Rev. Dr. Ed Wayne Gibson, 81, of Gray, passed away Wednesday evening, March 17, 2021 at his home surrounded by his family.  He was the son of the late Walter and Effie Garrison Gibson born on September 14, 1939 in Knox County.

Ed Wayne was the former owner and operator of Gibson Trucking Co.  In earlier years, he served our community as Knox County Jailer, an officer with the Barbourville Police Department and a Knox County Deputy Sheriff.  He was a member and long-time pastor of the New Covenant Church until his recent retirement.  Ed Wayne enjoyed reading and sharing the word of God, singing, being outdoors and spending time with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.  He also loved to spend time in his man cave.

On October 4, 1958, he united in marriage with Nora Dell Howard and to this union six children were born.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four sisters, Marie Blair, Laura Laverne Surgener, Jean Brooks and Maude Dean Stewart; a brother, Darrell Gibson and a grandson, Ricky Gibson.

Survivors include his loving wife of over 62 years, Nora Dell Gibson of Gray; six beloved children, Darlena Barton and husband, Roy, of Corbin, Ricky Gibson and wife, Paula, of London, Doug Gibson and wife, Karen, of Gray, Karen Branstutter of Gray, Shelia Hibbard and husband, Jimmy, of Corbin and David Gibson and wife, Liz, of Dalton, GA; a sister, Janie Montgomery of Richmond; 20 cherished grandchildren; 29 great grandchildren; among other loved ones and dear friends.

His funeral service will be conducted at the New Covenant Church Sunday, March 21 at 2 P.M. with Rev. Jamie Buchanan and Rev. Dr. Mike Smith officiating.  He will be laid to rest in the Gilbert Cemetery.

Casket bearers will be Brandon Barton, Chris Gibson, Cody Bunch, Jay Hildebrand, Braden Petrey and Landon Hildebrand.  Serving as honorary bearers will be Travis Branstutter and Cody Gibson.

Friends may call at the church Saturday after 6 P.M. and Sunday after 12 Noon until the funeral hour.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Knox Funeral Home.

Please remember, during the continuing COVID-19 event, capacity restrictions, social distancing and the wearing of face coverings as mandated by the Governor of Kentucky will be followed during all services.  We appreciate your help with these guidelines so we can continue to serve our community during these trying times in the safest manner possible.

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