We remember the life, death and legacy of Maurice Theodore Gibson. Maurice died suddenly and unexpectedly on June 8, 2012 at his residence in Brandon, Florida. God came in the blink of an eye and released him from his earthly cares and took him to his heavenly home.
Maurice was born in Asheville, North Carolina on December 28, 1941 just days after Pearl Harbor. He was the son of the late Jessie Murphy Gibson and Theodore R. Gibson. He leaves behind to cherish his memory one sister, Shirley Gibson McKinney of Thomasville, North Carolina and two brothers, Gary Gibson of Asheville, North Carolina and Coy Gibson of Knoxville, Tennessee.
He graduated from Clyde A. Erwin High School in Asheville then entered the United States Air Force. He graduated from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City earning degrees in journalism and English. His exposure to travel in the military planted the seed for a life of travel, both as a business executive as well as for pleasure. He lived in Houston, El Paso, Dallas, Hawaii, San Francisco and Miami to name a few. He held senior management positions with such prestigious firms as Tri-State Wholesale Associated Grocers, Saudi Aramco, SYSCO Corp./Scrivner, Inc. and McLane Company. He later settled in Tampa, Florida with H.T. Hackney Corp., serving as their purchasing executive for 18 years. He retired in 2011 after a remarkable career in the wholesale grocery industry. His work ethic can be compared to none. He was very methodical and cared more for the quality of the work rather than the time invested in it. He was an invaluable asset to his profession and a source of immense joy to his family. He will be remembered as an accomplished man with Hollywood good looks, charisma, finesse, yet always private, warm, ingeniously witty and most of all humble.
At home Maurice was affectionately referred to as "Monny" by his father, mother, and sister. Monny provided his parents with so much humor and playfulness that lessened their heavy responsibilities. He was a source of companionship and adventure to his brothers. His much younger little sister adored him and held him in high esteem. He proved to be a steady dependable role model to her until the end. His colleagues, co-workers and staff benefited from his quiet leadership and competence for many years.
Even though he had no biological children, his sister, nieces, nephews and other various children were drawn to him like magnets. His charm, generosity, and soft witty spirit never disappointed them.
In lieu of flowers donations are requested to be sent to World Wildlife Federation by calling 1-800-960-0933.
Donations can also be sent to Fairgrove Family Resource Center, 159 Myrtle Drive, Thomasville, North Carolina 27360 (336) 472–7217.
Condolences/gift acknowledgments to be sent to Shirley Gibson McKinney, 207 Quail Lane Thomasville NC 27360 (336) 472-1002 / firstname.lastname@example.org