Albert Roland Gibson, 87, of Roanoke passed away June 5, 2016. He was a man who loved Jesus and had concerns for other people. He has finished this portion of his spiritual life and is now in paradise safe in the arms of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Albert is survived by his wife, Victoria Elizabeth Owen Gibson, his son, Mark Lawrence Gibson, (Denver), his beloved sister, Ann and brother-in-law Douglas Bailey (Roanoke), his brother Thomas Gibson (Norfolk), Victoria’s two sons and families, Todd and Rebecca Weaver, Tedd and Inger Weaver, their children Jesse and Tori, Mark’s two daughters; Tanya and Olga and their children Olivia, Maxwell and Isabella.
Albert was born to Maudie Bell Cable Gibson and George Gose Gibson of Crumpler, West Virginia, on March 6, 1929. Albert was the eighth of 11 children.
He married Jean Elizabeth Lawrence of McComas W.V. on June 4, 1949. The couple resided in McComas, W.V. before moving to Littleton in 1958. They had one son, Mark, born in Littleton.
Albert graduated Northfork High School 1947 before being drafted into the Army in 1951. He served as a member of the Army Signal Corps attached to the 7th Army during the Korean War. Following his honorable military service, he attended Indiana Technology Collage receiving a bachelor of science degree in electronics. Albert joined The Martin Company, Denver Division following graduation where he worked on design of the Titan I Intercontinental Ballistic Missile. Spending most of his working life with this company he saw it change to Martin Marietta and Lockheed Martin. His assignments took him to Cape Canaveral, Vandenberg Air Force Base, and numerous other NASA and Air Force facilities. Albert retired manager of Ground Systems Electrical Checkout and Launch Control for the Peacekeeper ICBM, Small Missile and Titan 4 missile programs.
He continued to live in Foxfield, a town he helped to create, becoming Foxfield’s first mayor until moving to Roanoke in 1999.
Albert was a member of both Arapahoe Road Baptist Church of Littleton, and Bonsack Baptist Church in Roanoke, Virginia.
Albert was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Jean and siblings, Gaines, Avron, Dale, George Jr., Helen, Randolph and Sara Jane.
A funeral for Albert Gibson was held June 8, at Bonsack Baptist Church with Dr. Robert Moore III officiating. Visitation was prior to the service, with interment at Wilson Cemetery in Check, VA. Memorials may be made in Albert’s name at Arapahoe Road and Bonsack Baptist Churches. Condolences may be left for the family at simpsonfuneral.com.
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