Donald Ray Gibson, Sr.June 11, 1955 ~ December 27, 2020 (age 65)
Deacon Donald Ray Gibson, Sr. was born on June 11, 1955, in Monroe, Louisiana to the late Bobbie Jean Oliver Gibson and James Gibson. His life was transformed from the physical to the spiritual peacefully on Sunday, December 27, 2020 at his home.
He confessed and accepted Christ at an early age. He went to church and school in Rockford, Illinois. Upon returning back to his hometown in Monroe, Louisiana, he joined Bethel Baptist Church. He later joined and was baptized at the Greater Free Gift Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Bishop Rodney McFarland, I, where he served as a faithful member and deacon until he became ill.
“Duck,” as everybody called him, was a devoted husband, loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was a God-fearing man, who loved his family and all held him in the highest regard and loved him dearly. He loved the outdoors, and his favorite pastime was going fishing and working on automobiles.
He joined the United States Army where he served for six years. He worked for The City of Monroe until his retirement.
On February 24, 1973, Donald, Sr. married Minnie L. Robinson, where they remained devoted until his passing.
Donald, Sr. was preceded in death by his mother, Bobbie Jean Oliver Gibson; father, James Gibson, Sr; oldest brother, Robert Gibson; and sisters, Mada Marie Gibson and Sarah Bias.
He leaves to cherish his memories: a devoted wife, Minnie L. Gibson; three daughters, LaSondra Gibson, Tashanna (Derrick) "Coonie" Gibson, and Bobbie “Jelena” Gibson; one son, Donald “Shug” Gibson, Jr.; ten grandchildren, Tameka, Anthony, Ronkea, Qunderrick, Lanechia, Taqueshia, Derionna, Davion, O’Mari, and Da’Mari; five great-grandchildren, Deandre, Cadence, Josiah, Kendyn, and KJ; five brothers, Willie James (Creola), Gregory (Sandra), John Henry (Barbara), Kevin, and James, Jr. of Wayne, Michigan; four sisters, Mary Ann Gibson, Anita Oliver (whom he help raised as his own), Delores Oliver, and Zavette Gibson-Hughes (Monick) of Detroit, Michigan; mother, Zenobia Gibson of Farmington Hill, Michigan; God-son, Steven Jackson, two nephews whom he help raised as his own, Michael Robinson and LaRance Thomas; brothers-in-law, Dennis Ray Bonner, Earnest Thomas, and Willie Green (the late Bernice Robinson Green); sister-in-law, Ruby Gray, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.