GIBSON, Julian

GIBSON WINSTON-SALEM Julian "Jevie" Gibson March 31, 1922-Feb. 17, 2015 Julian "Jevie" Gibson passed away February 17, 2015. Julian was born in Madison, North Carolina, March 31, 1922, to the late Robert Walker Gibson and Briney Lou Brim Gibson. He was, also, preceded in death by brothers , Hubert Gibson and Mike Gibson, and sisters, Lois McKinney and India Frazier, and step-son Brantly Brodt Braswell. When Mr. Gibson was seven years old, both parents had passed away. It was 1929, the height of the Depression, when he and three of his siblings came to live at the Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Methodist Children's Home. Although he worked hard on the farm while he was growing up, he often spoke fondly of his years, his friends, and the wonderful positive influence of the adults who worked with the 400 children who lived there. He played on the varsity football, baseball, and basketball teams. A football injury forced him to miss a semester of high school; therefore he graduated from R. J. Reynolds High School in January, 1942. He worked at the Children's Home as house parent for young boys until May of that year, when he went to work in the Newport News Ship Building and Drydock Company in Virginia. January 6, 1943, Mr. Gibson entered the U. S. Naval Air Corps, and in October, 1943, he married Louise Fowler. He trained at the University of Virginia, Roanoke College, the University of North Carolina, and other facilities to later become a fighter pilot in the Pacific Theater aboard the USS Cabot Aircraft Carrier. He remained in the US Naval Air Corps for three years and eight months and attained the rank of Lt. jg. After WWII he was honorably discharged, and he entered Lenoir Rhyne College on a football scholarship. He, his wife, and daughter lived in the GI Barracks, and he worked at the Hickory Stockyards, did yardwork for the Moretz family, and hung street decorations for Christmas in several North Carolina towns. He later earned an MA and Sixth Year Degrees in Educational Administration at UNCG. Mr. Gibson is survived by his wife of 30 years, Nancy Turner Braswell Gibson, sons Robert (Patsy) of Durham, NC, and Richard (Nancy) of Greensboro, NC, a daughter, Pat Addison of Winston-Salem; stepdaughters, Beverly Bras-well Applestone of Smyrna, Ga., and Shelly Whittington of Winston-Salem, daughter-in-law, Beth Braswell; grandsons, Beau (Dawn) Gilleland and Patrick (Jenny) Addison; granddaughters, Jennifer, Kerry, and Julia Gibson; step-grandchildren, Brandon, Carter, and Courtney Whitt-ington, Brantly and Davis Braswell, Austin and Ansley Applestone, Jessica Potts (Devin), Jim (Shan) and Mike Addison, and Jill (Joseph) Kilby; and great grandchildren, Quinn and Caroline Gilleland, Alexa Nigriny, and Savannah Addison. Julian was present on October 3, 1930, on the opening day of Centenary United Methodist Church, where he remained active until his later years. Julian began his career as a biology teacher and coach at Mineral Springs High School in 1949. He became principal at the grades 1-12 South Fork School in1951, and he moved to the principalship of Northwest High School in 1955. In 1963 he opened North Forsyth High School, where he served as principal until he retired in 1984. Mr. Gibson was an expert gardener and an avid golfer, who continued to shoot under his age late in life. In 2002, he was honored to have an elementary school (located in the community where he served for 30 years) named Julian Gibson Elementary School. A private graveside service will be held on February 22, 2015, at Forsyth Memorial Gardens. A Service to celebrate his life will be held at Centenary United Methodist Church on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at 2:00p.m. Visitation and a reception will follow in the church Fellowship Hall. In lieu of flowers Memorials may be made in Mr. Gibson's honor to the American Cancer Society, 1900 S. Hawthorne Rd., 27103; the Methodist Children's Home, 1001 Reynolda Road, 27104, or the donor's choice. The family wishes to express appreciation to Dr. Richard Lord and physicians at the Family Practice Unit at North Carolina Baptist Hospital, Neurologist, Dr. Lucy Lauve; Urologist, Dr. O. J. Hart, Jr.; the care given by the personnel at Hospice; the Veteran's administration; the caregivers through Right At Home Agency; and private caregivers, all of whom contributed the excellent care that he received. Online condolences may be made through www.salemfh. com

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