Lester G. Gibson

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Retired U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Lester G. Gibson, 62, of Kingston, passed away Tuesday, March 20, 2012, in University of Tennessee Medical Center, Knoxville.

He was born March 16, 1950, in Rockwood, to Arnold Franklin Gibson and Ella Katherine Whittier Gibson. He was a retired staff sergeant with the U.S. Army, serving on active duty in the Vietnam War, Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm. He was also a retired police officer with the Tennessee Valley Authority, a former police officer with Kingston Police Department and a former fire chief with Kingston Fire Department. He was also formerly employed at FedEx. He was a Master Mason with Union Lodge 38 F&AM in Kingston, a Shriner with the Kerbela Shrine in Knoxville and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4782 in Rockwood.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Emily Gene Gibson; a brother, Jack Gibson, Rockwood; and two sisters, Ola Rowley, Spring City, and Ruby Gallardo, Cape Coral, Fla.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Amy Stinnett-Capra and Chris Capra, Knoxville; a son and daughter-in-law, Nathan and Hali Gibson, Kingston; three grandchildren, Chris Stinnett, Kingston, Kaitlyn Stinnett, Knoxville, and Brylee Gibson, Kingston; four brothers, Willard Gibson, Lake City, Fla., Dennis Gibson and wife Patty, Rockwood, Rolland Gibson and wife Beverly, Rockwood, and Tommy Gibson, Chicago; two sisters, Etta Mae Proffitt and husband Kelly, Rockwood, and Jacqueline Myers, Missouri; mother of his children, Geneva Gibson, Kingston; a special friend, Lois Bryant, Whitesburg, Tenn.; several nieces and nephews.

Masonic services were at 8 p.m. Friday, March 23, in Evans Mortuary chapel, Rockwood, by Union Lodge 38, F&AM, and Rockwood Lodge 403, F&AM. Funeral services followed in the chapel, with Dr. Clarence Sexton officiating. Graveside services and burial were at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at Kingston Memorial Gardens, Kingston, with Dr. Tommy Sexton officiating. Full military honors were given by the Tennessee Army National Guard. Members from Kingston Police Department and Kingston Fire Department served as honorary pallbearers. The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 23, in Evans Mortuary.

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