Mother Eddie Mae Gibbs died Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012 at Twin Oaks Convalescent Center in Alma. Mother Gibbs was born in Surrency on Sept. 18, 1929 to the late Ed and Dora Smith Golden. She was educated in the Appling County School System. Eddie Mae was united in marriage to Dewitt Gibbs and to this union two children were born. She served in the medical field for over thirty years both in Florida and Georgia. Ms. Gibbs retired from the Appling Healthcare System in Baxley. She was truly a blessing to all she came in contact with during her journey, whether as an ordained evangelist, Mother of the church or Sunday-School teacher at the Refuge Church of Our Lord in Carol City, FL or while attending Faith Temple Church of God in Christ in Baxley where Elder Norris Williams served as her spiritual leader. Mother Gibbs was loved and respected as a servant of God.
Survivors include her husband, Dewitt Gibbs of Baxley; one son, Daniel (Ethel) Gibbs of Miami, FL; six grandchildren: Taj (Zakiya) Marshall, Bishop Leonard (Charlotte) Gibbs, Jr., Nykeo (Heather) Bell, Lionel Gibbs and Joshua Gibbs; thirteen great-grandchildren; one sister, Rachel Guest of Baxley; sisters-in-law, Floretta King, Zola Mae Gibbs, Ella Bert (Rev. Carl) Marion, Flossie Mae (Jimmy) White; former daughter-in-law, Patricia (Terry) Goss and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Funeral services for Mother Eddie Mae Gibbs were held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4 at St. Paul Church of God In Christ at 639 Highway 121 of Surrency, with Bishop-Designate Robert Baxter presiding and eulogy given by Bishop Leonard Gibbs, Jr. Interment followed in Surrency Grove Church Cemetery in Surrency.
Active pallbearers were nephews.
Honorary pallbearers were staff of Twin Oaks Convalescent Center of Alma.
Musical selections were rendered by Kentaiwon Durham, Charlotte Gibbs and St. Paul C.O.G.I.C. Choir.
Arrangements were under the direction of Brown Funeral Home.