Elder Chester C. Gibson

   Elder Chester C. Gibson was born in Colson, Kentucky
on July 2, 1926 to Charlie Gibson and Polly
Ann Sexton Gibson. He passed from this life at the
Hazard Appalachian Regional Medical Center on
December 3, 2004, making his stay here on earth 78 years, 5 months and 2 days.
He was preceded in death by children, Jewell Centers, Chester
Gibson, Jr., and Tammy Lynn; stepdaughter, Wilda Mae Huff; and
brother, Lester Gibson. He leaves to mourn his passing his wife, Lila
B. Gibson; sons, Willis and Margie Gibson, Eddy Gibson and Deborah
Moore, Earl Dean and Nadine Gibson, Roger and Elizabeth Gibson
and Jeff and Beth Gibson; daughters, Carolyn and Jackie Beavers,
Sharon and Harrison Mullins and Georgiena and Randolph Howell;
brothers, Doug and Von Gibson and Joe and Mary Gibson; sisters,
Reba and Henry Dennis, Symoline and Paul Anderson, Shirley Anderson,
Christine Sexton and Norma Jean Gibson; sister-in-law, Mary
Gibson; and 32 grandchildren, 35 great grandchildren and a host of
nieces and nephews.
     We know that Chester will be greatly missed here on earth but
we feel that our loss is Heaven’s gain.
     Seventy-eight years seems to some like a long time here and to
some a very short time, but on December 3rd about 7:45 that morning,
as we stood by his bed with tears in our eyes, we watched a life
we loved fade away.
     A simple man, he lived a simple life and worked at many different
jobs during his life. He worked as a coal miner, a deputy sheriff,
a factory worker, and a truck driver. He was also a veteran.
Many years ago he joined the church, a few years later he felt
called to preach. Many people have made remarks about his ability
to pray, and how his humble way of shaking hands touched them. I
remember that in his preaching there seemed to be a scripture that he
quoted almost every time he would preach, “go and I will go with
you, go warn them for Me whether they hear or forbear.” He also had
a song that he almost always sang, “I’m So Glad I’ve Got A Better
Place To Go.”
We feel that he has gone to see the place he sang about, preached
about, and told many, so many other people about.
The one we loved, who loved each one of us in our own way, the
one that loved us in his own way, has taken his final journey here. No
more pain, no more suffering, but now in a land where there is joy,
joy, joy.
     So sleep on for a little while, we pray we will meet you on that
resurrection day.