Frank Gibson

Published 12:00 am Friday, August 13, 2010

Funeral services for Frank Leslie Gibson, M.D., 88, of Bainbridge, will be held Saturday, Aug. 14, at 3 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Bainbridge with Dr. Gerald Little officiating.

Born July 17, 1922, in Thomasville, Ga., Mr. Gibson died on Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010, in Bainbridge.

Mr. Gibson graduated from Thomasville High School in 1938. He attended Georgia Military College in Milledgeville, Ga., for one year before continuing his education at Emory University in Atlanta. He received three degrees from Emory, including a bachelor’s degree in 1942, a Doctor of Medicine in 1944 and a Medical Residency degree in 1950. While at Emory, he was a member of Kappa Alpha fraternity, Alpha Omega Alpha, the highest medical society, and Phi Beta Kappa scholastic society.

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He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1945 and served as the ship’s physician aboard the USS Yavapai in the China Sea. He was active duty for seven years and in the Navy Reserves for 45 years, retiring as a commander.

On March 24, 1946, Dr. Gibson married Annie Elizabeth Teaver of LaGrange, Ga. The couple met in Atlanta where he was completing his surgical residency at Henry Grady Memorial Hospital, and she was a nurse at the Piedmont Hospital. They lived in Norfolk, Va., Savannah, Ga., and Atlanta before moving to Bainbridge in 1952. During the Korean War, he was recalled by the Navy for duty at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

In Bainbridge, he practiced medicine at two private hospitals, Riverside Hospital and Bainbridge Hospital. In 1959 and 1960, he served as the medical consultant for the construction of Memorial Hospital of Bainbridge. For 25 years between 1962 and 1987, he dedicated his service as the medical consultant for the Georgia Division of Rehabilitation Services. He also served many years as the surgeon for the Seaboard Coastline Railroad. After retiring from private practice, he joined the medical staff at Bainbridge State Hospital where he enjoyed working for an additional 10 years.

He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Bainbridge for more than 50 years and was honored to be an elder emeritus. He was recently inducted into the Corpus Cordis Aureum, Emory Alumni Association’s distinguished group of alumni from 50 years ago or earlier.

Dr. Gibson enjoyed reading, fishing, hunting, traveling and riding his tractor.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Kathrine Gibson McDonald and Mary Lois Gibson, and a brother, Ernest Leslie Gibson.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Elizabeth Gibson of Bainbridge; two daughters, Kathrine Schnabel of Sioux Falls, S.D., and Elizabeth Murphy of Bainbridge; a son, Frank L. Gibson Jr. of Panama City, Fla.; two grandsons and a host of other family and friends.

Ivey Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.