GLEN ROSE - Grover Cleveland Gibbs, Jr., 90, a lifelong Glen Rose resident, passed away October 31, 2009 at his home in Glen Rose.

A service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, November 3, 2009, at Wiley Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Squaw Creek Cemetery.

Grover was born in Glen Rose on June 11, 1919. He was the sixth of nine children born to Betty and Grover Gibbs. He lived all of his life in Glen Rose except for the years he was in the service, during World War II.

He began working at a young age by shining shoes and later as a soda jerk and apprentice pharmacist. He graduated from Glen Rose High School in 1936, when he was 16. He then attended Weatherford Jr. College and John Tarleton Agricultural College. He was drafted in the Army Air Corp during World War II and met and married the love of his life, Frankie Triplett. They had been married 65 years at the time of his death.

After a medical discharge from the military, the couple returned to Glen Rose where they have resided ever since. Gibbs was active in many civic and service organizations including the City Council, the Historical Society, the Cemetery Board, the Red Cross, Gideonís, American Legion and Realtors Association. Gibbs also served as Mayor of Glen Rose - his greatest accomplishment was he was responsible for having all the streets paved.

He worked the Coca Cola Bottling Plant for his dad until 1957. He then served as Postmaster of Glen Rose for 30 years. He owned Gibbs Real Estate for 60 years and was still working up until his death. He helped found the Somervell/Hood County Realtors Association and was honored by them in 2007. He and Frankie recently received the Outstanding Older Texans Award from the Glen Rose Senior Citizens Association.

Gibbs was preceded in death by his parents Grover and Betty; brothers, Chet, Marlin, Charles, Bob and Riley; sisters, Gwendolyn McLemore, Jeanette Chambers and Betty Faye George, and youngest son Bill.

He is survived by his wife Frankie; children Pam Howard and her husband, Tim, Coke Gibbs and wife, Debbie; grandchildren, Chuck Howard and wife Christy, Christopher Howard and wife, Kathy; great grandsons Chas, Caleb, Parker and Drew Howard as well as many nieces nephews and friends.

Published November 3, 2009

Glen Rose Reporter