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Michael Gibson

Obituary of Michael Glenn Gibson

On October 6, 1952, Pearl and Rufus Gibson welcomed their tenth baby. Michael Glenn Gibson, born at home, was a whopping 15 pounds and 14 ounces. Sixty-eight years and one day later, Michael left us sad sacks here and rejoined his parents. Michael grew up on a farm in Reydell, Arkansas. He had six brothers and three sisters. He is survived by Rose, Tim, Christine, and Lonnie. We're sure he’s reminiscing with his parents, David, Alvin, Ronnie, Josephine, and Guy about his childhood, the farm, his love of drumming. Of course, none of them are surprised by his stories. After all, you can’t keep secrets on a farm. The potatoes have eyes and the corn have ears. Michael wanted to see the world and so he enlisted in the United States Army as a military policeman. He kept up with his passion for drumming ironically as one day, while serving in Germany, he arrested the famed drumming energizer bunny. Michael explained later he was “charged with battery”. While serving in Germany, Michael discovered and honed a talent for the sport of boxing. He would later pass down his love of boxing by training with his son Adam. When asked if he boxed, “Sure, I box. I boxed lettuce. I boxed tomatoes.” Michael was an honorable Mason out of Glen Rose, Texas. He was a skilled welder who excelled in his trade and was known by many across the southern states. Some would argue that he was the best of the best. However, he found his true calling when he became a father with Darlene Greer. Michael was dedicated, supportive, and loving. He also was FINALLY able to tell his three children April, Laura, and Adam bonafide dad jokes, but none about retired folks. Those never worked. Later in life, he married Diana because just like the bee he had found his honey. So Michael became a step-dad to three more: John, Stephen, and Sarah. Michael and Diana had ten wonderful, laugh-filled years. He was a great dad, husband, brother, and friend. He loved crossword puzzles and made perfect pancakes. It's hard. Everything is. It's hard to explain Michael’s humor and kindness. It's hard to even remember it right now, there’s a heartache there that threatens to break us apart. However, remember him we must because he’s alive in our memory. We will do our best to make him proud, to live up to the standards of decency and goodness he lived by, and to tell every single story and corny joke of Michael’s because when we laugh, for a short moment, he is here again with us. So please, for Michael, don’t hold your corny jokes back. Embrace your dad-like tendencies and perform a miracle. Let Michael smile, laugh, and live through all of us. Beloved father, husband, brother, friend. Michael loved and was loved by so many. Memorial Service will be held outside at 2 pm on October 17, 2020, at Reydell Baptist Church, 21707 State Hwy 88, Altheimer, AR 72004.
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Memorial Service

2:00 pm
Saturday, October 17, 2020
Reydell Baptist Church
21707 State Hwy 88
Altheimer, Arkansas, United States