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In Memory of

Tommie Gipson

February 9, 1922 - November 26, 2016

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Russell's Story

Tommie Russell Gipson, born on February 09, 1922 in Appleby, Texas, the 8th of 11 children in an itinerant farm family. When he had to drop out of school in the 6th grade his older sister Mary would bring home her school work and teach him the lessons.
He came to Houston at age 16 and went to work at ABC Bakery as a delivery driver to homes. At 18 he met our mother who was visiting from Alabama in her sister's home who received deliveries from ABC Bakery. A week...

Russell's Story

Tommie Russell Gipson, born on February 09, 1922 in Appleby, Texas, the 8th of 11 children in an itinerant farm family. When he had to drop out of school in the 6th grade his older sister Mary would bring home her school work and teach him the lessons.
He came to Houston at age 16 and went to work at ABC Bakery as a delivery driver to homes. At 18 he met our mother who was visiting from Alabama in her sister's home who received deliveries from ABC Bakery. A week or so after she returned home, she received a letter and a bus ticket to come back and marry him.
They married at Baptist Temple Church in the Heights of Houston on August 05, 1940 by Reverend T.C. Jester. A daughter, T.J. was born June 14, 1941. War broke out in December 1941. He enlisted but was turned down for being flat footed and too young.
Russell then took a guard position with the military police in Pasadena, Texas for the oil refineries on the Gulf Coast. On August 25, 1942 son Robert was born in Corsicana, Texas. Russell, at that time, was transporting government trailers from the coast to Texarkana, Texas. Around 1946 he opened an auto repair garage on Jensen Drive.
He was ordained as a deacon at the age of 24. Russell served in every church we attended as a deacon, Sunday school teacher, and/or mentor, wherever there was a need. In his 80s he had to give up teaching Sunday school because he could not stand very long to teach the men's class.
He made sure our family was in church if the doors were open. His faith was strong even through the years when he could only work in his construction company only 6 months of the years because of bad weather. He taught us to pray in family altars at home and to always give back a tenth to God even if that meant less groceries for that week because "God always provides".
He taught us how to fix everything from a vacuum cleaners, to plumbing to rebuilding cars. His favorite word was "suckins" when something went wrong. He was known for his big grin and in younger years, his baby face and laughter. Oh yes, he loved country music.
He showed us what love is by taking care of mother though all her illnesses and dementia. He never once complained, even though he had physical pains. When ask only three days before he left us "How are you today?", he said, "I'm doing pretty good." never complaining of pain.
Dad wasn't perfect but he was faithful. He left a legacy in his words, "Get right with God today". He would tell you believe in Jesus Christ who was born, died and rose again for you. It's not good works or church membership, it's about a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. What He did for you. Not what you can do for Him.
We had him 94 years. He has eternity with God. He would wan t you to join him.
I Corinthians 6:2 Acts 4:12