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John Vernon Morice 'Jack' Gibson

Memphis, TN

John Vernon Morice (Jack) Gibson, 80, of Memphis, died March 24, 2018, after a long struggle with cancer. He was preceded in death by his parents Robert Fisher Gibson, Jr., former Episcopal Bishop of the Diocese of Virginia, and Alison Morice Gibson, and by his wife, Lydia Abell Gibson.

Jack is survived by his son, Jonathan Goldsborough Gibson of Snohomish, WA, his daughter, Nellie Frederica Gibson Casey of Antananarivo, Madagascar, and four grandchildren, Andrew Morice Gibson and Morgan Elaine Gibson of Snohomish, and Brenna Casey and Erin Blue Casey of Antananarivo. He is also survived by brothers Robert Fisher Gibson III of Chestertown, MD and Peter McKenney Gibson of Washington, DC, his sister, Margaret Alison Gibson of Santa Cruz, CA, and stepchildren Peter Dillon Abell of Memphis, Rosie Abell Vicente of Santiago Chile, and Jessica Lee Abell of Denver, CO.

Jack graduated from the Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Virginia, the University of Virginia, with a degree in Romance Languages, and Cornell University, with a Master's degree in Regional Planning. He spent two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Colombia, followed by planning positions in Fairfax County, VA, Lancaster, PA, and Memphis, where he was Chief of the Long Range Planning Division. Jack later taught City Planning at the University of Memphis, where he was instrumental in getting the graduate program certified, and at Florida State University. Jack was especially proud of his role in the assisting the Citizens to Preserve Overton Park to block I-40 from running through the park. Jack wrote the technical brief showing there were "feasible and prudent" alternative routes for I-40 in the case of CPOP v. Volpe, which went to the Supreme Court.

Jack was active in economic development projects in Memphis, and he took particular pride in helping to revitalize Beale Street as Incorporator and founding Chair of the Beale Street Development Corporation in 1973. He also founded Allied Business Brokers, which he owned and operated for 25 years. In retirement Jack worked as a business appraiser and Business Counselor for SCORE.

Since the days of his newspaper route in Sewanee when he backed Harry Truman for President, Jack was involved in politics, including 3 years as Chair of the Shelby County Democratic Party. A life-long Episcopalian, Jack served five terms as Vestryperson, and was a Lay Reader, Senior Warden, and Eucharistic Visitor. In his community life Jack chaired the Salvation Army Board, organized Salvation Army Bell Ringers, was President of Big Brothers and Big Sisters, President of the Economic Club of Memphis, and Chair of Trezevant Manor.

Jack greatly enjoyed his tennis, his crossword puzzles, and the Baguette Brothers Bible Study Group, but most especially he loved his family's summer camp in the Adirondacks.

Memorial services will be held at Calvary Episcopal Church on Saturday, April 7 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, Mr. Gibson requested that memorials be sent to Calvary, the Salvation Army, or a .
Published in The Commercial Appeal on Mar. 27, 2018
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