"Tribute to Civil War Veterans" Van Zandt County Genealogical Society Civil War Veterans Obituaries
We would like to share with researchers our Tribute to Civil War Veterans who lived out their lives in Van Zandt County. Many came here from other states. The following is an obituary found in the collection of old newspapers on microfilm in the Library of Genealogy and Local History, Canton, TX. If you have an obituary of a Civil War Veteran ancestor and would like to share, please contact Sibyl. We would be happy to add your material to this site.
William Walker Gibson Wills Point Chronicle
May 21, 1914
CONFEDERATE VETERAN AND OLD CITIZEN WHO DIED FRIDAY
DEATH OF W. W. GIBSON
W. W. Gibson died at his late residence in Grand Saline Friday afternoon, May 15, at 3 o'clock. Mr. Gibson had been in bad health for some time and had been confined to his room for several weeks. His condition became much worse Thursday night when he became unconscious, and he never regained consciousness. The remains were brought to Wills Point Saturday afternoon on passenger train No. 1, accompanied by the family and a number of friends, and interment took place at White Rose cemetery. Funeral services were conducted at the grave by Rev. L. L. Lloyd, pastor of the Wills Point Methodist church. Many beautiful floral offerings were in evidence as mute token of love and esteem. A large number of friends and acquaintances gathered at the grave to pay a last sad tribute to the memory of the deceased, but many were prevented from attending by the inclemency of the weather. The following Confederate veterans served as pall bearers: Sim Florence of Grand Saline, T. F. Wilson, Jas. A. Harris, W. M. C. Dawson, T. J. McKain and H. F. Goodnight.
William Walker Gibson was born in Tippah county, Miss., June 21, 1847, and thus was 67 years of age at the time of his demise. His parents moved to Batesville, Ark., when he was a small child. At the age of 14 years he enlisted in the Confederate army on June 16, 1861, joining Co. G, Seventh Arkansas regiment, Govan's brigade. Cleburne's division, army of Tennessee. He participated in the battles of Liberty Gap, Chicamauga, Missionary Ridge, Ringgold Gap, Resaca, New Hope Church, Kenesaw, Atlanta, Jonesboro, Lovejoy, Franklin, Nashville and Bentonville. Was severely wounded in the battle of Liberty Gap and slightly wounded in the battle of Ringgold Gap. Surrendered under Gen. J. E. Johnson at Greensboro, N. C., on April 24, 1865. Out of the 140 men who composed Co. G, Seventh Arkansas regiment, he was one of only five who lived to surrender at the close of the war. For the last two years of the war he was a member of Co. D, Sixth and Seventh (consolidated) regiment, Govan's brigade, Cleburne's division (up to the battle of Franklin, where that lamented officer fell.) When up in North Carolina and only a few weeks before General Johnson surrendered, they had, owing to the depletion of their ranks, another consolidation, in which the whole of Govan's brigade was made one regiment and the Sixth and Seventh Arkansas regiment were made into one company and commanded by Capt. Geo. R. Todd, in Brown's division, Cheatham's corps, army of Tennessee.
At the close of the war Mr. Gibson returned to his home at Batesville, Ark. and a year or so later he moved to Galvaston, Texas, where he entered a business college and afterwards embarked in the cotton business at that place. He married Miss Katie M. Lewis of Batesville, Ark., on Sept. 5, 1870. United with the trinity Episcopal church in Galvaston the same year and was a consistent member all his life. Removed to Wills Point in the fall of 1876, where he resided for 32 years and engaged in the land business. He moved from here to Grand Saline in 1908, where he was also engaged in the land business in connection with the fire insurance firm of Gibson & Gibson, the junior member of the firm being his oldest son, W. P. Gibson, and the insurance department being in charge of his daughter, Miss Florence.
The deceased is survived by his widow, three sons, Walter P. Gibson of Grand Saline, Fred and Willard Gipson of Van Horn, and one daughter, Miss Florence Gibson of Grand Saline. All of the immediate family, together with Mrs. Willard Gibson and the following friends of the family, accompanied the remains here from Grand Saline: Mr. and Mrs. Jno. M. Deen, Mr. and Mrs. Alsup, Sim Florence, Mrs. Lucy Wilderspin, Mrs. J. W. Germany, Mrs. J. A. Germany, A. F. Adrian and Rev. L. L. Lloyd.
Mr. Gibson was a good man and useful citizen and has a large circle of friends in Wills Point and all over this section, who sincerely regret his death and join the Chronicle in extending sympathy to the bereaved family in their sad hour.
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