Roosevelt Hyman Gibson, 86, of Balsam, passed away Tuesday June 4, 2019 at Mission Hospital in Asheville.

A native of Jackson County, he was the son of the late Frank and Pearlie Elders Gibson. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by two grandsons, Timothy and Travis Calicutt; two brothers, Odell (Martha) Gibson and AC (Mildred) Gibson; four sisters, Eloise (infant) Gibson, Eulalah (Dave) Messer, Margie (Robert) Stines and Iola (Dave) Lewis.

He retired as a rip saw operator with Drexel Furniture in Whittier. He did lawns after retiring. He also worked at Barbers Orchard in the past few years as well as Magnavox in Bryson City and Hennessee Sawmill. He loved car racing (NASCAR) — he and his brother Wayne enjoyed it for 64 years. He always loved having and working with chickens. He loved dogs and cats. He loved country and bluegrass music.

Roosevelt is survived by his wife of 56 years Autherine Shuler Gibson; daughter, Judy Gibson of Waynesville; two sisters, Cumi (Owen) Plaster of Sylva and Wila Mae (Cleon) Opher of Washington; a brother, Wayne Givson of Waynesville and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday June 8, at Fairview Memorial Gardens in Sylva.

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