William Robert (Bill) Gibbs, 80 of Charles Town, WV, went to be with his Lord and Savior, surrounded by his family, at Winchester Medical Center on December 16, 2020.
Born July 15, 1940 in Pulaski, VA to James Landis Gibbs and Mildred Arretta (Lovern) Gibbs, at six years old his family relocated to Front Royal, and it is there he grew up. He loved to relate his fond memories of his early years there in Royal Village, the lifelong friendships he formed, and lessons he learned there, as well as happy summer vacations spent in Radford with family. He always thought of these as idyllic times and made them so to his kids as well. It was in this setting, of the blue-collar town of Front Royal, that Dad learned the values of a strong work ethic and self-reliance, that served him well all through life. He had an enduring pride in his alma mater of Warren High and was a valuable member of the Wildcats only undefeated football team. He treasured his ties to Warren’s “Lost class of 59”. It was with much pride that he received his official diploma in front of his children, during a 2009, fiftieth anniversary ceremony at the school, along with his beloved classmates.
He worked for Trans World Airlines at Dulles Airport for thirty-one years, retiring early due to a disability. In 1978 while with TWA he received the award as the airlines top ramp serviceman. During his time there he served as a ramp lead and Union rep. Affectionately known as “Doc” by his co-workers, he always valued his time there, especially the friendships he made. One of his favorite perks while there was the opportunity to meet and speak with the likes of Ronald Reagan, Bob Hope, George Allen and Billy Graham.
A passionate sports fan, he rooted for the Dodgers and Celtics, and had a special place in his heart for the “Skins”.
An avid reader, student of history, and lover of a wide variety of music, his tastes in each were wide ranging, and his gifts for retaining what he learned were evident to all who spoke with him. He read through the Bible over twenty-five times, and his faith was reflected in the way he lived.
Besides his mother and father, he was preceded in death by a brother, James L. Gibbs, Jr. a sister, Mary Ella Gibbs Ramey and a son, Grant Megargee.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann “Pritt” (Jenkins) Gibbs, at home; sons, Bruce Megargee (Ann) of Martinsburg, WV; Jim Gibbs (Patty) of Kearneysville, WV and daughter, Ann Gibbs Breeden (Blair) of Summit Point, WV.
To his children he was always larger than life, and we will always strive to measure up to him.
He also leaves behind an extraordinary set of granddaughters and grandsons, as well as great grandchildren who all adore him.
Lastly, but most importantly, he was a humble Christian, that clung to the truth that by the grace he was saved, through faith.
Immediate services will be private, with a celebration of life planned for a date yet to be determined.
Condolences may be expressed at www.eackles-spencerfuneralhome.com.