Billy Joe (Bill) Gibson, age 82 passed away suddenly at his home in Marble Falls on April 26, 2013. He was born January 15, 1931, at his family’s home on the Coca Cola Ranch, known to everyone today as Horseshoe Bay. He was preceded in death by his parents and by five sisters and three brothers; Bernice Bruns, Marie Crownover, Esterrea Crownover, Annie Moore, Modena Gibson, B.M. (Hoot) Gibson, I.V. Gibson, and Ray Gibson.
Bill served our country enlisting in the Navy on November 30, 1948, and was honorably discharged November 21, 1952. He met the love of his life, Marie Kolb on a blind date, one month prior to leaving the Navy. It was leap year so Marie asked him to marry her. He smiled and raised her question with “how about we go to Texas”. So they did and were together for 60 years.
A rancher all his life, he enjoyed everything to do with horses, cattle, and other animals. He loved hunting, fishing, steer roping, and being with his family and friends of whom he had so many. He also took pleasure in attending his children’s grandchildren’s many activities throughout his lifetime. In 1966 he was awarded Cowboy of the Year for his dedicated service by the Hill Country Livestock Raisers Association.
In addition to his wife Marie; Bill is survived by his sons Lynn Gibson and wife Cynthia of Burnet, Wayne Gibson and wife Della of Granite Shoals and daughter Lisa Ulbricht and husband Ronald of Marble Falls. He is survived by his 3 grandsons Hunter Gibson, Patrick Gibson, and Brandon Colclasure and 3 granddaughters Whitney, Kendall, and Rylie Ulbricht. He was also blessed with 3 beautiful great grandchildren Conner, Fallon, and Mason Gibson. There are also nieces, nephews, and countless other loving relatives and friends who will miss him dearly.
Visitation was held Monday, April 29, 2013, from 6 to 8 P.M. at Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home in Marble Falls. Funeral services were held at 10 A.M. Tuesday, April 30, 2013, at Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home with Greg Neill officiating. Burial will follow at Pecan Cemetery in Llano County. Pallbearers named were Hunter Gibson, Patrick Gibson, Bubba Ussery, Clay Simmons, Frank Haynes, Gary Larrimore, Robert Cowan, and Daryl Templeton. Honorary Pallbearers named were Robert Crownover, Butch Crownover, Raymond Herrington, Gerald Shaffer, Ralph Ebeling, and Kenny Jastow.
The family wishes to have donations sent to the American Red Cross for the victims of the West, Texas disaster. Condolences may be offered to www.clementswilcox funeralhome.com