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Funeral Service


Saturday October 22nd, 2011
10:30am

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P. Floyd Gibbs

Rev. Philip Floyd Gibbs passed into the presence of His Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, at The Oaks of Sweeten Creek Nursing Home in Arden, NC, following a long illness with Parkinson's disease. P. Floyd Gibbs was the son of Albert and Elizabeth Gibbs of Knox, NY. He earned a theology degree from Nyack Missionary College in Nyack, NY, and he furthered his theological studies at Gordon College in Wenham, MA. He and his wife, Betty, spent 30 years as missionaries in the Philippine Islands, serving in Jolo, Sulu, Zamboanga City, and Manila. Floyd also served as business manager for both the Christian and Missionary Alliance in the Philippines and Ebenezer Bible College in Mindanao. In addition, he and his wife operated the Guest Home for Missionaries in Zamboanga City and in Manila, The Philippines. After their service in the Philippines, he and his wife returned to Knox to care for his parents. While living in upstate New York, Floyd served as an assistant pastor and interim pastor in several churches in the area, including Pineview Community Church, Westerlo Baptist Church, and South Westerlo Congregational Church. He also helped establish the Altamont Alliance Church, serving as head pastor. He and Betty retired to Bradenton Missionary Village in 1995, residing there for 10 years. They then moved to The Oaks at Sweeten Creek in Arden, NC, to be closer to their youngest son, Irving and his children. Floyd Gibbs is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years, Elizabeth (Betty) Stebbins Gibbs; their three children Esther Gibbs Brisson of Canton, GA, Philip Gibbs of Ballston Lake, NY, Irving Gibbs of Mills River, NC, and their spouses; and their nine grandchildren: Renee, Michael, Stephen, Isaiah, Alissa, Sammy, Josiah, Levi, and April. One grandson, Joshua, died in 1989 at the age of 3 . Floyd also had three siblings who predeceased him, Donald, Alan, and Mary; he has one surviving sister, Alberta Gibbs Dubisz, who lives with her husband in Sebring, Florida, and one sister-in-law, Ruth Gibbs of Charlotte, NC, widow of Floyd's late brother, Alan. Calling hours will be held at Fredendall Funeral Home in Altamont, NY, on Friday, Oct. 21, from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Funeral services will be held at Fredendall Funeral Home on Saturday, Oct 22, at 10:30 AM, with internment immediately following at Knox Cemetery, Knox NY.


Guestbook

Miss you coming by, Uncle Floyd. Just loved it when you and Aunt Betty would surprise me with a visit on your way to Carlisle, PA. Sweet memories of our time together in Nyack, when I lived with you till I found an apartment. You helped me start my adult life! For this I am VERY grateful to both of you and the Lord! See you soon!

Kathi Stebbins Saroka Feb 10 2012 12:00 AM

Miss you coming by, Uncle Floyd. Just loved it when you and Aunt Betty would surprise me with a visit on your way to Carlisle, PA. Sweet memories of our time together in Nyack, when I lived with you till I found an apartment. You helped me start my adult life! For this I am VERY grateful to both of you and the Lord! See you soon!

Kathi Stebbins Saroka Feb 10 2012 12:00 AM

Dear Betty and all the family, we fondly remember your dear husband from our earliest times in the Philippines. He and you were a big help to us so many times. Floyd was the onewho took us to Panandakan the first time and set up our kerosene fridge. May you abe greatly encouraged and comforted by the Lord even as Floyd rests in His presence. Joann and I will be praying for you.

Otis, Jerry and Joanna Nov 5 2011 12:00 AM

Floyd was a dear friend to us in our early years serving Jesus together in Jolo in the Philippines. We will never forget his untiring service to us as fellow missionaries--carrying 50 gallon barrels of water on his truck along with goodies from the market to keep us supplied, not to say anything of the times when he and Betty's home in town was our home. His constant witness to Jesus was manifest by acts of love and kindness not only to us his fellow missionaries, but also to the people of Sulu especially to those in public service there. We praise God for his life and fellowship and rejoice with Him that to be absent from the body is to be present with the LORD.

Seymour and Lois Ashley Nov 5 2011 12:00 AM