Rev. James R. Gibbons


Rev. James R. "Jim" Gibbons, 73, of N. Canton, Ohio, died Thursday, March 19, 2009 at Mercy Medical Center in Canton. He was born April 21, 1935 in Somerton, Ohio, son of the late Robert L. and Evelyn Nell (Anderson) Gibbons.

He was a United Methodist Minister serving the Summerfield Charge, New Matamoris Charge, East Springfield, Union Hill and West Bellaire Charge. He graduated from the Course of Study at Garrett Evangelical Seminary and completed the Associate College credits needed for Ordination in 1998. He retired from the Conference in 2003. He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in N. Canton, Friendship Lodge #89 F&AM and Past Master of Somerton Lodge F&AM. He served his country in the United States Air Force.

Surviving are his loving wife, Joyce I. (Skinner) Gibbons; son Christian (Kathi) Gibbons of Akron; daughters, Lora Betha (Greg Swaney) Gibbons of Akron and Aimee (Scott Meyers) Gibbons of Uniontown, Ohio; brother, Charles (Marilyn) Gibbons of Rossford, Ohio; aunt, Doris Haynes of Woodsfield, Ohio; five grandchildren and four step-grandchildren.

Visitation was Sunday, March 22 at Campbell-Plumly-Milburn Funeral Home, 319 N. Chestnut Street Barnesville, Ohio with services Monday, March 23 at the Somerton United Methodist Church, Somerton with Rev. Rick Riggs and Rev. Tom Detling officiating. Burial follows in Somerton Cemetery. Condolences on line at