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Wayne "Yankee" Gibson

d. September 23, 2019

George Wayne “Yankee” Gibson, Sr., 70, of Newberry, died Monday, September 23, 2019 at his residence.

Born on October 31, 1948 in Rockmart, GA, he was a son of the late George Joe and Carolyn Byrd Gibson. He was an Army Veteran serving in the Special Forces as a Green Beret and was a member of the American Legion. Mr. Gibson was retired from Kibler's Inc. and a founding member of the Old Time Holiness Mission. He greatly enjoyed playing Santa Claus for a number of years.

He is survived by his wife, Virginia Franklin Gibson; sons, George Wayne (Tamra) Gibson, Jr. of Prosperity, Martin Anthony (Kim) Gibson of Homosassa, FL and Jonathon “Opie” (Amy) Gibson of Newberry; a daughter, Angela (Chris) Broerman of The Colony, TX; a sister, Frauline Jozefiak of China, MI; a brother, James Leonard (Marie) Gibson of Calhoun, GA; grandchildren, Jordan Caverlee, Kayla (Thomas) Miller, Hunter Gibson, Kody (Richard Cody) Jacobs, Holte Gibson, Maidson Broerman, Brittany (Steven) Ahearn, Brandon Blier, Taylor Gibson, Lauren Gibson, John Henry Gibson and Mayson Keen; great-grandchildren, Kaylee, Collins, Kenley, Ellie and Abbey.

Funeral services will be held at 4:00 pm Friday, September 27, 2019 at the McSwain-Evans Funeral Home Chapel by Pastor Josh Parson and Rev. Vernon L. Koon. Burial will military honors will follow in Newberry Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Friday from 2:30 – 3:30 pm at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 1990 Fordham Drive, Suite 100, Fayetteville, NC 28304.

Active pallbearers will be Thomas Miller, Richard Cody Jacobs, Hunter Gibson, David Jozefiak and Keith Minick

Honorary pallbearers will be the Kibler's Inc. Family.


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