Anita Louis Henson GibbonsPublished 4:57pm Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Mrs. Anita Louise Henson Gibbons, 74, of Oneonta, passed away May 26, 2013, in Oneonta. She was born October 20, 1938, in Gadsden, the daughter of Harold Eugene and Estelle Logan Henson.
She was the wife of Robert Wayne Gibbons for 53 years.
Mrs. Gibbons was preceded in death by her parents, brother Bobby Henson, father-in-law, Robert Lee Gibbons, and brother-in-law, James Hamm.
Mrs. Gibbons was the valedictorian of Glencoe High School class of 1957. She graduated from Auburn University in 1961 with a Bachelor of Science and in 1965 with a Masters in Education.
She taught in the Baldwin County, Elmore County and Oneonta City school systems from 1962-1994. The majority of that career was spent teaching junior high science at Oneonta City School.
Mrs. Gibbons accepted the Lord Jesus Christ into her life at an early age and was an active member of First Baptist Church of Oneonta where she taught Sunday School, sang in the choir, and was a member of the Women’s Missionary Union.
Mrs. Gibbons was also active in civic and professional organizations including the Alabama Education Association, Oneonta Education Association, National Education Association, Blount County Gideon’s Auxiliary, the Auburn Alumni Association, Oneonta Jayceettes, Blount County Cattlewomen, and the March of Dimes.
In 1974, she was named the Outstanding Young Educator of Alabama by the Alabama Jaycees.
Most importantly she was a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother.
She is survived by her husband, children Ronald (Brenda) Gibbons of Locust Fork, Charles Gibbons, Sara (Tim) Hester and Janna (Chris) NeSmith, all of Oneonta; grandchildren John Gibbons, Cade, Colt, Adam and Evan NeSmith, all of Oneonta. Pfc. Eric NeSmith, U.S. Army, Fort Huachuca, Ariz., and Andrew Koon of Fulton, Mo.; sister, Janice (Bob) Zahorscak of Glencoe; mother-in-law Myrtle D. Gibbons of Deatsville; sisters-in-law Edna Earle Henson of Chattanooga, Tenn., Mabel (Harold) Haddle of Atlanta, Carol Hamm of Deatsville and Mary Ruth Gibbons of Pelham and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Dr. Larry Gipson, the Rev. Dan Sims and the Rev. Gary Lawson will conduct services at First Baptist Church of Oneonta at 11 a.m. May 29 with burial at Oak Hill Cemetery with Lemley Funeral Home & Crematory directing.
The family will receive friends from 5:30-8 p.m. and from 8 a.m. until service time May 30.
The family requests that donations may be made in her honor to the First Baptist Church Building Fund or to Gideons International Blount County Camp.