Whitesburg KY

Deaths bring sadness to family

Hello to all in Mountain Eagle land. It’s been a long time since I have written to The Eagle.

It’s been very sad four or five months for my family and friends. My sister Reba (Gibson) Dennis passed away Dec. 5, 2016 at the age of 86. She had been sick for just a short time. She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Dennis, and two children, Charles Dennis and Sandy (Dennis) Casico.

Her parents were the late Charlie and Polly Gibson, two brothers, Chester Gibson and Lester Gibson, and one sister, Christine (Sexton) Bucata.

She is survived by two daughters, Debbie Williams and Barbara Fitzwater and husband Bill; two sons, Gary Dennis and wife Beth, and Darryl Dennis and wife Shelly. Also, she is survived by two brothers, Joe Gibson and wife Douglas, and Douglas Gibson and wife Von; three sisters, Norma Jean Gibson, Symolene G. Anderson and Shirley G. Walker; a daughter-in-law, Dorthy Dennis; and a sisterin law, Mary Gibson, a host of relatives and friends, and many loving nephews and nieces.

She also leaves behind 15 grandchildren, many greatgrandchildren, and greatgreat grandchildren, who will miss her so very much.

All our family need your prayers. We want everyone to know that Reba would not want us to be sad and grieve for her. She was a good, Christian woman, a great sister and friend to us, a precious mother to her children and a prayer warrior for her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

We miss her, but God loved her more, so we all know that our loss is Heaven’s gain.

We were all saddened and shocked with the passing of our first cousins, Lillian (Sexton) Lucas of Greenfield, Ind., who died suddenly Oct. 12, 2016. She was a daughter of the late Lawrence and Loretta Sexton, formerly of Sextons Branch on Rockhouse near Colson.

Esma (Sexton) Gibson died Nov. 17, 2016 after being sick a long time. She was 93 years old at the time of her passing. She was a daughter of the late Hasadore and Liz Sexton of Colson.

Also, Esma’s brother, Dow Sexton, passed away Dec. 25, 2016. He was a patient at the Letcher Manor Nursing Home for many, many years. I know all the folks there will miss him. He was so loving and liked to talk to everyone.

Another relative passed away on Nov. 27 2016, Winfred (Rad) Sexton. He was 82 years old and living in Farmland, Ind., at his passing. He was a son of the late William and Nancy Sexton of Colson. His wife Joan and children and all the family have our love and sympathy.

My family was saddened when a longtime friend and neighbor of our family passed away on Jan. 7. Delmer Nease died at his home in Somerset. He was born at Colson to the late Brad and Nan Nease, and was 84 years old at the time of his passing. In his younger years he was a very good friend of all my family, especially my brothers. He had been sick for a short time.

In the past few years he was coming to visit his special friend, Mary (Craft) Gibson. They both liked to go shopping and visiting with friends and neighbors. They came to visit us at our family gatherings when we were in Kentucky having our reunions up at Sexton Branch near Colson at our campground.


We will all miss him very much, and, Mary, we know you will miss him too. God bless you, and know that we love you very much. All our prayers go out to his surviving brothers and sisters, and his son.

Mary Rose (Maggard) Adams died Jan. 28 at the age of 85. She was the wife of Tandy Adams and they lived in Connersville, Ind., at her passing. She was a daughter of the late Randell and Lydia Maggard of Sackett or up on Rockhouse. She was a dear friend of our family. We remember well the many times she and her sisters would come to church at Little Daniel Church.

Her dad and mother were deacons in the church, and my dad and mother also had their membership there. Daddy, Charlie Gibson, was the moderator, so we became best friends with all of Mary Rose’s brothers and sisters.

To her husband Tandy, brother Ern (Ernest) Maggard and sisters Viola Caudill and Nancy Collins, we are so sad, and we love all of you. You have our sympathy. God bless all of you.

My sister-in-law, Mary Gibson, is grieving the passing of her brother, Jack Craft. He was living in New Jersey at his passing. He was a son of McKinley and Pearl Craft of Cody in Knott County. He is survived by his loving wife Ester, and children, who are living in New Jersey.

His sisters, Mary (Craft) Gibson of Redfox, Susan (Craft) McCoy of Indiana, Esther, Mary, and Susan, and all the children have our family’s love and our deepest sympathy. Jack was graduated from Carr Creek High School. All the years I’ve known him he was always a good, Christian man. God bless all the family.

The Rev. Robert Haney passed away Jan. 14 at the age of 72. He was a member and pastor of the Old Regular Baptist Church, the Little Memory Church in Batesville, Ind. Bro. Bob was a dear friend of my brother, Doug Gibson, and wife Von and also my sister Jean would often travel with Doug and Von to visit Bro. Robert’s church.

They always spoke so highly of him. We loved to hear him preach. He truly loved the Lord. He spent lots of time with Doug and his preaching brothers. He is survived by his wife Norma and three children. We hope they know our family will always keep you in our prayers. You all have our love and sympathy.

Ran Lowe passed away the first of April. He was a son of the late Earnest and Sally Bell Lowe, formerly of Sackett. His family were real good neighbors of ours when they lived up in Sexton’s Branch, now called Low Gap.

Ran was a first cousin to my sister-in-law, Von Gibson. He belonged to the New Home Old Regular Baptist Church, where he was the moderator, in Indiana. He is survived by his wife Sue, and children, brothers and sisters. They have our deepest sympathy.

I’m finishing up this news with a happier note. I hope to write more often, but right now I’m getting ready to go back home to Ohio.

I have been here in Florida since January. The weather is so nice, but very hot at times. I’ve had lots of fun and have been enjoying my sisters. Shirley was here for two months, and Jean is still living down south of me. We go to baseball games in Ft. Myers, Fla., to watch our great-nephew Kyle Gibson play. He plays for the Minnesota Twins.

I will tell you more in my next letter. God bless everyone, and hello to all my family everywhere.

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