Gibson, Annie Gallimore

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Mrs. Annie Irene Gallimore Gibson of Radford surrendered to the waiting arms of her Maker on Friday, April 20, 2007 following an extended illness.

Annie was born in Indian Valley, Floyd County, Virginia to her late parents, Walter Maston and Jocie Dusdy Gallimore on September 6, 1920. She was the fourth of eight siblings. She and several of her friends worked at the New Radford Laundry for a time and roomed together in the Landmark Building in Radford’s west end. It was during this time that she met and married Charles Sandy Gibson in 1945.

She became a lifelong Radford resident. She became a widow at the young age of 42, and continued to raise her son alone. She retired in 1993 at the age of 72 with more than 30 years of combined service to Kenrose and Russell Apparel, where she developed many friendships that continued into her later years.

She filled her retirement years with her love of growing things, and almost every year had a small garden. She loved to crochet and quilt with the Radford Senior Citizens Center and her projects continued even after she was unable to visit the Center. Her first and foremost concern was always family ties and she made great effort to stay in contact with her family.

Annie was preceded in death by her parents, Walter Maston Gallimore (1952) and Jocie Dusdy Gallimore (1961); her husband, Charles Sandy Gibson (1962); sister, Glada Lillie Gallimore Oldham (2005); sister and brother-in-law Olethia Maud Gallimore Davis (1987) and Robert Earl Davis; brothers, Oden Lee Gallimore (1935), Woodrow James Gallimore (1944), Vernon Roscoe Gallimore (2005); brother and sister-in law, Thornton Melvin Gallimore (1975) and Beulah Hollandsworth Gallimore (2006) and by her oldest and closest friend, Estelva Sutphin Farmer (2002).

She leaves to cherish her memory, her son and daughter-in-law Johnny Maston Gibson and Wanda Sampson Gibson, Claytor Lake, Va.; brother and sister-in-law, Arbie Clarence Gallimore and Colene Quesenberry Gallimore, Indian Valley, Floyd, Va.; sister-in-law Ruth Hollandsworth (Mrs. Vernon) Gallimore, Greensboro, N.C.; special nieces Marlene Maready, Greensboro and Rhonda Sowers, Floyd and many other nieces and nephews and their descendants, too numerous to mention. Her memory will also be treasured by her special friends, Karen Wood, who helped Annie maintain her independence for the last years, and Katherine Clark, whose friendship brought immeasurable comfort.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, April 23, 2007 at 2 p.m. at the Mullins Funeral Home in Radford. Interment will follow at Highland Memory Gardens in Dublin. The family will receive friends on Sunday, April 22 from 3 until 5 p.m. at Mullins Funeral Home in Radford.