George Murray Gibbs, 89 years of age, and retired minister of Christ Christian Church died Friday, March 10, 2017 of complications following a stroke.
He was born in Mansfield, Louisiana on August 8, 1927 to Jennings Bryan and Ada Gibbs. Shortly afterwards the family moved to Beaumont, Texas where he and his brother Jennings Bryan "J.B." (Deceased), and Charles Nelson lived until George left to join the Navy.
George began his university studies in Enid, Oklahoma at Phillips University where he received a Masters of Divinity after 8 years of study. At Phillips University, George met and married the "Love of his Life", Beth Irene Macy in 1951. He began his ministry as a student minister in churches in Northern, Oklahoma until his first call to serve as pastor of the Westside Christian Church in Duncan, Oklahoma. The next move was to Frederick, Oklahoma where he was pastor of the First Christian Church. George returned to Texas as minister of Brookhollow Christian Church in Abilene, Texas. His final church was Woodland Christian Church in Longview, Texas where he retired after 43 years in the ministry.
As a member of the Gridiron Club at Phillips University, many friendships were developed which continued throughout his life. George continued contact with these fellow ministers until the last week of his life.
George was an avid bird hunter and enjoyed reloading his own shells. His other hobbies included woodworking and making pocket knives with unique locking mechanisms hoping to patent his own design.
He is survived by his wife Beth Gibbs, sons David and Charles Gibbs, and daughter Janna Gibbs Nash and her husband Jack Nash. His grandchildren are John H. Nash IV, Jordan G. Nash (deceased), and Jennifer Nash Staples and her husband John Staples. He was blessed with one great grandchild, Virginia Adelle Nash.
George's special gift was talking to people and making acquaintances and strangers feel the empathy he felt for them and raising money for the church. His love and loyalty for his family continued until his last breath.
A Celebration of George's life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3003 Northland Drive, Austin, Texas 78757. Memorial contributions may be made to the "13th Check" with the Pension Fund of the Christian Church or a charity of your choice.