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H.M. Patterson & Son-Canton Hill Chapel

1157 Old Canton Road Ne, Marietta, GA

OBITUARY

Walden Lewis Gibbs Jr.

May 28, 1951November 27, 2019
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Walden Lewis Gibbs Jr., age 68, of Marietta, Georgia passed away on Wednesday November 27, 2019. Walden was born May 28, 1951.

A funeral service will occur Saturday, November 30, 2019 from 11:00 AM at H.M. Patterson & Son-Canton Hill Chapel, 1157 Old Canton Road NE, Marietta, GA 30068 with Rev. Don Clarke officiating. A visitation will occur following the service.

Services

  • Funeral Service Saturday, November 30, 2019
  • Visitation Saturday, November 30, 2019

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Walden Lewis Gibbs Jr.

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Lovely Co

December 5, 2019

I am privileged to call this man my stepfather and call him Dad. I am grateful that my mother Elizabeth got to spend 10 fruitful years with this great man. My stepdad taught me to be a better person, to love selflessly, and to humble with dignity.

I believe that a person’s worth is measured in how many lives they’ve touched, impacted or saved. I want people to know the man he was and appreciate the incredibly large footprint he’s left on this world through the testimonies of everyone he touched.

Though we share no DNA, at time I have felt closer to him than anyone biologically related to me as he held me in his arms the first time we met and loved me like his own.
I miss him so much already and I will remember him forever. We have lost a great man. A man I wish more had the opportunity to know. I’ve met very few people in my lifetime that have dedicated their existence to making life better for other people and my dad is one of them.

His impact shows in the kindness of neighbors, friends and families who have already expressed such profound love support and respect for my stepfather.

I wish I had one more day... I would have hugged him tighter, I will look at him in his eyes and will tell him how much I adored him and was so proud of him. If only I had one more day, I would like to listen to his jokes and laughed with him for one last time. It’s not the flesh and blood but the heart that makes us father and daughter.

A lesson for all of us, love with all your heart and never keep grudges. Never let one day pass without them knowing how much you love them. Love like my stepfather did. Live as he did with humility, dignity, kindness, respect and total selflessness. Imagine what the world would be if there were love and respect. That is the work I will carry on in his memory. Peace and Love to everyone in my immediate world and across the globe. Let us take better care of each other not only in moments of sadness and loss, but in our everyday life.

Nenita Co

December 4, 2019

Our deepest sympathy & condolences to you lovely and Laiza, with a heavy heart, so sad to hear the demise of Walden, a great man, supportive and kind hearted man, who treats my son John so well as if his own. He may be gone but will be missed and not forgotten. May the lord bless him peace and light the way to heaven.

Jeni Gibbs

December 3, 2019

Walden Lewis Gibbs Jr. was my father’s older and only brother and the only uncle I had on my dad’s side. His daughter Dane was my only cousin. We had many great memories when we were younger and especially when we were either swimming at his house, spending time watching him and my dad flying their remote control airplanes that they did as a hobby together, and just being together at our family gatherings. He came from a wonderful family. I know that he will be reunited with all of his family once again in Heaven with a perfect body and looking down over his loved ones. We must not be in sorrow but grateful that he has gone to be with Jesus Christ to live an eternal life in Heaven. I loved my uncle and love his family very dearly. I pray for all his loved ones that are grieving his loss and that God may be with all of them to give them peace. My sympathy goes out to my family and this too shall pass. I love you all with my heart ❤️

- Jeni Lee Gibbs

Elizabeth Gibbs

December 1, 2019

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We may be hurting now that he is gone, But I would like to be comforted knowing that he had A Life Well Lived and with God’s promise that life will return through a resurrection of the dead. This is how mankind can receive his gift of eternal life. No more pain and suffering…

I would like to think goodbyes are not forever. Goodbyes are not the end, they simply mean I’ll miss you until we meet again. In closing I ask you try to remember the good times more, in that, maybe Walden can help you smile again.

Rest in peace now my Love… I LOVE YOU, Goodbye!

Elizabeth Gibbs

December 1, 2019

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And during his final days, I still can clearly remember what he said, I am not a big fan of miracles but I do believe there is God.
Some people may be concerned how could I take care of my husband when I cannot even drive, they thought I was very dependent on him. Don’t worry, I took care of him better than those who know how to drive. In everything I do, I give my all because I believe that when you love what you are doing efficiency and effectiveness will follow. What more, when it comes to my love for my husband???
They say your husband’s clothing reflects how well his wife takes care of him. A lot of you know and have seen my husband wear the same uncollared Walmart shirts with some pet hairs as he always cuddled our dogs, paired with pajama and old shoes. I got tired of buying fancy ones because he refuses to wear it as he feels more comfortable with the same clothes over and over again. So I allowed for his comfort before my wishes.
Walden was a very generous person, a loyal friend, loved to crack jokes, loved black coffee, he answered phone calls and texts quickly 24/7, enjoyed long rides. Never stopped talking and his “Texas” showed in his love of country music. Walden loved to connect with people and most especially he loved our dogs so much that sometimes I felt he loved them more than he loved me. I am sure he will be missed by everyone, but none will miss him more than me.
I would like to thank the loving family and friends of Walden, including our business partners and employees who were always there to help him. They took turns to come by at our house, run errands, bring food, driving us to his medical appointments, even staying as early as 5am and going home after midnight. It has been tough, but with them around it was bearable. I must be ever grateful for the help you continue to give to me now. Thank you so much to all the people who have helped us and to all of you who came.

Elizabeth Gibbs

December 1, 2019

There’s a saying that a man who loves dogs is a good man and I would say, my husband was such a wonderful man. I'm not sure I can really express just how much I will miss him but the following morning after my husband’s death, I asked myself how can I continue and handle everything now that I lose my loving husband, a business partner, a friend and a companion for more than 10 years?
I know it would be hard going home to an empty house, but to somehow alleviate my heavy feeling, I started rearranging our room and sorted all his personal belongings. And while I was doing so, some questions I have were answered like have I taken cared and loved him enough? I then grabbed my phone and started to review all our text messages and most of them we never fail to say I love you. I even retrieved all our greeting cards and letters, all of it were showing full of love and affection to each other. It also made me realize while I was sorting through the medical equipment and supplies I bought for him, from his hydraulics bed, oxygen tanks (not just one, but three just to make sure he would have back-ups) and we even made sure electricity is also covered by having a generator. The consumable supplies like cannulas, tubes, etc. were bought in cases not that I am a hoarder but I always wanted to make sure that he will never run out of stock and will always be available whenever he asked for it. I didn’t mind buying because I know with these, it will make him live comfortably for I believed in my husband’s determination to live longer.
When I was taking care of him, I organized all his medication and even created a list and researched what each is for and their side effects, accompanied him to all medical appointments just to make sure we didn’t miss anything. We are very determined that for as long as we are together there’s nothing that we can’t do and with God’s mercy nothing is impossible and we can get thru it all.

lauren bricks

November 30, 2019

Lauren Bricks
Eulogy Part #4

When describing Walden, our good friend Rob Lurie said “Walden was somebody that I could always count on to be an ear when dealing with the ups and down of business, he had a careful way of saying just what was needed during any conversation. Walden was one of the smartest people I had the pleasure of working with”

He helped another friend, Steve Collins, setup his very first laboratory. Steve’s nickname for Walden was “Papa” and he described Walden as “being a great mentor and having heart of gold”. His heart of gold is what made him so special. It’s the reason Walden was loved by so many of us.

I’m so thankful for Walden’s unwavering friendship. He taught me valuable lessons about forgiveness, kindness, grace and true friendship. He accepted the best and worst parts of me, and'm a better person because of him.

There will never be anyone like Walden Gibbs. He lived a full life, but most importantly, he used his time here to make the world a better place. He left his mark and touched so many people. Walden will always be remembered, because he was someone you could never forget.

Walden Gibbs was a once in a lifetime person, the ultimate legend.

Lauren Bricks

November 30, 2019

Lauren Bricks
Eulogy Part #3

Walden’s joy in life came didn’t come from possessions. Although he was a successful and a competent businessman, his happiness didn't come from a bank account. Walden didn’t add up all the kind things he did on a ledger, he wanted nothing in return. Walden’s happiness was giving to others. Making people happy is what gave him the most joy in life.

Walden was a wonderful husband who adored his wife, Elizabeth. His smile was the biggest and his eyes truly sparkled when he was talking about her. Hearing Walden tell a story about Elizabeth and the way he would just chuckle was the sweetest. They were a team in life and in business. He was so proud of her and anyone that knew Walden knew that Elizabeth was his rock. If you really knew Walden, you know she kept him organized and was the reason for his meticulous expense reports. Walden loved living life side by side with Elizabeth.

Many things have changed over the past ten years. I met my now husband and became a wife, had two children and left our company to focus on new opportunities. We both opened our own laboratories around the same time. Through all these life changes, our friendship remained the same. We would talk on the phone daily. He was always there as a sounding board, allowed me vent when I was frustrated, gave advice when I felt uncertain about decisions. Regardless of how busy he was running his company, he always picked up the phone, called just to check-in, and he never left a text unanswered. This wasn’t just with me;

lauren bricks

November 30, 2019

Lauren Bricks
Eulogy Part #2

Walden was a hub that people gravitated to, My nickname for him was“The Mayor”because he helped everyone. He was more than just a listening ear, he would take action. Walden made things happen. If someone lost their job, he would help them find employment. If someone needed help with instrument, he would answer the call at 5 AM. If he knew someone was having a bad day, he would make it a point to take them to lunch. If someone needed help closing a sale, he would get on a plane.

Walden treated everyone like family. He did not know a stranger. If he walked into a new account, he left with new friends. He remembered every customer's name and genuinely cared about them. He would remember little details like what kind of pet someone had, their favorite food, classes someone was taking, the names their spouse. He took the time to learn about people. Titles and status meant nothing to him, he treated everyone the same.

Walden not only had a big heart, he had a big personality. Some of his favorite topics were politics and current events. He always had a colorful life story to share. Walden wasn’t always “politically correct” and didn’t tiptoe around subjects. Walden had a lot of opinions, and he enjoyed lively conversations. He was an open book, always willing to tell a funny story from his past. There were no “hard’ subjects for Walden because he wasn't bothered or upset if you didn't agree with him. In fact, if he teased you, it meant you were a really close friend.

Lauren Bricks

November 30, 2019

Lauren Bricks
Eulogy Part #1

How can I adequately describe someone like Walden Gibbs? I can’t compare him to anyone, because he was one of a kind. I can’t measure or weigh the best things about him, no scale would go high enough. I can’t create a list with all the kind acts he did for others, there wouldn't be enough pages. Walden truly was unique, and I will try my best to explain what made him legendary.

I met Walden 10 years ago through work, where I quickly realized that he was connected to virtually everyone. Walden was incredibly intelligent, and he specialized in laboratory instrumentation. As a valuable resource, everyone knew Walden Gibbs.

There was only one version of Walden. If you worked with him in an office or met him on vacation, you’d get the same person. He was magnetic. Everyone loved him, because he had the uncanny ability to make you feel like family. Every person was important to Walden, and this is why people loved him.

Walden saw potential in people. He would take people under his wing, and during his free time, train them to become proficient instrument engineers. Marcus Edwards, for example, met Walden shortly after graduating college and is now one of the best instrument technicians. Walden helped people achieve their maximum potential.

FROM THE FAMILY
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Walden Sr, Donnie and Walden Jr

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Walden and Jeff

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Walden Clayton

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Walden Airforce

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Walden Sr, Donnie and Walden Jr

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Picture with Mom and Dad

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Toni’s Wedding

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Walden and Dañe