Connie L. Gibbs, 71, of New London, passed away peacefully at 8:50 p.m., Monday, March 25, 2013, at Hannibal Regional Hospital. Services will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, March 30, 2013, at The New London First Christian Church. Pastor Tom Day will officiate. Burial will be at Grand View Burial Park with full military honors, conducted by Boots Dixon Post 174, The American Legion.
Visitation will be from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Friday, March 29, 2013, at Smith Funeral Home & Chapel in Hannibal.
Mr. Gibbs was born October 21, 1941, at Edgewood, Mo., to Charles Harry Gibbs and Alma Gibbs Lent. He married his high school sweetheart, Patricia A. O'Keefe, July 16, 1961, at The New London First Christian Church in New London, and she survives. Other survivors include two daughters, Tracy Moore of Quincy, Ill., and Stacy (Chris) Proffitt of Fishers, Ind.; three grandchildren, Kenady Moore and Kaitlyn Moore of Quincy, Ill. and Alexis Proffitt of Fishers, Ind.; one sister, Bonnie Perkins of Bowling Green, Mo.; two sisters-in-law, Pauline Gibbs and Gwen Gibbs both of Frankford, Mo.; his business partner and lifelong friend, Tom (Dorothy) Dotson of New London, Mo.; his adoptive mother, Alvina Dotson of New London, Mo.; and several nieces and nephews.
Connie was preceded in death by his parents; his adoptive father, Thomas L. Dotson; three brothers, Albert Gibbs, Charles Gibbs and Tom Gibbs; and brother-in-law, Bill Perkins.
Connie was co-owner of Dotson & Gibbs, Inc. of New London since 1979. He previously worked as a lineman for REC and Hannibal BPW, as a road electrician for the Norfolk and Western Railroad and as a electrician with local #2, IBEW.
Connie was a member of Salt River Christian Church, Operating Engineers Local, #513, Ralls Masonic Lodge #33 AF & AM, Trinity Council #47, Excaliber Commandery #5, Knights Templar and Past Patron of New London Chapter, O.E.S.
Connie was a 1959 graduate of New London High School, the last graduating class from the school. He served with Company D, 175th Military Police Battalion with a rank of E-5 in the National Guard.
Memorials may be made to the Grandchildren's Educational Fund in care of Smith Funeral Home & Chapel. Pallbearers will be, Jack Madigan, Jim Weir, John Dotson, Leon Perry, Kyle Ford, Jeremy Dotson, Gaylord Winders and Charles Gibbs. Honorary bearers will be Billy Dale Perkins, Don Perkins, David Perkins, Ronny Calvin, Mike Gibbs, Gary Gibbs, Jim White and Jimmy Madigan.
Online condolences may be offered to the family at smithfuneralhomeandchapel.com.