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“Frank touched everyone he met with his smile and his guitar. It was a pleasure to have known him. RIP my friend ”
1 of 19 | Posted by: John L Greer - Quinlan, TX

“Susie,Most of us in the Texas SAR were not aware of Frank's passing until yesterday. Frank was an excellent state president of SAR. I enjoyed...Read More »
2 of 19 | Posted by: Ed Butler - San Antonio, TX

“Our immediate families were distanced by miles and years ago a road trip from Houston to Austin was a major event. As a kid, I remember one family...Read More »
3 of 19 | Posted by: James Gibson - TX - Cousin

“Very sorry to hear my good friend, Frank, has died. I missed the obit in the paper or would have written sooner. Condolences to the family. Marshall...Read More »
4 of 19 | Posted by: Marshall E. Kuykendall Driftwood

“Susie, Julie, Teri, and Janie: I am sorry for your loss, you have my deepest sympathy. I will forever remember the fun & laughter we had. Love to...Read More »
5 of 19 | Posted by: Margey Maroney Harrison - Austin, TX

“Frank Gibson was a true friend with whom I had a wonderful friendship at Austin High School, both of us graduating in 1948. We were both singers in...Read More »
6 of 19 | Posted by: Moses A. Aleman - McKinney, TX

“a small ray of light at this sad time. ”
7 of 19 | Posted by: Suzanne Barth - Austin, TX

“Frank was a wonderful friendly man who was most accomplished. He will be greatly missed. ”
8 of 19 | Posted by: Suzanne Barth - Austin, TX

“susie, harvey and i are so sorry for you loss, and want you to know we are so happy to have known frank from our austin high school days. i know he...Read More »
9 of 19 | Posted by: harvey and nita bouldin - austin

“The board and members of KMFA would like to express their appreciation for all that Frank meant to us in his many years of service to KMFA as its...Read More »
10 of 19 | Posted by: Paul Leche

“To the Gibson Girls -It is so hard to say good-bye to your Frank... he was such a special person in God's eyes and everyone else whose life he...Read More »
11 of 19 | Posted by: B.J. Derton-Melvin - Austin, TX

“Janie, I am so incredibly sorry to hear about the loss of your sweet daddy. I know you will miss him more than any words can explain. The incredibly...Read More »
12 of 19 | Posted by: Julie Smith - Plano, TX - Friend

“Frank was a good neighbor and always a lot of fun at neighborhood gatherings. He was a smart and friendly man. Sorry he is gone. ”
13 of 19 | Posted by: John & Mimi Deaton - Austin, TX

“to Susie, Julie, Terri, and Janie, I am so sorry for your loss I will miss him as I miss my father. I remember loving hearing my dad and Frank play...Read More »
14 of 19 | Posted by: Janet Baker - Austin, TX - friend

“Frank Gibson was a good, good man, and consummate professional. I knew him by his fine reputation for years before meeting him. I was standing in a...Read More »
15 of 19 | Posted by: Jeff Heard - Austin, TX - Friend

“Frank was one of the greatest men I have known. He was my friend and mentor. I told Frank once that my trying to live a life like Jesus Christ was...Read More »
16 of 19 | Posted by: Frank Melvin - Round Rock, TX

“Susie, I'm so sorry for your huge loss. My mom loved and admired both of you, and spoke of you both so often. Gail Dalrymple ”
17 of 19 | Posted by: Gail Dalrymple - Austin, TX

“Frank, you organically grown, genuine original, guitar pickin' Austinite!! How are we to go on without you shining the way !?! But we must, it is...Read More »
18 of 19 | Posted by: Karen Winget - Liberty Hill, TX

“Susan,You have my sincere condolences. It was a pleasure meeting Frank during our planning sessions a few years ago. If you need anything, please...Read More »
19 of 19 | Posted by: Michael Coley - Austin, TX


Lifelong Austinite, Frank Atwood Gibson, died peacefully at his home on Feb. 5, 2014. He was 83. Frank was born in Austin in 1930, the only son of James Polk and Jesse Lee Gibson. He was a graduate of Austin High School and the University of Texas where he was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity.

In the summer of 1952 Frank married his former high school classmate, Susan (Susie) McBride. He often said that marrying Susie was the best decision of his life. Throughout their 61+ years of marriage Frank and Susie brought out the best in each other through unwavering love and devotion, mutual respect, sense of humor and shared faith. This was the foundation upon which they raised their three daughters, built their careers, and served their communities so well.

Frank enjoyed a long and successful career as a CPA. He became a partner with Wade Barton & Marsh in 1965. With his mantra, "Debits to the left, credits to the right, Wade Barton & Marsh fight fight fight," offering proof that even accountants have a sense of humor. In 1972, Frank and his good friend Morris Johnson formed Gibson Johnson & Co. which became the largest local accounting firm at the time. In the mid-1980's he went into partnership with CPA, Frank Melvin until retiring in 1992. Frank often said that he could remember what he had for lunch 30 years ago, but he had a hard time remembering the IRS tax code. He always had a good perspective on life.

Frank was a longtime active member of Covenant Presbyterian Church, at various times singing in the choir, serving as elder, deacon and other duties. Frank served as president of West Austin Rotary club and as treasurer on the board of KMFA radio station for 20 years. A proud member of the Sons of the American Revolution, Frank served as president of the local and statewide organizations.

Frank loved music, particularly classical and folk music. He had a rich tenor voice and was often asked to sing and play guitar for worship services. During his retirement he found a way to combine his love of history and music by recording and performing musical programs featuring songs of the American Revolution, the Civil War and the Republic of Texas.

Frank was a passionate man. He was friendly and outgoing with a strong handshake and an even stronger bear hug. He was a talker, but he was a listener, too with a genuine interest in people. Frank was a lifelong learner, an avid reader, history buff and genealogist. He was fascinated with computers and technology long before iPads came along. But most importantly, Frank was pure of heart. He lived his life with integrity, honesty and faith.

Frank is survived by his loving wife, Susan McBride Gibson, daughters Julie Lawhon and husband Steve of Dallas, Terri Gibson, and Jane Gibson of Austin; grandchildren Dustin Doering of Austin, Beth Bowers of Dallas, Kevin Bowers and wife Jamie of Houston, Sarah Hammond and husband Jake of Windsor, CO, Allyson Doering of Greeley, CO; and 3 great grandchildren. Frank was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Denise Gibson.

The Gibson family would like to extend special thanks to all of the respite group volunteers of The Gathering at Westlake Presbyterian Church, and Circle of Friends at Congregation Beth Israel for their loving care.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3003 Northland Dr. followed by a reception in the fellowship hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3003 Northland Dr. Austin, TX 78757 and/or Hospice Austin 4107 Spicewood Springs Rd. Ste 100, Austin, TX 78759.