Earl Gibson Obit from the Belleville News Democrat 10-21-08

Gibson, Earl


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Earl Gibson
Earl Gibson, an accomplished self-taught musician, died Friday, Oct. 17, 2008. He was born April 3, 1921, in Columbus, Miss.
Mr. Gibson grew up on the south side of Chicago and came to St. Louis, Mo., after high school. He was a guitar player and vocalist, and won an amateur contest at the fabled Riviera Club on Delmar, which led to a lifelong career as a musician.
After playing with the Twentieth Century Trio in St. Louis, he moved to California where he became a member of the Sensational Ink Spots, and played several years with them in Las Vegas and on the West Coast. When he returned to St. Louis, he played solo on the Becky Thatcher riverboat and several other venues. He retired to care for his mother, but came out of retirement in 1990 and began performing at different venues, most often at Hammerstone’s in Soulard, where he performed regularly on Sunday nights. Mr. Gibson was known particularly for his renditions of "What a Wonderful World" and "If I Didn’t Care," a popular Ink Spots song.
Mr. Gibson had many loyal friends, too numerous to single out, but special mention should be made of the Administrator and staff of Charles Gardens Retirement Home in Fairview Heights, Ill., where he spent the last days of his life in peace and dignity.
Earl was preceded in death by his father, Arthur Gibson; and his mother, Lilly May Robinson.
Surviving are a half sister, Jonita Mosley of Cleveland, Ohio; and a cousin, Hazel Hudson of St. Louis, Mo.
In lieu of flowers, memorials would be appreciated to Continuum of Care, an organization that provides services to the homeless or to Family Hospice of Belleville, Ill., in care of Ms. Joyce Harvey, Charles Gardens, 120 Ruby Lane, Fairview Heights, Ill., 62208.

Visitation: Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2008, at Randle & Sons Funeral Home, 4600 Natural Bridge, St. Louis, Mo.

Funeral: Funeral Service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, 2008, at Randle & Sons Funeral Home, St. Louis, Mo. Interment will follow in Laurel Hill Cemetery, St. Louis, Mo.

St. Louis, Mo.

Published in the Belleville News-Democrat from 10/21/2008 – 10/22/2008

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