OBITUARY

Monsignor Laurence " Larry" Allan Gipson

October 23, 1942July 29, 2021

Monsignor Laurence A. Gipson – Monsignor Laurence “Larry” Gipson, age 78, a resident of Mobile, AL, died on July 29, 2021 in his home.

Monsignor Gipson received an undergraduate degree from the University of Memphis as well as Masters of Divinity from Yale University, Berkeley Seminary and the University of Saint Thomas, and a Doctorate of Divinity Degree from Yale University, Berkeley Seminary.

He was ordained into the Episcopal Church in 1970 and served parishes in Nashville and Knoxville, Tennessee, served as Dean of the Cathedral Church of the Advent in Birmingham, Alabama, and the Rector of St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas. He retired from the Episcopal Church in 2007. Father Gipson was ordained into the Catholic Church in 2013, serving Our Lady of Walsingham Catholic Church in Houston, Texas and St. Gregory the Great in Mobile, Alabama.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Winston McNeil Gipson and Mary Elizabeth Saucier Gipson of Memphis, TN and his brother Gerald Gipson of Memphis, TN. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Mary Frances Griffith Gipson, his two children, Elizabeth Fain Gipson Logan and Phillip Laurence Gipson (Mara), both of Mobile, his grandchildren Aidan Logan, Mary Frances Gipson, and Claire Gipson and his sister Margaret Kinhil of Memphis, TN.

Prayers for the Deceased and family visitation followed by the Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, August 4, 2021 from 9:30 – 11:00am at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Mobile, Alabama. In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorial be made to St. Ignatius Building Something Beautiful for God campaign.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.radneyfuneralhome-mobile.com for the Gipson family.

Services

  • Memorial Visitation

    Wednesday, August 4, 2021

  • Funeral Mass

    Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Memories

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Gala and John Croft

August 31, 2021

The John and Gala Croft family would like to offer our prayers for all the Gibson family and friends who grieve the loss of this wonderful and faithful man. Mary Frances was our daughter's teacher and our love for her is also in our hearts.
As a St Martin's Episcopal Church memeber, Reverend Larry Gibson was an integral part of our faith journey and spiritual growth. We will forever be grateful to him and his family for his dedication to the Lord and his flock
Lamentations 3:21-26
Peace and Hope, John, Gala, John H and Cara Croft

Rev. Mark and Doris Cannaday

August 25, 2021

Mary Frances, what a joy to get to know you and Larry in Rome of all places. That memory and our special introduction to the Church will always be one we remember and cherish.

Larry in his role as contact of retired Clergy was one I anticipated with the knowledge I would have help if I needed and fun along the way of our conversation. We laughed at the humor that came naturally and collected our thought of prayers needed for each other and the world. It will be sorely missed.

Prayers for you and your family in this difficult adjustment. Many memories at the Altar of our Lord.

With blessings and love.

Mark and Doris

Lynn Forrester

August 5, 2021

My memory for Fr. Gibson would be the first time I heard him give a homily at Mass. He appeared to have no notes, and would rattle off dates and time of history on the subject with ease. He was mezmorizing in his talks connecting the subject matter straight to the Holy Gospel. He always smiled, and I was honored to work under him as a volunteer right after the Chancery was built for our upcoming Bishop Lopes. He always was kind, funny in humor and very much in love with his faith and family. My Life Offering for priests will include him till the Lord calls me home.

Catherine Heath

August 3, 2021

Msgr. Gipson was a man of great character, wisdom & wit, but he was also, for all his brilliance, a humble man who would sit at the back of the Church , now the Cathedral of Our Lady of Walsingham, quietly discerning becoming a Catholic . He shared his delight in Australian humor and my country's movies, and made me feel special, as he made everyone feel special. There is a poet, Jack Gilbert, I'm sure Father Larry would have loved who describes the loss of a beloved wife and coping with his grief by the carrying of a box and moving it into different positions as one muscle group would tire, so that he never has to put the box down, so that he could go on ..... In our hearts and prayers forever! Audley & Catherine Heath

Mary ellen Bohm

August 3, 2021

Larry Gipson was a dear friend and hired me for my job at Church of the Asccension in Knoxville, TN, where I worked for 32 years. He was dearly loved by this parish and will be sadly missed. Prayers for Mary Frances and her family.

Phillip Gipson

August 2, 2021

I can only imagine when Dad made it to heaven someone immediately found him and said “we’ve been waiting for you, we have lots of work for you to do” Lol. He’s definitely in good hands.
I feel very fortunate that he was a part of my life and will never ever ever forget his love and the things he did for me. Thank you all for your kind words.
- Phillip Gipson

Dr and Mrs Byron (Suzanne) Scott

August 2, 2021

Our Deepest Thoughts, Prayers and Sympathies at this time of loss for the entire family of Father Gipson. He was such a wonderful person and our dear friend and patient. We so much looked forward to each of his visits in our office. He will be missed by All of us and everyone who knew and Loved Him. May He Rest In Peace.

Tim Dunne

August 1, 2021

Thank you Fr. Gipson for your ministry and service throughout your life. I was pleased that your life touched mine in the early days of our beloved Ordinariate. RIP

Woody Jones

August 1, 2021

Monsignor Gipson was a great priest and a great man, on fire with love of the Lord and the desire to show it by his actions. He personally tithed. He was a great preacher and pastor.

Blessed repose and eternal memory.

Celia Neumayr

July 31, 2021

We had the great gift of learning from Monsignor Gipson through his sermons at Our Lady of Walsingham. His sermons were amazing. My husband and I looked forward to them every week and we missed them so much when he moved. Thank you!

FROM THE FAMILY