(images courtesy 'Mike')
Grave marker for
Commie Gibbs in Section 22 of the Sunset Cemetery, Shelby
Commie enlisted in the Army on 25 Nov 1940 in Jacksonville,
He was apparently an early entrant into the parachutist ranks and
served with the 505th PIR in Sicily.
Commie was a member of Hq 1st, 508th as well. Based on the obituary
statement that he was wounded in France, he must have been
transferred prior to the Normandy invasion.
SHELBY — Commie Gibbs, 83, 121 Palmer St., died July 24, 2000,
at Cleveland Regional Medical Center.
He was a native of Marshall, Ala., son of the late Zerah Thomas
and Eliza Graves Gibbs. Retired from Bost Bakery, member of
Eastside Baptist Church, Mason, Army World War II veteran,
Corporal 505th Parachute Infantry, who received three Bronze
Stars, Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster, European African
Middle Eastern Theatre Ribbon and Silver Star, wounded in France
and Sicily battles.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Betty Walker Gibbs; son and daughter-in-law,
Richard and Sharon Gibbs, Glen Burnie, Md.; daughters, Nancy
Newton, Mayo, S.C., Linda Rudicil, Clemmons, S.C.;
grandchildren, Karen and Robert Harrill, Jeff Gibbs, Michelle
Schwanke, Jennifer Rudicil, Scot Rudicil; great-grandchildren,
Megan and Robert Harrill.
GRAVESIDE SERVICE: 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sunset Cemetery, Dr.
Harold Fite, with full military honors
VISITATION: 9:30-10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Cecil M. Burton Funeral