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W. B. "Pete" Gibbs

July 3, 1928 ~ June 2, 2017 (age 88)

The Piano Brothers

Mr. William Brown “Pete” Gibbs, Jr., age 88, of the Pleasant Gardens community, died peacefully June 2, 2017 at his home with his loving and grateful family by his side.  Pete was born in McDowell County on July 3, 1928 to the late W. B. “Bill” Gibbs, Sr. and Jimmie F. (Gibson) Gibbs.  Pete grew up farming for his family.  When his parents bought a gas station at the intersection of Hwy 80 and Hwy 70 he then divided his time between running the station and farming.  A quaint cottage style motel across the road was added to the station soon thereafter.  He loved people and had memories of many of the local families, especially the Hunter sisters and their family and the Simmons family on Buck Creek.  Pete’s life was changed forever when by chance on a trip to Montreat College with Bill Stanley, he met his true love, Betty Adkins of East Marion.  They eventually married, raised a family and lived out their storybook romance each day for 65 years until Betty’s passing in 2013.

The Lake Tahoma Gas Station evolved over time, adding a grill that became a destination for folks travelling through and locals alike.  Many people boarded the bus at the station and the tourists and soldiers who passed through certainly kept things interesting.  As tourist traffic increased, the building that now exists was expanded and was finished in 1952 becoming the Lake Tahoma Steak House.

Pete’s life changed again when a gentleman came by the new restaurant with an antique gun for sale.  Pete bought it and an extremely enthusiastic gun trader was born.  Pete held many gun shows and trade days at the steak house and the transformation of the restaurant began as it was decorated with antiques and unusual items of all kinds.

Pete was always ready to bring new and innovative ideas to his community and one significant idea gleaned from a trip to Atlanta was to serve up their signature country cooking “smorgasbord” style.  For the life of the steak house, Thursday evenings and Sunday lunch were offered this way.  A yearly bear supper was served on the first Saturday evening in October, corresponding with bear season.

Along with his restaurant and motel responsibilities, in the late 1960s he and Betty, along with some local Christians, opened the Life Mission to help with food and clothing donations and church services.  In the late 1970s Betty began to teach children’s Bible clubs in various neighborhoods in McDowell County.  Pete was also known to go from one end of the county to the other to pick up kids for church, he and Betty often helping them and their families with food, clothing and school supplies.

Pete dedicated his life to his family, always spending all the time he could with children and grandchildren.  He and Betty loved to go to the Poseidon Restaurant in Asheville and listen to jazz music every Saturday night for many years and they developed many friendships there.  Pete loved jokes and funny stories.  In addition to Betty, a beloved son, Brownie Gibbs, and his brother, Dr. James H. Gibbs, preceded him in death.

Pete leaves behind three children, Page Gibbs, Mollie Deck and husband Carroll, and Thomas and wife Deonne, all of Marion; eight grandchildren, Nikki Miller and husband Mike, Bill Gibbs and Riley, Ben, Emily and Ethan Gibbs, Hannah Deck, Charisse Allison and husband Zane, and Honnalee Gibbs; and five great-grandchildren, Cody, Cole, Kennedy, and Zane Gibbs, and Silas Allison.

Services to celebrate his life will be held on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Marion with Rev. Michael Smith officiating.  Receiving friends will be held from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. prior to the service in the church.  Memorials may be made to Hospice of McDowell County at 575 Airport Road, Marion, NC 28752.  Special thanks are extended to the hospice workers who lovingly cared for Pete in his last days, along with caregivers Talina Holloway, Betty Crowe, Donna Crowe, Billy Crowe and Diana Beam.  To all those who visited, prayed, cooked and showed love and kindness, the family thanks you!  Pete’s favorite scripture was Jude 24 & 25.


 Service Information

Visitation
Wednesday
June 7, 2017

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
First Presbyterian Church of Marion
79 Academy Street
Marion, North Carolina 28752

Funeral Service
Wednesday
June 7, 2017

6:00 PM
First Presbyterian Church of Marion
79 Academy Street
Marion, North Carolina 28752


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