In Memory

Joel Gibson

Joel Gibson

William Gibson Sr. Obituary

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WILMINGTON - William Joel Gibson Sr., 74, passed away Jan. 13, 2014, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

He was born in Gastonia, NC, on July 1, 1939, son of the late William Tanner Gibson and Addie Truett Gibson.

Mr. Gibson played baseball and basketball at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and was a member of the UNC-W Athletic Hall of Fame. He also played baseball at North Carolina State University. Professionally, he played baseball in the 1960s with the Philadelphia Phillies and the Chicago White Sox. He was a member of the Major League Baseball Players Association. Mr. Gibson retired from Piedmont (USAirways) Airlines with over twenty-five years of service. He was a member of Masonboro Baptist Church, enjoyed fishing, and was a very active golfer at courses in Wilmington and the surrounding area. After retiring, he enjoyed driving a courtesy van for the Bob King Automobile Dealership.

Mr. Gibson is survived by his wife of 52 years, Gail Traister Gibson; three children, William Joel "Joby" Gibson, Jr., Suzanne Gibson Danford, and Paige Gibson Highfill and husband Tyler Wayne Highfill; six grandchildren, Kendall Reece Danford, Kayla Nicole Danford, Richard Tanner Gibson, Trevor Joel Gibson, Benjamin Robert Highfill, and Samuel Owen Highfill; also two sisters, Jenelle Faulkner and Marlene Conner and husband, Samuel.

Siblings preceding him in death were Colleen Martin, Richard Gibson, and Freddie Gibson.

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, at Andrews Mortuary Valley Chapel, 4108 South College Road, Wil-mington.

A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Friday at Masonboro Baptist Church, 1501 Beasley Road, Wilmington, with Dr. Gordon Wright officiat-ing.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Masonboro Baptist Church Audio-Visual Fund.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Andrews Valley Chapel Service.

Published in Gaston Gazette on Jan. 16, 2014