Charles Hamer Gibson passed away May 8, 2015. Born April 6, 1921, Charlie grew up in Tatum, South Carolina, and graduated with honors from the Citadel before being commissioned a lieutenant in the Army. During WWII, while stationed at Fort Bliss, he met and married Virginia Seawell and the couple made El Paso their lifelong home after the War. Active in business and civic affairs, Charley was President of the Jaycees and selected as one of its five Outstanding Young Texans statewide. Charley was also active in politics and helped establish the Republican Party in El Paso by becoming its first candidate to run for Congress and later its County Chairman. He was invited to the White House where he met President Dwight Eisenhower, and he was chosen to introduce Ronald Reagan during his first Presidential campaign. Charley’s other volunteer activities included coaching an American Legion junior baseball team, serving as an Elder and Sunday School teacher in his church, and chairing th El Paso Sanitation Board. During his career as a General Agent for Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Company, Charley earned the Chartered Life Underwriter designation, consistently qualified for the Million dollar Round Table, and was president of the GA Agents and Managers Association. From 1963-1987 he served on the Board of Surety Savings Association. Charley was preceded in death by his sister, Alawee Tucker, and his son, Charles H. Gibson, Jr.. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Virginia Gibson, his daughter, Cathy Daily of San Antonio, four grandchildren Claire Jopling (Jim) of El Paso, Ginny Skogland of San Antonio, Charles H. Gibson, III (Augusta) of Truth or Consequences, NM, and Veronica Gibson of Belen, NM, and six great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at Fort Bliss National Cemetery on Friday, May 15, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. with Military Honors. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society .
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