In Loving Memory

James “Jim” Gibson

June 12, 1939 - August 10, 2020

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James Lee “Jim” Gibson, 81, a native of Findlay, Ohio and a resident of Fairhope, Alabama, passed away peacefully at his home after a long battle with cancer and COPD.

Jim was a 1957 Graduate of Findlay High School in Findlay, OH.  He spent 22 years in the US Navy and attained the rank of Senior Chief.  While in the Navy, he attended and earned his degree at Pensacola Junior College.  He spent a good part of his Navy career on major aircraft carriers, including the Intrepid, which is now docked in the New York harbor.  While on the aircraft carriers, he was in charge of all the maintenance for the aircraft mechanics.  He spent four years in Japan working and teaching while he was in the Navy, as well as traveling to 19 countries while serving.

Jim went on to have a very successful career after the Navy. He became Chief Operations Manager for Cessna Business Jets in Wichita, Kansas, and then finally moving to Fairhope, Alabama to start up Rhor Industries.  Jim was an active member of the Masonic Temple, the American Legion, and the Fairhope Yacht Club.  In his spare time, he enjoyed photography with his wife, and was an amazing artist.  He loved sailing and fishing and spending time on the water.

He is preceded in death by his former wife of 46 years, Margretta Gibson; and his parents, Vivian Wilson Gibson, and Alvin Gibson.

Jim is survived by his loving wife of 12 years, Catherine Helen Gibson; three daughters, Kim Gibson of Fairhope, AL, Tamera Mues (Chris) of Arlington, TX and Kathy Daw  (Jay Farrell) of San Francisco, CA; two grandsons, James Mues (Nastaran) of Colorado and Fr. Kevin Mues of Shreveport, LA, one sister, Linda Treece (Bud) of Findlay, OH; his stepson,  Kenneth Cote (Barbara) along with several nieces, nephews and friends.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on  Thursday, August 20, 2020 at the Alabama State Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 34904 AL State Hwy 225, Spanish Fort, AL.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to the American Cancer Society, 1100 Ireland Way Ste 300, Birmingham, AL 35205 or at www.cancer.org or Comfort Care Hospice, 22502 US Highway 98, Fairhope, AL 36532.  Expressions of condolence may be offered at www.hughesfh.com.  Arrangements are by Hughes Funeral Home & Crematory, 26209 Pollard Rd., Daphne, AL  36526.

4 Comments

  1. Nancy Bill

    Jim Was my brother in law. He came into our family 12 years ago when he married my sister Kay. Jim was a good man who enjoyed so many of the same things my sister did and they were very much in love. Jim and I spent many hours together in his home in Alabama, my home in California and our family home in Vermont. We ate beneighs together at the Cafe Du Monte, we walked through Bellengrath Gardens, we toured New England and he spent Christmas with me in California. Jim loved our family and we loved him. We are grateful for the time we had together to sail, travel, look at beautiful Art work, eat fresh lobster on Kay’s 79 th birthday, Ride motorcycles through Vermont, and he was even there to help us bury our sister Linda. We love you Jim and you know that life will be sad for our sister Kay without you in it. We are so honored we got to know you. You are a blessing and will always be my brother in law. Nancy

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  2. Carol (Frantz) (Colburn) Benroth

    So sorry for your loss, Linda. I remember spending lots of time at your house when we were young Love you so much my heart goes out to you n Bud

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  3. Liz Capen

    Jim was such a great brother in law. Not to mention a great Navy Man. It’s such a small world. My Uncle John was on the same ship, Intrepid, when Jim was on. Amazingly I had the year book from the Navy that had both their pictures in it. Sadly, they have once again met. Thanks for the rides, drinks and laughs old man. Liz

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  4. Susan Stein

    Dear Kate and Kathy,
    I was so sorry to hear about Jim and that he suffered from cancer and COPD.
    Kate – we know each other through the Fairhope Yacht Club.
    Kathy – you and I both worked together back in “the day” at the Grand Hotel (I was Susan Hanks back then).
    My condolences and prayers are extended to you and your families.
    This is such a difficult time. With deepest sympathies, Susan Stein

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