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Melissa Gayle McQueen

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Melissa Gayle Gibson McQueen who was born and raised in South Montgomery County, Alabama, the oldest daughter of Henry “Hoot” and Barbara Ann Gibson on March 16, 1958, passed away unexpectedly in her home on February 17, 2021 due to natural causes. Missy went to and graduated from South Montgomery County High School in 1976 and her extensive education background included a doctoral degree with a focus in Human Resources. Following in her father’s footsteps, as the true Daddy’s Girl that she was, Missy joined the United States Army National Guard in 1976. She enjoyed the numerous and adventurous opportunities that her career allowed her to experience; to include a tour abroad in 2008 serving as a Logistics Civil Augmentation Program (LOGCAP) Advisor to multi-national Corps during Operation Iraqi Freedom, where she was honored for her service with the Bronze Star Medal. Near the end of her military career, she fought with the decision to “go full Bird” as Daddy called it or hang it up. Retiring as Lieutenant Colonel Melissa Gibson McQueen was one of the proudest moments of her life; she loved being like her Daddy, she loved being a soldier; however, she loved being a “Gigi” and “Mudder” to her grandchildren more. It was her most distinguished honor, outside of her children, her family, and her career. Melissa Gayle held tight to her faith; she was an active member of her Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Ramer, Alabama. She enjoyed being a service to her family, friends, and community. Melissa Gayle will be remembered as a giver; if she could help, she would without hesitation and if she couldn’t help herself, she knew someone that could. She was a strong woman dependent solely on God and making her Daddy proud. Always willing, ready, and able to cook, bake, or feed anyone was one of her biggest and most simplistic contributions to her time in this life. Melissa Gayle was the thrift shop going and flea market hunting queen; her retired weekly routine always included a random visit. Melissa Gayle is survived by her parents, Henry and Barbara Gibson, her brothers Conrad Missildine (Cheryl) and Billy Gibson (Connie), her sister Felicia Bryant (Danny), her children, Mitchell Lee Haubert (Amy), Melissa Cayanna Miller (Brian), Amanda Louise and Shayna Gray McQueen, her grandchildren, Mary Grace, Mitchell Lee III, Samuel Jedediah, Henry George, Chloe Belle, and Thaddeus Haubert, Alexandria Lee Sellers, and Oaklynn Gayle Reese, her Aunt Sue, and all her first cousins who were like her sisters and brothers. Melissa Gayle is preceded in death by her husband, George Edward McQueen, Jr. They were married August 22, 1986, shared three daughters of their own and brought together three sons and a daughter making it a full house with a lifetime’s worth of memories. She will be deeply missed by her children, grandchildren, family, friends, and all who were privileged to meet and know her.

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, February 23, 2021

  • Chapel Service

    Wednesday, February 24, 2021

  • Burial

    Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Memories

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Jim Alice Cullars

February 24, 2021

Missy was a friend to anyone she met and especially loved by the Alabama Army National Guard. Her husband Ed and Father Hoot were members and full time staff also. Missy loved her family and her friends and was always part of everything. My prayers to her family.

Jill Abernathy

February 24, 2021

Melissa was a beautiful person inside and out. I was truly blessed to call her my precious niece, good friend and sister in Christ. I am so glad we were able to keep in touch through the years. Rest In Peace sweetie. I will see you soon!!

Charlotte Elmore

February 23, 2021

So sorry to hear this. Prayers for the family.

Arthur Jackson

February 23, 2021

My Sincerest Condolences, She was Wonderful Always!

Harold “Skip” Royster

February 23, 2021

Missy and her sweet baby girl were two of the sweetest people one could ever know. Their loss well be greatly missed. Prayers lifted for the family 🇺🇸🙏🏻🙏🏻

Ed and Lou Tatum

February 23, 2021

Words cannot express the sadness we feel after hearing of Missy’s and MyCala’s passing. We worked with Missy, Ed and Hoot, and, as others have expressed, we remember Missy’s sweet smile, her hard work and her beautiful self! We are praying for all of the family at this time of loss. We love y’all!

Sandra Todd

February 23, 2021

Hoot and family, my heartfelt condolences for all. I loved Missy from our first meeting. She was special. I’ll always remember the evening she told a small group of us that she had news but we had to drag it out of her. She had just found out that she was pregnant with MyCala. She was busting and so excited. And wondering about her age. She wasn’t just my friend but she loved my children too. That’s what’s best about being a Guard family. It’s for a lifetime. Love y’all and you’re in my prayer. Sandra Todd

LINDA DEMARCO

February 23, 2021

I worked with Ed and Missy in the National Guard in the 1990s at STARC. I am so sorry for your lost.

Rodgie Parker

February 23, 2021

Praying for the extended family, the family members and friends. May God's grace and mercy be with you in the coming days. Amen

Christy and Randy Timmons

February 23, 2021

Our prayers are with all of the family during this time of sorrow. I just met Mrs. McQueen the one time at Cate and Brian Miller's wedding and bridal shower. I was just in awe of her nails. Oh my heavens I had never seen that up close. How she did anything just amazed me. She is so beautiful. No wonder her children are so beautiful as well. We met Cala once at the wedding and bridal shower as well and she was just so happy. She just went around the room just talking to everyone. We are so blessed to have met them. Stay blessed, stay faithful, you are loved all of you! God has got this.
With Sincerest condolences,
Christy and Randy Timmons