Gene Paul Gibson peacefully passed away on May 29, 2019. He was surrounded by his wife, Madolyn of 58 years and their three children Rob, Jeanna Lynn and Angela, by his side.
A celebration of Gene's life will be held on July 13, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at the Indianola Church of Christ, 504 Grand Avenue, Indianola.
His life began in Schlater, on January 12, 1940, but spent his earliest years in Ruleville. His family relocated to Itta Bena when he was in second grade, where he resided until his graduation from Leflore County High School in 1958.
During his early years, he enjoyed Boy Scouts, hunting and fishing. After school he had a job at the family-owned Western Auto store and a paper route. During high school, Gene proudly served in the Mississippi National Guard.
He also played football (#81) as lineman, basketball, baseball and track. He was selected to attend The American Legion Boys State, was a member of Who”s Who of America, and served various offices including class, student body and band president.
Senior year, he was voted neatest and most talented. His greatest passion during high school was band. He excelled in his talents, playing seven different instruments. It was an honor for him to be selected as a member of the Mississippi Lions All-State Band. He was one of two chosen as a high school senior to perform with the Ole Miss Band at the World’s Fair in Brussels, Belgium and World Music Concours.
After graduation, he attended Florida Christian College in Tampa, FL for a semester, before transferring to Sunflower Junior College (MDCC) in Moorhead, MS. During this time, he excelled as a tuba player while flirting with the female drummer who sat next to him named Madolyn. The rhythm was right, and they decided to make music together for the next 58 years. They were married in 1960 and moved to Oxford where he attended the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy.
During this time, Gene honorably served as a specialist in the U.S. Army Reserve. He sat first chair tuba in the Ole Miss Band, but his top priority never missed a beat.
He maintained perfect rhythm at home with his “sugar” which resulted in expanding their family in June of 1961, adding Robert Randall. In 1963, Gene Paul Gibson received his B.S.Ph. degree. The new family moved to Greenville where they purchased their first home and Gene began work as a pharmacist at Culley Rexall Drugs.
In July of 1964, their family joyfully welcomed a daughter, Jeanna Lynn. Gene was later made a partner and manager of Culley-Gibson Rexall Drugs. In 1967, he opened the first in-house hospital pharmacy as chief pharmacist at King’s Daughters Hospital. He was fortunate to be working at the hospital where they completed their family with their third child, daughter Angela Jane, in November of 1967.
Gene did love his cars, especially his red 1955 Ford, his “lemon” black Corvair, and ultimately his prized white 1964 Mercury with red leather seats (later affectionately referred to as the Ole Gray Goose!)
In 1969, the family got in that beloved Mercury and headed to a new life in Winona, that would be their family home for the next 50 years. Here Gene helped open McDougal’s Drugstore as the working partner/manager and lead pharmacist. In 1975, he bought out the financial partner and became owner.
In 1984, Gene’s dream of building, owning and operating the finest drug store in the northern half of Mississippi was actualized. “Super G” Drugs was born, and that goal was successfully accomplished.
During Gene’s pharmacy years in Winona, he was active in the Rotary Club (1973-1994), holding offices including past-vice president, president and Board of Directors. He was also president (1982) and a member of the Montgomery County Economic Council. He was a member of the Mississippi State Board of Pharmacy (1983-1988) and served as president presiding over the Southeastern U.S. Pharmacist Educators and Board of Pharmacy in 1988.
Gene’s heart and soul was always focused on keeping God at the center of his relationships and decisions. He was intentional about living out the messages he taught. He was an active member of the Winona Church of Christ, serving God and the congregation as song leader, Bible class teacher, pulpit minister and an Elder for ten years.
In the fall of 1995, Gene and Madolyn created a new rhythm in their lives. They made a bold decision to follow their heart’s calling to serve God through full-time Christian ministry. Super G was closed and the Christian Student Center at MDCC in Moorhead, MS was launched. For 24 years, The Student Center has provided a home away from home setting, partnered with spiritual formation for students, faculty, and the community. They have melodically served together as founder, director and operator.
Gene lived his life serving and blessing those who knew him. He enjoyed being with his wife and children most in life. As a young family, they enjoyed traveling from the mountain tops of Colorado snow skiing every year to the beaches of Jamaica and everything beyond and in-between, teaching them life skills and opening their eyes to the opportunities the world had to offer.
No matter how many miles separated him from his family, the love, encouragement and emotional support was always profoundly present. This continued as the family grew to include grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He never missed an opportunity to be with family, his greatest achievement.
Gene was predeceased by his parents Marland Edward Gibson and Eva Mae (Smith) Gibson; his sister Wanda, his brother Billy, and his grandson Robert Alexander (Alex) Gibson.
He is survived by his wife Madolyn (Downer) Gibson; his children Rob (Sheila) Gibson, Jeanna Lynn (Richard) May, and Angela Arendsee; his grandchildren Stephanie Kessler, Brad May, Brittney Lemons, Mary Ashley Ramsey, Jessica Arendsee and Grace Arendsee; and his great-grandchildren Riley Kessler, Jack Kessler, Ezekiel (Zeke) Lemons, and Aria Jean Ramsey (due September 2019).
In lieu of flowers please consider donations to the Christian Student Center, P.O. Box 651, Moorhead, MS 38761 or "What God has Joined Ministries," P.O. Box 850116, Yukon, OK 73099.