Earnest W. Gibson

Earnest W. Gibson (Ernie) age 83 of Maryville, passed away Monday, March 14, 2011 at Asbury Place. He was a member of Maryville Baptist Tabernacle where he served as song leader for many years and loved gospel music. Ernie has now joined the Heavenly Choir. He was a veteran of the United States Navy and retired from ALCOA after 37 years or service. Earnest also was a member of the Masonic lodge. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Margaret Gibson; daughter, Shirley Sweet; infant son, David Gibson; son, Rick Gibson; parents, Ollie and Liddie Gibson; brothers, Gene and Crowder Gibson; sisters, Stella Tilley and Juanita Plemmons. He is survived by; wife, Toy Gibson; daughters and sons-in-law, Cathy and Allen Bryant, Onita and John McCaulley all of Maryville; daughter-in-law, Barbara Gibson; son-in-law, Otie Sweet; 19 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren, brother and sister-in-law, Freddie and Mildred Gibson of Alcoa; sister, Ann Blair of Harriman, TN.; step-children, Johnny and Charlie Teffeteller, Diane Ball and Susie Hudson; many nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be at 7:00 p.m. , Tuesday, March 15, 2011 in the Trinity Chapel of Smith Funeral and Cremation Service with Rev. Rick Smelcher officiating. Family and friends will assemble at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 16, 2011at Pleasant Hill Methodist Church Cemetery for the interment with Rev. George Macht officiating. Memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 211 Center Park Drive, Suite 3010, Knoxville, TN 37922, or American Society, 2330 Chesterfield Drive, Maryville, TN 37803, or East TN Children’s Hospital, 2018 Clinch Avenue, Knoxville, TN. The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Smith Funeral and Cremation Service, Maryville. www.smithmortuary.com