SAN ANTONIO – Dr. William “Bill” Thomas Gibbs, Jr. DDS, age 89 of San Antonio, and formerly of Mission and the Spring Creek area near Iredell, passed away at his residence in San Antonio with family by his side on March 17, 2018.
Graveside funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 24, 2018, at the Meridian Cemetery. Rev. Daniel Hawkins officiated.
William Thomas Gibbs, Jr., was born on October 3, 1928, in Altus, Oklahoma, and moved to Mission, Texas with his parents William Thomas Gibbs, Sr., DDS, and Charlie Olson in 1930.
While attending Mission Schools his love of music inspired him to learn to play the trumpet. During his time at Texas A&I University in Kingsville, Texas, he played in the college band and the Lamplighter Dance Band.
Even before graduating from Texas A&I he was accepted into the Baylor College of Dentistry graduating in 1952 and went on to serve in the United States Air Force as a dentist in Montgomery, Alabama and Mineral Wells, Texas. He subsequently returned to Mission to practice dentistry with his father for 40 years.
In his spare time, William served as a Deacon and Elder of the First Presbyterian Church of Mission. He was a member of the Mission Rotary Club, serving as president in 1962, and held the position of Treasurer for the Mission Citrus Fiesta for 10 years.
He was also a licensed Ham Radio Operator for 60 years, a hobby he began cultivating as a Boy Scout at the age of 14 during World War II. His other passions included fishing and watching his friend’s team, the Dallas Cowboys.
William is survived by his wife of 67 years, Bobbie Millsap Gibbs of San Antonio, Texas; three daughters, Suzanne Ryan, Cindy Gibbs, and Melissa Tolson and husband, Stan; seven grandchildren, Sean Ryan and wife, Tamsen, Landon Burge, Paige and Brooke Tolson, Devin and Brandon Gibbs, and Chelsea Gibbs Gould and husband, Andrew; great-granddaughter, Nicole Gould; and sister, Charlotte Waitz.
He was preceded in death by his son, Alan Thomas Gibbs, and son-in-law, Michael Ryan.
Words of comfort and peace can be sent to the family at www.lawsonfuneralhome.net. Arrangements were made by Lawson Funeral Home, Meridian, Texas, 254-435-2792.