Alvin Gibbs, age 91, of Gainesville passed away on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013.
Funeral services are scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Memorial Park Funeral Home with interment to follow in Memorial Park Cemetery. Mr. John Samples will officiate. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Mr. Gibbs was born in Gainesville, Ga., to the late Grover Cleveland Gibbs Sr. and Nancy Anna Edge Gibbs. He lived all his life on "happy" Oak Street, as he called it, until he married Mary Jo Chambers on Valentine's Day 1953. Alvin was a World War II
Veteran, having proudly served in the U.S. Army
from August 1940 to October 1945, in the Southwest Pacific from New Guinea, the Philippines and Japan. He was in the battle of Luzon that liberated the Philippines. Due to his tenure in the military, he was very patriotic. Alvin was retired from Southland Publishing Co. with over 34 years of service. He and Mary Jo met at the newspaper in 1951 and worked together until he retired in December of 1984. Alvin was a kind and decent man, with a good sense of humor and loved dearly by many family and friends. In addition to his parents, Alvin was predeceased by his sisters, Lavinia Gibbs Skinner and Mary Gibbs Robertson Cook; and brothers, William Edgar Gibbs, Grover Cleveland Gibbs Jr. and Hubert Gibbs.
Mr. Gibbs is survived by his beloved wife of over 60 years, Mary Jo Chambers Gibbs, Gainesville; sister, Kathryn Gibbs Parker, Gainesville; sisters-in-law, Sallie Gibbs Chapman, Talmo; and Beverly Chambers Jarmon, Gainesville; brother-in-law, Jerry Chambers, Norcross; sister-in-law and husband, Rita Chambers Helton and William Helton, Clermont; nephews, David Michael Chambers, Atlanta; and Jeffery Thomas Chambers, Bradenton, Fla.; special cousins, Ralph and Louise Brechter, Gainesville; and many other nieces; and nephews.
Memorial Park Funeral Home, 2030 Memorial Park Road, Gainesville, GA 30504, is in charge of arrangements.
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