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‘No Place Like Home’ YHS Reports Speaker

By Joy M. Tippit

Herald Contributor


COFFEEVILLE – William Earl Gibson was the speaker for the March 15, Yalobusha Historical Society meeting. Mary Sue Stevens introduced him.


Mary Sue shared the following information:

Earl was born October 29, 1967 son of William Earl Gibson Sr. and Peggy Neil Graham Gibson.  Earl and his sister, Sherry enjoyed growing up in the Velma community located half way between Coffeeville and Water Valley.  Earl and his family continued to live in this beautiful country home that holds so many memories for him.  Their home is known to many of you as the Samuel Daniel and Hulda Godwin Weaver Home.

Earl spent a lot of time in our home with our two sons, William Earl and Michael.  He was just like a third son to us.  Earl has always been a very responsible young man with maturity far beyond his age.  He graduated from Kirk Academy in Grenada in 1984 and the University of Mississippi in 1988.  In 1991, he married Brenda Kay Brower, daughter of Jimmy and Barbara Ann Vaughn Brower.  They are blessed with three precious children:  William Earl Gibson III – 21, Kimberly Christine Gibson – 17, and Molly Kathryn Gibson – 14.

Growing up at his father’s cotton gin west of Coffeeville, Earl fell in love with rural life and living “out in the country.”

With the exception of a four-year period while in Jackson, Tenn., Earl has lived in Yalobusha County.  He studied accounting at the University of Mississippi and began his career in the public power industry with the Tennessee Valley Authority in 1992.  As his family began to grow, Earl left the Tennessee Valley Authority to join Tallahatchie Valley Electric Power Association as the Director of Member Services.  

Passionate about his family and serving the community, he believes like Dorothy said, “There’s no place like home.”  Over the years, Earl has served others in many ways.  He currently, serves as a deacon at First Baptist Church Coffeeville, as a board member of the Yalobusha Water and Sewer District, Chairman of the Yalobusha County Economic Development and Tourism District, and as a committee member of Yalobusha General Hospital.  

Grateful for an amazing group of family and friends, Earl strives each day to have a positive impact on everyone that he comes in contact with.  He enjoys promoting positive community and economic growth in our area and is an asset to his church, community, and county.”

Thank you, Mary Sue, for introducing our speaker and visit us again, Earl.

The speaker for the April 19, YHS meeting is Roy Bennett Stevens, and his topic is “Bryant.”

Attending:  Mike Wor-sham, Sarah H. Williams, Chris B. Morgan, Pat Brooks, Bobby Hutchins, Bobbie Hutchins, Lura Besinger, George Harrison, Elsie Harrison, Bob Tyler, Earl Gibson, Joy P. Windham, Mike Ayers, Buster Jackson, Carl Ray Upchurch, Wyo-mann Reeves, Sarah Reeves Tammy Beshears, Joyce Courtney, Grady White, Mary Sue Stevens, Carl H. Vick, Betti Litten, Lawrence Litten, Sam Goodson, Brenda Gibson and James S. Persons, Jr.

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