Funeral services for Nat Gibbs, age 92 of Saltillo, were will be at 11 a.m. today, Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010 at the First Baptist Church. Burial will be in the Old Saltillo Cemetery with Rev. Pepper Puryear officiating.
Mr. Gibbs was born May 14, 1918 in Wichita Falls, Tex., to Walter Gibbs and Delma Farley. He was married to Blanche Perkins. While they were still young men, Mr. Gibbs and his brothers, Sam and Leon, were founding members of the Miller Brothers Band in Wichita Falls, Tex. Members of the greatest generation, he and his twin brother Sam Gibbs served on the same ships in the Navy in the Pacific during the World War.
After discharge from the Navy, Mr. Gibbs moved to Dallas in 1952 to work for the Dallas Times Herald in advertising sales. He was hired in 1957 by Affiliated Food Stores of Dallas to head their advertising department. He became the chief executive officer in 1966. By his retirement in 1989, Mr. Gibbs had built the company into a multimillion-dollar corporation, which enabled individual retail grocery store owners to compete with chain stores. Since his retirement, he operated his Brangus Cattle Ranch in Saltillo.
Mr. Gibbs was a deacon at First Baptist Church in Mount Vernon for many years. The Rotary Club of Mount Vernon honored him for his public service by recognizing him as a Paul Harris Fellow. and he received the Community Builders Award from the Masonic Lodge of Mount Vernon.
He died Monday, Sept. 27 at his residence.
He is survived by his wife of more than 70 years, Blanche Gibbs of Saltillo; two sons and daughters-in-law, Garland and Carolyn Gibbs of DeSoto and Nat Paul and Shirley Gibbs of Mount Vernon; a brother, Leon Gibbs of Wichita Falls; a sister and brother-in-law, Juanita and Ken Schnick of Wichita Falls; a brother-in-law, Howard Perkins and his wife, Barbara, of Dallas; five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be members of the Jack Henry Sunday School Class. Donations in his memories may be made to First Baptist Church Building Fund, the Community Food Bank of Franklin County, or the Gideons.