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Friday August 20, 1999


DILLON-- Services for James Breeden Gibson, 88, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Sunset Memorial Park, Bennettsville. Visitation will be at the home, 1310 Richards St. Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Pee Dee, 555 E. Cheves St., Florence, SC 29506. Whitner-Evans Funeral Home is in charge.

Mr. Gibson died Thursday, August 19, 1999 at St. Eugene Hospital. Born January 3, 1911 in Dillon County, he was a son ofthe late James Breeden Sr. and Argent Bethea Gibson. He was a graduate of Wofford College, the U.S.C. Law School, and was admitted to the S.C. Bar in 1933. He was a practicing attorney in Dillon until his retirement in 1978.

He served two terms in the S.C. House of Representatives, served five years in the U.S. Air Corps during World War II, entering as a Second Lt. and discharged as Lt. Colonel. He served two years in China with the Flying Tigers of the 14th Air Force, first as Assistant Supply Officer of Chinese American Composite Wing and later of the 14th Air Force and was awarded two battle stars. He was a survivor of the sinking of the H.M.S Rohna during World War II in the Mediterranean. He was a member of the American Legion and V.F.W. He served as president of the Dillon Chamber of Commerce, Dillon County Bar Association, and the Dillon Rotary Club.He served as Dillon County Attorney, was a member of Dillon Cotillion Club and secretary of the Dillon Country Club, Inc. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the First Citizens Bank of S.C. and a member of the local Advisory Board of the First Citizens Bank of Dillon. A lifelong member of Main Street United Methodist Church, he was a teacher in the Men's Bible Class for over 35 years and president of the Board of Trustees for more than 20 years.

Surviving are his sister, Mrs. Argent G. Whitner; nephew, Dr. Church Whitner Jr., both of Bennettsville; niece, Mrs. Frances W. Bethea of Marion; great-nephew, Charles Tatum Bethea of Atlanta.

Submitted by Carolyn Klear, 13 Jul 2004.

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