Lake Point for their care.

Memorials can be made to Henderson County Meals on Wheels and Chestnut Street United Methodist Church in Lumberton, N.C.

An online register book is available for family and friends by visiting www. thosshepherd.com. Thos Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.

Published in The Times-News from Jan. 20 to Jan. 21, 2013