GIBSON, Frank Atwood|
Lifelong Austinite, Frank Atwood Gibson, died peacefully at his home on Feb. 5, 2014. He was 83. Frank was born in Austin in 1930, the only son of James Polk and Jesse Lee Gibson. He was a graduate of Austin High School and the University of Texas where he was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity.
In the summer of 1952 Frank married his former high school classmate, Susan (Susie) McBride. He often said that marrying Susie was the best decision of his life. Throughout their 61+ years of marriage Frank and Susie brought out the best in each other through unwavering love and devotion, mutual respect, sense of humor and shared faith. This was the foundation upon which they raised their three daughters, built their careers, and served their communities so well.
Frank enjoyed a long and successful career as a CPA. He became a partner with Wade Barton & Marsh in 1965. With his mantra, "Debits to the left, credits to the right, Wade Barton & Marsh fight fight fight," offering proof that even accountants have a sense of humor. In 1972, Frank and his good friend Morris Johnson formed Gibson Johnson & Co. which became the largest local accounting firm at the time. In the mid-1980's he went into partnership with CPA, Frank Melvin until retiring in 1992. Frank often said that he could remember what he had for lunch 30 years ago, but he had a hard time remembering the IRS tax code. He always had a good perspective on life.
Frank was a longtime active member of Covenant Presbyterian Church, at various times singing in the choir, serving as elder, deacon and other duties. Frank served as president of West Austin Rotary club and as treasurer on the board of KMFA radio station for 20 years. A proud member of the Sons of the American Revolution, Frank served as president of the local and statewide organizations.
Frank loved music, particularly classical and folk music. He had a rich tenor voice and was often asked to sing and play guitar for worship services. During his retirement he found a way to combine his love of history and music by recording and performing musical programs featuring songs of the American Revolution, the Civil War and the Republic of Texas.
Frank was a passionate man. He was friendly and outgoing with a strong handshake and an even stronger bear hug. He was a talker, but he was a listener, too with a genuine interest in people. Frank was a lifelong learner, an avid reader, history buff and genealogist. He was fascinated with computers and technology long before iPads came along. But most importantly, Frank was pure of heart. He lived his life with integrity, honesty and faith.
Frank is survived by his loving wife, Susan McBride Gibson, daughters Julie Lawhon and husband Steve of Dallas, Terri Gibson, and Jane Gibson of Austin; grandchildren Dustin Doering of Austin, Beth Bowers of Dallas, Kevin Bowers and wife Jamie of Houston, Sarah Hammond and husband Jake of Windsor, CO, Allyson Doering of Greeley, CO; and 3 great grandchildren. Frank was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Denise Gibson.
The Gibson family would like to extend special thanks to all of the respite group volunteers of The Gathering at Westlake Presbyterian Church, and Circle of Friends at Congregation Beth Israel for their loving care.
A memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3003 Northland Dr. followed by a reception in the fellowship hall.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3003 Northland Dr. Austin, TX 78757 and/or Hospice Austin 4107 Spicewood Springs Rd. Ste 100, Austin, TX 78759.
Obituary and memorial guestbook available online at www.wcfish.com.
Published in Austin American-Statesman from Feb. 12 to Feb. 13, 2014