GIPSON, Edwin C.
Edwin Carollton Gipson, Sr., was born on August 6, 1931 in Huntington, W. Virginia to John Walter and Arrena Branch Gipson. He was the sixth of nine children.
After graduating from high school at age 16, Edwin moved to Cleveland to work. He later joined the Army and was honorably discharged as a sergeant in 1953.
He enrolled in Ohio State University and graduated in 1955. He married Anna Owsley and soon started a family. After a short stay in Columbus, he moved the family to Cleveland, where he worked at Mt. Sinai Hospital until relocating to Sacramento, CA in 1971.
Edwin worked for the State Personnel Board and then became the first Deputy Director for the CA State Department of Aging, an agency he structured and developed while at the State Personnel Board. After seeing the needs for programs and services for older adults in the community, his involvement only increased.
Edwin enjoyed serving the community by working on different boards and associations. He was President of the Sacramento Chapter of the Mental Health Association and was Chairman of the
Board of Directors for American River Hospital. He loved working with the Kiwanis Clubs. He served as the Carmichael Chapter President, Vice President, and as the District Lieutenant Governor. He helped form two new Kiwanis clubs while in office and The Kiwanis Family House, which provides convenient, low cost accommodations for the families of patients being treated at the UCD Medical Center or Shriners Hospital. His favorite events included the pancake breakfasts, Easter egg hunts, and Taste of Carmichael, which raised money for various community organizations. Edwin continued his work with Kiwanis after he and Anna moved to Mansfield, TX, where they have resided for the past five years.
Edwin is survived by his wife, Anna; daughter, Yolanda and husband Daniel Ray, daughter, Deborah and husband Mitchell Moody; son, Edwin C. Gipson II and wife Beverly; grandchildren, Elijah and Elleah; sister, Janice; brothers, Joe and Jimmy; many nieces, nephews, friends, and honorary grandchildren, Dante, Rahim, Cerise, Selah, Shaun, Danny Jr., and Chamika.
We can all smile knowing Edwin is up in heaven reunited with his brothers, John, Elam (Babe), Francis, Irvin (I.M.), and sister, Marguerite. I am certain they are engaged in a rousing game of poker.
Published in The Sacramento Bee on June 17, 2012