January 25, 1947 – January 18, 2016
Virginia Irene Gibson, age 68, of Seymour, passed away Monday, January 18, 2016. Irene was a member of Gists Creek Baptist Church. She was a dedicated employee of the dietary department at Fort Sanders Sevier Medical Center for 25 years. After her health prevented her from continuing her service to the patients at the hospital, she became more actively involved in the planning of the home canning department at the Sevier County Fair. Irene loved spending time with her family, especially her two great –grandsons. She was involved in the Sevier County Fair Association for many years and directed the home canning department. Irene loved to can fruits and vegetables, and took pride in her knowledge and presenting her items at the Sevier County Fair. 2 Timothy 4:7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Family and friends who knew Irene, knew what a fighter she was. She had battled various types of cancer for almost 30 years. She was the fifth person to receive a stem cell transplant in East TN. Irene fought a long difficult battle, but early Monday morning her body was healed as she entered peacefully into the arms of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The family would like to express their thanks to the compassionate caring doctors and staff at LeConte Medical Center. A special thank you to those family and friends who provided unsurpassed emotional, physical, and most importantly spiritual support during the last few days. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the family to help with funeral expenses.
Irene was preceded in death by her brothers, Boyd, Don, and Dwight Leatherwood. father and mother in law, Lloyd and Mayme Gibson, brothers-in-law, Sam Gibson and Kenneth Grayson.
Survivors: Husband of 52 years, Lee Roy Gibson
Sons and daughter in-law: Donald and Katie Gibson
Grandchildren: Ashlee and Brad Rader, Whitnee and Blake Galyon, great-grandchildren: Hayden Rader and Rylee Galyon.
Brothers and sisters-in-law: J B and Sue Leatherwood, Clay and Charlene Leatherwood, Marjorie Leatherwood
Sisters and brothers-in-law: Marie and David Eslinger, Glenda and David Ogle, Ann and Andy King
Brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Robert and Brenda Gibson, Tom and Jane Gibson, Joyce and Carl Watson, Danny Gibson, Alice Grayson, and Ann Leighty.
Extended family members: A host of nieces and nephews, special friends: Peggy Sallee, Linda Moore, Brant and Darren Runyan
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the family to help with funeral expenses.
Memorial service 7 PM Friday at Gists Creek Baptist Church with Rev. Dallas Moore and Rev. Bill Stephens officiating. The family will receive friend 5-7 PM Friday at Gists Creek Baptist Church. Cremation arrangements by Atchley Funeral Home, Seymour. (Www.atchleyfuneralhome.com)