Raymond L. Gibson, Sr.

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Raymond L. Gibson, Sr. was born on June 20, 1942, in Columbus, Ohio to John and Wetona Gibson. He grew up on Miami Ave in Old Towne East.

Raymond graduated from East High School in Columbus, Ohio. He went into the U.S. Airforce where he served his country for 4 years as a teletype operator and was honorably discharged. After leaving the Airforce he began working at Western Union as a teletype operator. It was around this time that he met and married Eliner Joyce (Dudley) on May 10, 1968. During that time he worked at RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company. The Lord blessed them with 53 years of marriage and to their union, they have 3 children. He was extremely devoted to his family.

Ray was baptized into the Ephesus Seventh-day Adventist church in 1973 where he began his walk with God. Because of his conviction, he was called to the colporteur ministry, selling Adventist books and spreading the word of God where he befriended Vernon Cartwright (Lil Joe). He was very dedicated to his church family as well. He served in various roles in the church such as Sabbath School Superintendent, Sabbath School teacher, and Usher Ministry Leader to name a few. There are too many church friends to name but some of them include brothers in ministry: Lucius Sullivan, Sr., Melvin Bethea, Alvin Foster, James Dowell, David Harmon, Frank Hale Jr. (deceased), Charles Glenn, Donnie Cantrell, Sr., and Joe Mitchell. He obtained many awards one of which was the Ephesus Adventist Man of the Year.

Ray worked for Pop Reeves in Janitorial and soon wanted his own business. He started a janitorial service that blossomed into a prosperous business. Through his business, he developed many associates and good friends. Some of the relationships built were with Miles & McClullan, Ruscilli, McDaniels, Gilbane, Duke, Turner, Smoot, and Reiner. As a result, his magnetic personality afforded him heaven-sent brothers in Dick Holstein, Dwayne Holstein, Roger Holstein, Donald Klopfenstein, Jeff Werner, Russ Drummond, Lonnie Miles, Dan Moncrief, John Kenny and Robert Henry Sr., their friendship spanning over 30 years.

Ray began his bout with Depressive Dementia in 2013. Even though he was a patient at the Alzheimer’s center, he would go in other patients’ rooms, get on his knees and pray for them. He loved the church so much during the early stages he was trying to complete the task of painting the church ultimately his son finished for him because he was adamant about finishing it in time for the Sabbath. He fought a long and tedious battle, but on June 5th, 2021 succumbed to this disease. Ray Gibson ended this life, he fought the good fight, finished his course and our Savior gave him rest.

He is preceded in death by his parents, John and Wetona Gibson, Edward Dawkins, stepfather, Hattie Cromwell, maternal grandmother, and sister, Carol Gibson. He leaves to cherish his memory his beloved wife, Joyce, children, Janet Gibson, Raymond L. Gibson Jr., and Cealana (Paul) Crockett. Grandchildren: Jillian Gibson, Sherman L. Moorer, Gabrielle Ross, Cealana-Jennifer Ross, Trevon Ceasar, Alana Crockett, Xavier Gibson, Laila Gibson, and great-grandson, Julian Nii Atiapah.


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Visitation 10:00am and Funeral Service 11:00 AM Friday, June 18, 2021 at Columbus Ephesus Seventh Day Adventist Church, 3650 Sunbury Road. Private Interment at Dayton National Cemetery. Ministry of Comfort entrusted to MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE EAST, 5456 E. Livingston Ave.

Condolence Messages

  1. Joyce may God comfort you in your time of sadness prayers for you and your family love you ❤️

    Janet Perry

    • In behalf of my mom and our family, Thank you for your kind words and prayers, they mean so much to all of us!

      Janet Gibson, Eldest Daughter of Ray and Joyce

  2. Lisa M Vinson

    Bro Gibson will be missed. Condolences.
    Emma and Lisa Vinson

    • Lisa and Sis Vinson, thank you both, yes dad will truly be missed, we’ll see him again! We love you both!


  3. Vickie Glinski

    Dearest Joyce,

    I’m so terribly sorry to learn of Ray’s passing. Wishing you and your family God’s comfort and care as you celebrate Ray’s life.

    • In mom’s behalf, thank you for you kind word, so happy to see someone else that knew my dad! God bless!

      The Gibson Children
      Janet, Ray jr., and Cealana

  4. Vernon cartwright

    It is a pleasure to have known Ray. Our friendship continue throughout the years. God knows just when he need to rest. Ray is asleep, just waiting to be awaken when the voice of God is heard. My prayers are with you.

    • Brother Cartwright, thank you for your kind words, you were a great friend and I know how much that friendship met to dad, and still means to mom. May God continue to be with you and I know if I live like dad, I’ll get to see him again. We all love you, you’re in our prayers as well. God Bless!


  5. Karen (Scott) Wareham

    May God keep his loving arms wrapped around you, keep you in His Gracious care, and bring you comfort during this time of transition – Aunt Joyce. You already know what a tremendous loving, caring, God-filled man Uncle Raymond was and why he was loved by us all! His spirit will always live on in all of us. May he Rest In Peace. Peace be with you and Skeeter – love you both!

    • Thank you so much for your loving words, we appreciate your prayers and kindness shown our family during our time of such great loss. May God bless you and your family.

      Gibson Children,
      Janet, Ray jr., and Cealana

  6. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
    Continue to rely on God and know that he hears your prayers, because he cares for you. Truly sorry for your loss.

    • Thank you for your kind condolences to our family! May God Bless you.

      Gibson Children
      Janet, Ray jr., and Cealana

  7. Brian and Susan Norris

    Uncle Raymond, you will be missed and ever loved so much!
    Thank you for your love and guidance as I grew up on Penfield, spending time with Lolly and hanging out on those fun summer nights! To the entire Gibson family, Aunt Joyce, Janis, Skeet and Lolly, please accept my sincere prayers and love. Remember he is ALWAYS with you, continue to keep is spirit alive in all that you do! Thank you the years I will hold dear to my heart, always willing to share and embrace many more years. I love you all unconditionally..Rest easy Uncle Raymond ..Job well done.

    • Hey Susan! Thank you and Brian, it was a lifetime ago living on Penfield and enjoying our childhood. Its comforting to know others miss dad like we are. We love you. God bless you and they family!

      Jan, Skeet and Lolly

  8. Brian and Susan Norris

    I’m sorry I spelled Janet’s name wrong ..charge it to my watering eyes! Nothing but love to you all

  9. Harriet Martin-Grace

    To The Gibson Family;
    I remember Ray as a man of loved the Lord and anyone he met. He would remind people in the hall of Ephesus to please stop talking. This is the House of The Lord !!!!
    Every office Ray held he served with all his heart. He was a great example of the Christian Man.
    May your memories of him bring you sweet peace in the years to come.

    • Harriet in behalf of mom, thank you so much for your memories of dad and the kind words, we miss him but have peace in knowing we’ll see him again! God bless you and your family

      (Joyce), Janet, Ray jr., & Cealana

  10. Kelley Bender

    So Sorry to see you go Uncle Raymond love you

  11. Family, I’m so sorry I couldn’t attend the services. Please know that I love you all and am grieving the loss of such a wonderful and funny man. My prayers are with you all.

    • Thank you cousin, we know you share in our grief, all the nuggets miss him greatly! We love you, talk to you soon, God bless!!

      (Joyce), Jan, Skeet n CeCe

  12. Dear Joyce would have reached out to you sooner I just now found Raymond’s obituary was looking for it around the time he died I couldn’t find it if you do know me I was his roommate at Pickerington care and Rehab it was a fun guy happy person we sure had some good times together I was the one that snuck him and food and fed him just the look on his face I know he really enjoyed it hope you are doing well I am not there anymore I left before things got bad and I hope that his children are doing well tell his son thank you 4 doing the right thing and suing that place or what they were doing to the patients yours truly William “Bill”Stookey

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