He was born Feb. 28, 1932, in Black, Alabama. He started working on his daddy’s farm at a very early age. He came to Central Florida as a teenager to pick fruit. He started driving a truck and hauling fruit for Minute Maid, which later became coca Cola Foods. He received several awards for safe driving. Throughout the 35 years, he drove more than 3 million miles without an accident.
After retiring, he moved to live on the waters of Little Lake Harris, where he loved to boat and fish. He loved telling stories to his family, grandkids and friends.
He is survived by his loving wife, Carol, of Tavares, Florida; children, Robert Gibson, of Astatula, Cynthia Griffin, of Ocoee, Diane McCoy, of Ocoee, Rose Griffin, of Ocoee, and James Lloyd Gibson, of Brazil, Indiana; stepdaughter, Debbie Foster, of Apopka; stepson, Brian Gibson, of Orlando; sisters, Mellaree Carlton, of Tavares, Vyleta Skipper, of Winter Garden and Debbie Gibson; 20 grandchildren; several great grandchildren; and multiple nieces and nephews.