Funeral services for Vernon V. Gibbs will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Thursday, July 8, 2010 at Newton County Funeral Home – South Chapel with Dr. Malcolm Lewis, Rev. Steve Robinson, and Rev. Ed Saunders officiating. Burial will be in Pine Bluff Cemetery. Newton County Funeral Home South, 100 Old Highway 15 Loop, Newton, is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Gibbs, 84 of Newton, MS, died Monday, July 5, 2010 at Anderson Regional Medical Center. Mr. Gibbs loved hunting, fishing, traveling, and spending time with his family. He was also an avid story teller. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, and in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War. He received numerous medals for his service to his country including the Bronze Star and the French Legion Medal of Honor, who among recipients were President Dwight D. Eisenhower, General George Patton, and David Petraeus. The French Legion Medal of Honor was establshed in 1802 by Napoleon Bonapart, which he received in January of this year, presented to him by Larry Wert, a representative of U.S. Congressman Gregg Harper's office. Records and documentation of this presentation will be recorded in the U.S. Library of Congress. He was a member of the American Legion, Post # 89, in Decatur, and the Disabled American Veterans. He was a member of Pine Bluff Baptist Church.
Survivors Include his wife: Kathleen C. Gibbs of Newton; his daughters: Veronica G. (Johnny) Gaines of Lawrence; and Deborah G. (Jerry) Parker of Newton; his grandchildren: Julie (Darvol) Hart of Richmond, TX; Jill (Shaun) Hines of Lake; Cathy (Tony) Wellerman of Lawrence; his step-daughters: Coleen C. (Johnny) Stevens and Cheryl Caldwell, both of Newton; his step grandchildren: Brittany (Chris) Gryner of Meriidan; and Brian (Vaneesa) Stevens of Lake; his great-grandchlidren: Trevor Wellerman, Bethany Wellerman,Daniel Hines, Logan Hines, Darvol Hart, III, and Rye Hart; his step-great-grand-daughter: Alexa Gryner;
He was preceded in death by his parents: Ozro Clifton & Ina Maude Dearing Gibbs; and his wife: Marjorie Cocksedge Gibbs
Pallbearers will be members of the U.S. Airforce.
Honorary Pallbearers will be The American Legion Post #89 Members and The Poor Boy Hunting Club, which Mr. Gibbs was the founder in July 1975; Bill Hand, a special friend of Mr. Vernon; Bryon Sneed, World War II Army Buddy; Robert Gibbs, Harold Shelby, Ken Richardson, Tim Richardson, Curtis Wheeler, Bo Maske, R.C. Phillips, Bill Eldridge, and Ricky Gibbs.
In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M. Wednesday, July 7, 2010 at the funeral home.