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Allen J Gibson

August 16, 1926 ~ July 28, 2018 (age 91)

Allen J. Gibson, 91, passed away peacefully in the arms of his wife on Saturday July 28, 2018 after a brief illness.


Allen was born in Bellaire, Ohio on Aug. 16, 1926 to Maddie L (Ogden) and Johnson Gibson.  After graduation from Steubenville High School in 1944, he continued his education at The University of Steubenville, where he obtained his Bachelor of Science.  He later earned his Master of Science from The University of Syracuse. 

Allen was employed as a science and math teacher for 33 years.  He served at Keystone High School from 1960 – 1972, and Elyria City Schools from 1972 – 1993 before retiring in 1993.  He enjoyed teaching and was loved by his students. Allen enjoyed wood working, reading, and spending time with family and friends.  He was best known for his sense of humor, love of conversation, and willingness to help others. 

The Lord called Allen to the ministry at a young age.  He began as Assistant Pastor to his father, Johnson Gibson.  He later served as Interim Pastor at Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Elyria, Bethany Baptist Church in Elyria, and Second Baptist Church in Elyria, until becoming the Sr. Pastor at Grace Community Church, Lorain Ohio for 15 years. 

He leaves to cherish his memory, wife of 38 years, Joyce (nee Shores), his children, Tanya (Tim) Harris of Indiana; Jerome (Angela) of Indiana; Dwayne Clark of Lorain; Allen Jr. of Indiana, daughter-in-law, Rose Gibson and 8 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. Siblings: Ruth Johnson, Flora Young, Helen Jeter and Juanita Taylor.

Preceding him in death were his parents Johnson and Madie; son Aaron Gibson; brothers James Gibson, Daniel Gibson, and Richmond Gibson; sisters Nellah Margaret Jones and Clara Mae Gibson. 

Calling hours will be held at The Cathedral of Praise Worship and Family Center, 4545 Elyria Avenue, Lorain, OH 44055, Friday from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm and Saturday from 9:00 am until time of “The Celebration of Life “at 10:00 am. Bishop Laurence Nevels and Eulogist, Pastor Tanya Harris will officiate.  Burial in Resthaven Memory Gardens, Avon, OH 44011. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Carter Funeral Homes, Inc., 127 W. Bridge St., Elyria, OH 44035.

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