Robert "Bob" James Gibbs, age 78, of Hot Springs, was welcomed home by the Lord to hear the words, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant" on Monday, June 5, 2017.
Bob, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was baptized on June 14, 1968. He was humbled to serve the Lord in any capacity. He served as first counselor, in 3 bishoprics as well as many other callings within the church, including a mission in California. A gifted artist, songwriter, a Master Gardener, a scriptorian, a carpenter, a very loving father and beloved husband. Bob was a giant among men, who never met a stranger and was loved by all. He touched so many lives with his love for God, family and friends.
Bob was a member of the Masonic Lodge, both in California and Arkansas. Always in service to his fellow man as an entrepreneur who developed properties, he provided for many. A humble man, who spoke no guile, he was always looking for ways to serve others. Bob Gibbs is a true disciple of Jesus Christ and an example for us all.
Born on August 9, 1938 in Westline, Bob was the son of Robert Harding Gibbs and Leddie Jane Chandler. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Patsy Ruth Gibbs; a daughter, Sandra Lee Gibbs Roberts; grandsons, Landon Roberts, and Robert Crum, his parents; his step-father, Lum Yandell; and his sister, Betty Jean Perkins.
He is survived by his wife, Virginia Gibbs of Hot Springs; four sons and two daughter in laws, Michael Gibbs of Hot Springs, Scott and Patricia Merritt of California, Matthew and Traci Merritt of Arizona and Andrew Merritt of Rhode Island; four daughters and two sons-in-laws, Kathy Spencer of Florida, Lisa and Bryan Kaufman of Florida, Elizabeth and Troy Chandler of Arizona and Amy Doubet of Mountain Pine; twenty-two grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a sister and brother-in-law, Marilyn and Lonnie Presley of DeQueen; numerous nieces, nephews and a host of wonderful friends, as well as his beloved service dog, his bully boy, Oskar.
Services will be held at 11:00 AM, Saturday, June 10, 2017 in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 2765 Malvern Avenue, with Bishop McKay Hugentobler presiding.
Visitation will be held from 10:00 AM until service time on Saturday at the church.
Arrangements are under the direction of Davis-Smith Funeral Home, Hot Springs.
Guest registry is at www.davis-smith.com.