James Delbert (Del) Gibson, October 16, 1942~August 4, 2014


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James Delbert (Del) Gibson, 71, of West Fork died Monday, August 4, 2014 at Willard Walker Hospice Home in Fayetteville.  He was born October 16, 1942 in Fayetteville to James McFarland and Katherine Fannie Tisdale Gibson.

Del graduated from Fayetteville High School in 1960.  He and Juanita Prater were married July 1, 1961 and just celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary.  Del worked for Ozarks Electric for 38 years, retiring in 2000.  He was a former member of the Fayetteville Jaycees, served in the Army National Guard and was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.  He was an avid outdoorsman, a devoted husband and a loving father.  His family meant everything to him.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Raymond James Gibson; sister, Katherine Louella Gibson Hinkle.

Del is survived by his wife, Juanita Gibson of the home;  daughters, Pam Stockland and husband Tom and Kim Wray and husband Scott; grandsons, Bart and Brett Stockland; granddaughters, Megan and Sarah Kate Wray, all of Fayetteville; brothers, Larry Gibson of Rogers and Carrel Powell of Prescott, AZ.; sisters, Laverne Schaeffer of Lockney, TX. and Peggy Solomon of Maumelle, AR.; several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 5:30-7:00 P.M. on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at Beard’s Chapel.

Funeral services will be at 2:00 P.M. on Thursday, August 7, 2014 at Central United Methodist Church in Fayetteville with Pastor Harris Sonnenberg officiating.  A reception will follow at the church.  A private burial will follow for family at Fairview Memorial Gardens Cemetery under the direction of Beard’s Chapel.

Pallbearers will be Bart Stockland, Brett Stockland, Jim Stockland, Kit Stocker, Victor Lee, Ken Young and Chad Thomas.  Honorary pallbearers will be Dick Stockland, Buddy Wray and Sam Anderson.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, Washington Regional Hospice and Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.

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    Judith & R L Gray » 04. Aug, 2014

    Pam & Tom
    We are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you at this difficult time.

    Karolyn Davenport » 05. Aug, 2014

    Dear Juanita and family,
    Larry and I were so sorry to hear of Delbert’s passing. Please accept our deepest sympathies.

    Larry and Karolyn Davenport(classmates at FHS-1960)

    Janice Morris Cotton » 05. Aug, 2014

    Sorry to hear about Delbert. We went to school together many years ago. May God comfort and give your family peace during this hard time.

    Janice and Bill Cotton

    Terry Box » 05. Aug, 2014

    We were so sorry to hear about Del. I’ve only known him as a dental patient, but for over twenty years. He was always so pleasant to visit with and I know he surely blessed his family and will be missed.

    George Atherton » 05. Aug, 2014

    What a great guy, whom I always considered to be a friend. I can honestly never remember a single negative interaction, as he was always so friendly, upbeat, and supportive. I will greatly miss seeing him at future reunions.
    Condolences and kindest regards to the family. I know that all of these years together have been wonderful and conducive to innumerable positive memories.
    Kindest regards,
    George (Bert) Atherton
    FHS Class of 1960

    Gerald Daily » 06. Aug, 2014

    May God give you peace,comfort,and fill your minds with hope and confidence in the midst of changes and challenges.My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Gerald Daily
    Joplin Mo.

    Jean & Lu Indorf » 06. Aug, 2014

    Juanita & Family,
    It as been our pleasure to know you & Del ever since Tom & Pam were married. He was a great person and always had a smile and kind word even when he felt less than tip top. We want you to know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Will not be able to to be at the service tomorrow as have some minor surgery scheduled. Take care of yourself.
    God Bless you all!
    Jean & Lu

    Tisha Brooks Boscia » 07. Aug, 2014

    Juanita and family,
    I am sorry to hear about Delbert. What a fine man and heaven got alot sweeter when he walked in. May God graciously wrap His loving arms around each of you. My prayers are with you during this time.

    Tisha Brooks Boscia