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.