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William Patrick Gibbons

Sunday, February 2, 2003

William Patrick Gibbons, 88, of Cherokee Village died Jan. 16, 2002, at Eaglecrest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Ash Flat.

Born in Cincinnati, he was the son of Anna H. and Thomas Gibbons. He worked for Wright Aeronautical as a plant foreman, manufacturing ammunition for World War II. He then worked for National Lead of Ohio, also as a plant foreman, refining uranium for the AEC. He was a 32nd degree Mason, Shriner, a member of Scottish Rite Masons, Master of Cheviot Lodge and was a member of Cherokee Village United Methodist Church.

After retiring he moved to Cherokee Village where he worked as a lake patroller and managed the North and South Golf Course pro shops when they opened. He was a member and tournament director for the ASGA and was instrumental in the Arkansas State Junior Golf Association helping young people earn golf scholarships. He also was an EMT and a charter member of the hospice board. He was the South Golf Course ranger for the last few years of his life.

As a member of Cherokee Village United Methodist Church he sang in the choir. He was also a charter member of Cherokee Village Community Chorus singing with them for over 25 years.

Survivors include his wife, Denise Adams Gibbons; two daughters -- Gloria Beshalske of Cincinnati, and Pat Kiefer of Knoxville, Tenn.; a stepdaughter -- Stephanie Kendrick of Bono; seven grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and two wives -- Adrienne Corry Gibbons and Marjory Blankenbuehler Gibbons.

The funeral was Jan. 20 at Cherokee Village United Methodist Church with Jim West officiating. Burial followed in Cherokee Village United Meth-odist Church's Columbarium.

Arrangements were under the direction of Heath Funeral Home Oak Hill Chapel of Hardy.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Research Foundation, 512 S. Rock, Suite 101, Little Rock, AR 72202.