Ernest "Ray" Gibson

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FAIRBORN Ernest "Ray" Gibson, age 69 of Fairborn, went to ride horses with the Lord on Sunday April 14th, 2013. He was born March 27, 1944 in Elliott County, Kentucky, the son of Britt and Eva (Adkins) Gibson. He is preceded in death by his father. Survivors include his loving wife, Shirley (Hobbs) Gibson; one son, Ronnie and wife Lisa Gibson of Fairborn; two much loved grandsons, Steven and wife Jordan Gibson of North Carolina, Ryan Gibson of Fairborn; one precious great-granddaughter, Kaytee Grace Gibson of North Carolina; his mother, Eva of Sandy Hook, Ky; one brother, Wayne Gibson of Medway; three sisters, Carolyn and husband Cecil Bentley of Sandy Hook, Ky, Betty and husband Bill Barker of New Carlisle, Wilma Litton of Sandy Hook, Ky; one sister-in-law, Debbie Steinfeldt of Waxahachie, Tx; and a host of relatives and friends who will sadly miss him. Ray served his country in the United States Army and was employed for Leo B. Schroeder, retiring from Carpenters Union Local 104. He was an avid horseman who loved camping, trail riding with family and friends, old western movies, and his beautiful great-granddaughter. On behalf of the family, we would like to thank our special neighbors, Dan and Jennifer Gullett, Lloyd and Sue Robinson and son Daniel. Also the fine medical staff at Miami Valley Hospital with special thanks to Dr. Laurence Mieczkowski, Dr. Basel Yanis, and Rachel Perretta. Graveside services will be held for family and friends on Thursday April 18, 2013 at 12:30 PM in the Byron Cemetery, 3256 Trebein Rd., Fairborn, Pastor L.A. Willoughby officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 1311 Mamaroneck Ave., Suite 310, White Plains, NY 10605. Arrangements in care of Belton-Stroup Funeral Home, Fairborn. Condolences may be made to the family at