HENDERSONVILLE - William Jardine "Hoot" Gibson, 93, passed away at Pardee Hospital, Hendersonville, on Jan. 18, 2013.
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A resident of Lumberton, Hoot had lived in Hendersonville since May 2007 with his wife, daughter and son-in-law.
Hoot was born Jan. 10, 1920, in Marlboro County, S.C., and was 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 nine weeks and to Fort Benning, Ga., for Officer Training School, where he was commissioned second lieutenant. He joined the 89th Infantry Division at Fort Buckner and sailed Jan. 10, 1945, for France and later attached to Patton's Army as first 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.
Agri-business became Hoot's second career working for Aycock and Son Milling Co., in Wallace, and later managing Carolina Grain Business in Lumberton. 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. 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; two grandsons, William Scott Gibson, of Raleigh, and Christopher Cameron Gibson, of Atlanta, Ga.; one daughter, Anne G. Whitmire and her husband, Stephen, of Hendersonville. Also surviving is a brother-in-law, Jake Wesley Aycock Jr. and his wife, Joyce, of Wallace; two sisters-in-law, Nancy Gibson, of Belmont, and Margaret Gibson, of Gastonia; nephews; and cousins.
A funeral service will be held at Chestnut Street United Methodist Church of Lumberton with the Rev. Steve Little and the Rev. Leon Newton officiating Monday, Jan. 21, at 2 p.m. A short visitation will follow at the church. Entombment will follow at Gardens of Faith Mausoleum.
Memorials can be made to Henderson County Meals on Wheels and Chestnut Street United Methodist Church in Lumberton.
Floyd Mortuary and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.
Published in Gaston Gazette from Jan. 19 to Jan. 21, 2013