Bessie "Bess" K. Gibson

May 29, 1921April 14, 2018

Bessie “Bess” K. Gibson, age 96, resident of Columbus, passed away at her home and went to be with the Lord on Saturday, April 14, 2018. Funeral services are scheduled at Edgewood Hall of Striffler-Hamby, Columbus on Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 11 a.m. with Reverend (Dr.) Kevin Calhoun officiating. Interment will follow at Parkhill Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home prior to the service in the St. Elmo Room of Striffler-Hamby, Columbus from 10am-11am on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. Mrs. Gibson, daughter of the late Simon Peter Kimbro and Fannie Sorrells Kimbro, was born May 29, 1921 in Crenshaw County, Alabama. She was one of eleven children, had unconditional love for her family, an amazing woman, and loved the Lord with all her heart. Mrs. Gibson was a homemaker and member of Wynnbrook Baptist Church. She was part of the “Mighty Nineties” and a member of the Maranatha Sunday School class. Mrs. Gibson was preceded in death by her husband, Barslow Gibson and nine siblings. She is survived by three daughters, Yvonne Melvin and her husband Harold of Lee County, Georgia, Janice Cole and her husband Curtis of Columbus, and Diane Osteen and her husband Rick of Merritt Island, Florida; two sons, Rickey Gibson and his wife Pam of Columbus, and Ken Gibson and his wife Robin of Hamilton, Georgia; one sister, Mary Smallwood of Columbus; eight grandchildren, Kristin Massey, Richie Osteen, Mandy Chaplin, Stephanie Lepore, Laurie Priban, Zachary Gibson, Jennifer Odom, and Jessica Redding; 14 great-grandchildren; many other relatives and friends. Flowers are accepted or contributions can be made to Columbus Hospice at


  • Simon Peter Kimbro, Father
  • Fannie Kimbro, Mother
  • Barslow Gibson, Husband
  • Yvonne (Harold) Melvin, Daughter
  • Janice (Curtis) Cole, Daughter
  • Diane (Rick) Osteen, Daughter
  • Rickey (Pam) Gibson, Son
  • Ken (Robin) Gibson, Son
  • Mary Smallwood, Sister
  • Kristin Massey, Grandchild
  • Richie Osteen, Grandchild
  • Mandy Chaplin, Grandchild
  • Stephanie Lepore, Grandchild
  • Laurie Priban, Grandchild
  • Zachary Gibson, Grandchild
  • Jennifer Odom, Grandchild
  • Jessica Redding, Grandchild
  • Also leaves behind 14 great-grandchildren.


  • Visitation Tuesday, April 17, 2018
  • Funeral service Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Bessie "Bess" K. Gibson

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Cothee Stonebraker

April 17, 2018

Sharing your sadness as you remember Aunt Bessie. Extending deep and heartfelt sympathy to the entire Gibson family.

Love to you all,
Linda Gibson
Cothee Gibson Stonebraker
Jason Gibson

donna Braun

April 16, 2018

Dear Gibson Children

I was sad to hear of your mom's passing. Your parents were so very kind to me many years ago. I have very fond memories of my friendship with Janice and Yvonne. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families. Take care, Donna SuberBraun( Harvey Weldon"s sister)