Bobby Glen Gibbs Sr. was born Oct. 18, 1938, in Morris Chapel, the son of the late Finley “Tony” and Harue Moffett Gibbs.
He was united in marriage to Patsy George on June 21, 1959. They were members of First Christian Church in Adamsville where they loved their family church.
Bobby started his career with Frito Lay in Memphis, as he progressed with the company they relocated to Birmingham, Alabama and then on to Athens, Georgia where he was district sales manager. In 1972, Bobby, Patsy, Bobby Jr. and Kathy decided to return to Bobby’s hometown and restore Bobby’s childhood home in Crump. Through his work ethics and dedication to the company, Frito Lay gave him a truck and merchandise for him to establish his own route in his hometown and surrounding areas. In 1978, Bobby and the family decided to make their home in Adamsville. In 2000, he retired from Frito Lay with 37 years of service. Bobby’s love for antiques inspired him to be an avid collector of Gas and Oil memorabilia, leading him to open Gibbs Gas and Oil in downtown Adamsville. He was also an antique car and tractor enthusiast. He and Patsy traveled throughout the South to tractor shows. Two of his many antique cars were sold and shipped all the way to England.
He is survived by his wife Patsy; his daughter, Kathy Milford (Chris) of Adamsville. He was the best Papaw in the world to Kellie Milford Battles (Cale) of Savannah and Kristina Milford of Memphis. He was Papaw Bob to two very special great-grandsons, Casen and Collin Battles; and a very special sister who is the glue to the Gibbs family, Martha Gibbs Davey (Mel); sister-in-laws, Ernestine, Lois, Kay, Martha Ray, Josie, Becky and Diana. He also leaves behind a host of nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Bobby was preceded in death by a son, Bobby Glen Gibbs Jr. and daughter-in-law, Betsy Tapp Gibbs; nine brothers, John Elmer, WM (Snow), Hoover, Joe, Ray, Fay, Kenny, Billy and Donny. Also, three sisters, Charlyne Gibbs Powell, Margaret Gibbs Scott and Louise Gibbs Watson.
Services were held on Thursday, April 19, at 3 p.m., at Shackelford Funeral Directors of Adamsville with Michael Gibbs, Clint Hopper and Kristina Milford officiating. Burial followed at Pine Hill Memorial Gardens, Adamsville.
Pallbearers: Jeff, Tony, Donny, Danny, Jerry, Matt and Blake Gibbs, Mel Davey III, Cale Battles. Honorary Bearers: Davey Franks, Jack Coffman, Ralph Amos, Frank Lacey, Willie Jones, Phillip Huggins, Tommy Morris.
Fern Hayes Meadors, 101 years old, of Memphis, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, April 15. She passed away peacefully at her home after a long illness, surrounded by her family.
Fern was born on Oct. 22, 1916, in Darden, Tennessee, to James Garfield Hayes and Clyda Mae Davis Hayes. She was married for 50 years to Lemley Clayborne Meadors, formerly of Saltillo, who preceded her in death.
She is survived by her daughter, Peggy Revalee and son-in-law, Jerry Sr., and two grandsons, Jerry Jr. and Joel.
Funeral service was Friday, April 20, at 2 p.m., at Forest Hill Funeral Home East, 901-382-1000.
Austin Blake Riley Melson, of Clifton, departed this life on Sunday, April 15, at the age of 20 years, 7 months and 27 days.
He was born in Selmer on Aug. 19, 1997, the son of Brian Melson and Teresa Austin Ervin.
Blake was an active member of the U.S. Army Reserve 663 Engineer Company out of Florence, Alabama and employed with Corecivic in Clifton as a correctional sergeant. He was a member of Mt. Hermon Baptist Church in Savannah. Blake loved to fish and hunt.
He is survived by his mother, Teresa Austin Ervin of Clifton; father, Brian Melson and his wife Kim of Savannah; sister, Brittany Melson and her fiancé Corey Young of Tampa, Florida; stepsister, Lilli Stanfill of Savannah; grandparents, Ricky and Elva Dicus of Clifton, Ben and Christine Melson of Savannah; great-grandmother, Ruby DeShazier of Savannah; girlfriend, Geneva Shannon of Savannah; and a multitude of friends.
Blake was preceded in death by his grandfather, Willie Austin; and great-grandfather, John Melson.
Services were held on Thursday, April 19, at 11 a.m., at Mount Hermon Baptist Church in Savannah with Ben Rivers officiating. Burial followed in Holland’s Creek United Methodist Church at Savannah.
Laura Kay Gladden Renfro was born Dec. 23, 1961, in Memphis.
She departed this life on Tuesday, April 17, in Adamsville, at the age of 56 years, 3 months, 25 days.
She was married to David Renfro on Nov. 5, 1982. Laura met David on the side of the road with car trouble in Little Rock, Arkansas, on the way to visit her father in Texas. David was driving an 18-wheeler and she was driving a Ford Pinto.
Laura drove the truck with her husband for more than 15 years, coast-to-coast, running her CB handle – Lady Hard Times. She enjoyed traveling the country. Later, she worked at the Apple Barrel in Adamsville for seven years. Due to health issues Laura had to stop working. Although her health was declining, Laura enjoyed staying home with her children.
Amazing, devoted, giver, loving, immaculate housekeeper, nurturer, strong and humble are a few words that best describe Laura. She was not one to worry over material things, her family and friends were most important to her. She was the glue that bound her family together. Laura loved her husband with everything she had. She was strong, brave and fought hard. She loved her kids and grandkids. Laura was the best friend a person could have.
She is survived by her husband, David Renfro; two daughters, Jennifer Lynn Parker and husband Jr, Candice Michelle Steely and husband PJ; a son, Douglas Renfro and companion Hannah Gagyi, all of Adamsville; her father, Jesse D. Gladden Sr. of Texas; her mother, Patsy Jean Scallion Perry of Morris Chapel; two sisters, Linda Marie Andrews of Memphis, Karen Harkins and husband Jeff of Pennsylvania; half-sister, Jemesia Rutherford of Texas; two brothers, Jesse D. Gladden and wife Jamie of Texas, Bobby Franklin Perry and wife Stephanie of Morris Chapel; three grandchildren: Antonio Marquise Gatlin, Hunter Levi Steely, Logan Edward Steely; cousins, Michael and Sinda Ditto and kids, Belinda Pendley and husband Darren, Pat Leathers and husband Mike, Tony and Lynn Huffman, Cyndi and Gene Goodwin, Barba and Jerry Tamboli; nieces and nephews, Christopher Flores and wife Jennifer and kids, Ricky Flores and kids, Dwight Gladden, Justin Gladden, Ashley Ross, Katelyn Gladden, Caleb Gladden, Crystal Latch and kids, Glen Latch, Chase Self and kids, Tony Perry and Christina Perry, and extended family.
Mrs Renfro was preceded in death by a daughter, Kayce Renee Renfro, born 8/16/83, passed 4/2/15; a grandchild, Traci Lynn Steely, born 4/7/08, passed 4/2/11; stepfather, Edward Eugene Perry of Memphis.
Services were held on Saturday, April 21, at 1 p.m., at Shackelford Funeral Directors in Savannah with Jeff Harkins and Ronnie Sanders officiating. Burial followed in Crump Cemetery at Crump.
U.L. White, 64, of Woodbridge, Virginia, passed away on Monday, April 9, after a short battle with cancer.
He was the son of James and Christine White of Savannah who predeceased him.
He is survived by his wife, Andrea; two daughters, Laura White and Gina Sahonero; three granddaughters; and two sisters, Maryann Doyle and Jane Skelton.
Services were held in Triangle, Virginia. Arrangements by Miller Funeral Home, www.millerfuneralhome.net.