Kenneth Earl Gibbs
Kenneth Earl Gibbs, of Wortham, passed away May 10, 2013 at his home at the age of 68.
Visitation with the family will be held at the Wortham First United Methodist Church from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 12. Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, May 13 with the Rev. Harris Worcester and Doug Miller officiating.
He was born Dec. 10, 1944. At an early age, Ken and his family moved to California and finally settled into the small community of Hemitt where Ken spent the majority of his school years. He gave his life to God at an early age, attended seminary school during his senior year and graduated as an ordained minister. Ken and family moved to Nebraska and started a church which is still very active and has grown considerably from the early days of meeting in his home.
Upon returning to Texas, Ken decided to take a leave of absence from the ministry and begin a new career as a salesman and repairman of sewing machines and vacuum cleaners. He discovered his calling and made a lifelong career doing what he did best, making people happy (especially the ladies) by fixing their sewing machines and/or restoring older machines that had special sentimental value.
After working in retail and owning his own store in the Houston area for years, Ken and Susan decided to pack up and leave the chaos of smog and traffic and move to Wortham. Ken’s Sew & Vac was opened and the rest is history.
Ken treasured the blessings of faith, family and friends. He knew the Lord and always said God allowed him to live way past the usual life expectancy after receiving a double lung transplant in the year 2000 because he felt God had a purpose for him on earth. Ken’s love for Wortham and the desire to make a difference prompted him to serve on the City Council for several years and ended with him becoming mayor for a short time before health issues caused him to resign. He was also recognized as the founder of the Presbyterian’s peanut brittle fundraising project each holiday season.
Ken leaves us with many wonderful memories. He touched and influenced many lives. Those who knew Ken would agree he was a wonderful, caring person. He was loved and will be greatly missed.
Ken is preceded in death by his parents; former wife, Sondra; son, Brian; grandson, Joshua; sisters Kathy and Doris; brother, Keith; and mother-in-law, Grace Sims.
Survivors include his wife and best friend, Susan; sons and daughters-in-law Brandon and Francis Gibbs and Chad and Kelli Burks; daughter and son-in-law Rebecca and James Dove; sister, Alice Hall; mother-in-law, Myrtle Hanes; sisters and brothers in-law Dave and Karen DeLille, Yvonne and Jimmy Costello, Danny and Sandra Marshall and Tom and Sherri Jakubowski; grandchildren, Devon Gibbs, Nathan and Owen Burks, Evelyn and Sondra Dove, Jaedyn and Larame Stapleton and Jessica Buchanan; and great grandchild, Aubrey Burks, as well several nephews and nieces.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the First United Methodist Church of Wortham or Providence Hospice at 107 E. Commerce Street in Mexia.
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Porter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.