Master Sgt. George H. Gibbs, 77, of the Dysartsville community, died Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, at his home.

Another soldier has been called by the High Command and has now enrolled in that great spirit army, whose footfalls cause no sound, but in our memory their soul goes marching on. Proudly we remember their service in time of war, because of them our lives are free, because of them our nation lives.

George was born in Eatonton, Ga, Feb. 8, 1940, the son of Roy H. Gibbs and Agnes Barker Gibbs. He served his country faithfully for over 20 years in the U.S. Army and lived his life utterly committed to the "military way" in all of his actions and deeds. His interest in the military may have been piqued early in his life because his mother was a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army during World War I.

A lifelong learner, George had many and diverse interests. From obtaining his pilot's license and being able to fly anything from seaplanes to multi-engine aircraft, to learning the many facets of ham radio operation, he would completely immerse himself in each new venture with a desire to master it. He also loved the simplicity of puttering around in his garden or pursuing his family's history through genealogical research. George was also a member of the Loyal Order of Moose and was a Free and Accepted Mason. His loved ones never doubted the sincerity of his affection for them and those who knew and loved this man will miss him very much.

George leaves behind his former wife of 22 years, Loretta Fish Gibbs of Dysartsville; five children, Hugh Gibbs and wife, Brandy of Tuscaloosa, Ala., Todd Gibbs and wife, Dr. Theresa Gibbs of Boone, Charlotte Frick and husband, Greg of The Colony, Texas, Kimberly Wilkes and husband Chris of Asheville, and Deanna Gibbs of Greece; 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A service of remembrance and celebration of his life will be held Saturday, Oct. 28, at 2 p.m., in the chapel of Westmoreland Funeral Home in Marion.

The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m., prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial, with full military rites, will follow in the cemetery of Drucilla Church in Dysartsville.

Memorials may be made to American Legion Post 56, P.O. Box 457, Marion, NC 28752. An online register is available at www.westmorelandfuneralhome.com.

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