Meridian Star


June 15, 2014

Jewell Andees Watkins Gibson

MERIDIAN —      Services for Mrs. Jewell Gibson will be held Monday at Webb Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Dr. Gary Blair officiating.  James F. Webb Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

    In the evening of Thursday, June 12, 2014, Jewell Andees Watkins Gibson, 90, ended her earthly journey and passed into the presence of her Lord and Savior. Her family was with her at her passing, and she had been blessed with the love and support of friends who visited her, prayed for her and sang to her in her final day. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dewitt Gibson, in 2010.

    Mrs. Gibson was a graduate of Anderson Infirmary's School of Nursing, and had a 40-year career as a registered nurse at Anderson Regional Medical Center, and was the nurse of Dr. Paul Parker until his death. She used her nursing skills in other voluntary efforts, including serving as camp nurse when her daughter, Beverly, attended summer camps.

    Mr. and Mrs. Gibson were active members of the Mississippi Power Company retiree club, Short Circuit, where she continued as a member until she was unable to attend in 2011. Long-time members of Southside Baptist Church, now Central Baptist Church, the Gibsons regularly shared their pew with friends of the congregation.

    When Mrs. Gibson's vision declined and she became legally blind, she lost her ability to drive and her activities were more limited. That did not mean that they did not continue to travel throughout the United States and Canada. They especially enjoyed visiting Branson, Mo., and the Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. area to visit Mrs. Gibson's sister, Lucille.

    Mrs. Gibson was born Sept. 3, 1923, to Lois M. Daughtery Watkins and Sam Jones  Watkins. She was part of a large family that included sisters, the late Faye (Tom) Majure and Lucille (Don) Rudd, and brothers Ralph (Elizabeth) Watkins, brothers who preceded her in death, Burwick (Maude) Watkins, Percy Watkins, Jack (Dale) Watkins, and Stanley (Mildred) Watkins.

    She is survived by daughters, Beverly (Craig) Zoch, Carol (Hank) Stern and son, Charles (Rachel) Gibson. She has four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

     The family wishes to express their appreciation to the kind and supportive staff of Heritage House in Brandon; Hospice Ministries of Ridgeland, whose kindness, compassionate care and support made Mrs. Gibson's final days peaceful; and to a number of aides who assisted Mrs. Gibson while she still lived in Meridian. The family especially appreciates the kind, loving assistance of Shevoner Moore, who assisted Mrs. Gibson and carried her to visit her husband, daily, while he was in a nursing home in Meridian.

    In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Advocates for Freedom, P.O. Box 8414, Biloxi, Miss., 39535 or The Gideons International.

    Visitation will be 10-12 on Monday at Webb Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Magnolia Cemetery in Meridian.  

    Family and friends may sign the online memorial, leave a personal message, or order flowers at

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