Mr. Kelly Gibson, age 80, of Johnson City, passed away Wednesday, December 19, 2012, at his residence. Mr. Gibson was a native of Greeneville, TN. He was the son of the late Kelly Thomas Gibson, Sr. and Margaret McAmis Gibson. Mr. Gibson proudly served his country in two tours in Vietnam in the U.S. Army. He retired from the U.S. Army as Sergeant First Class. He was owner and operator of the Task Force Courier Service for twelve years. He was a member of the Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church. He was a 32nd Degree Mason. Survivors include his loving wife of fifty-eight years, Nancy Beatrice Gibson of the home; two daughters, Ginger Medlock and her husband Steve of Gray and Connie Marie Spence and her husband Hugh of Dallas, Texas; one brother, William McAmis Gibson; two grandchildren, Chandler Spence of Dallas and Elizabeth Spence of Dallas; several nieces and nephews. The funeral service for Mr. Kelly Gibson will be conducted at 10 AM Friday December 21, 2012, in the Morris-Baker North Chapel. Rev. Michael Lester and Rev. David Lovelace will officiate. The graveside committal service will follow in the Mountain Home National Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be nephews. The Boone Dam Post # 4933 and the Tennessee National Guard will accord military honors. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 PM Thursday, December 20, 2012 in the Morris-Baker North Chapel. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Ronald McDonald House Charities, 418 North State of Franklin, Johnson City, Tn. 37604 or the Salvation Army Ministry, 200 Ashe Street, Johnson City, Tn. 37601.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Nancy, I am so sorry for your loss. Kelly was a good man and a good friend. We had some great conversations at the bank! One thing that was always obvious is how very much he loved you, his girls, and those grandchildren. He was so proud of Chandler and Elizabeth. I am praying for each of you. Love, Jan

  2. Anonymous says:

    I had the pleasure of knowing Kelly Gibson (Or “First Sergeant Gibon” as I like to refer to him) while I worked with his daughter, Ginger, for several years. Only a previous commitment to attend a funeral on the same day in Nevada prevented me from being there today. I made a habit of trying to see he and Nancy when I was back in the Johnson City area…but I also made it a practice to call him every Veterans’ Day and most Memorial Days to thank him for his service. In one of our conversations about his military career, I mentioned that I knew he had seen some pretty terrible things on his Viet Nam tours. He got very somber and had a far-away look…and his eyes grew watery, and he said “Yeah, Dick…I do.” And after a pause he turned to me with those piercing blue eyes and said “But I’d do it again.” THAT is a hero. I think of him every Christmas when someone reads or forwards that story that describes the “sentry” – the soldier who spends his Christmas Eve on guard duty…keeping all of the rest of us safe. I shall miss my conversations with First Sergeant Kelly Gibson. I will miss my annual call on Veteran’s Day (he always began the conversation by saying “I wondered if you were going to call”, and I will remember him especially on Memorial Day. “For him who shall have borne the battle.” A hero is gone….

  3. Anonymous says:

    Praying that the peace and love of God will surround you and your family during this time. We loved Mr. Kelly and will miss seeing him. We would like to thank him for serving our country. His smile would brighten our day. Everyone @ the Endoscopy Center Of Bristol.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I was wanting visit yaw so bad. It has been 23 yrs since saw yaw. When I left Grandfather Home. Yaw were so nice to me, and helped me so much. Hope to hear from you by email.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Nancy so sorry here this. I love you and Kelly alot. Yaw have helped me alot in my life.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I just read the story I posted last year. I still feel the same, but really missed him on Veteran’s Day.

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