TROY, AL (WSFA) - Pike County lost a long time public servant Wednesday with the passing of Judge John William "Billy" Gibson. Gipson practiced law in Troy for 38 years before serving at the county's probate judge. He also held a position as a Troy City Commissioner.
The judge was a Troy High School alumni. He graduated from the University of Alabama and the University of Alabama Law School. He later served at Troy State University as its Dean of the Masters Program in Criminal Justice.
Judge Gibson leaves behind a wife of 66 years, Mrs. Jean Gibson, as well as two children, a granddaughter, sisters, nieces and nephews.
He was a World War II Veteran and received 2 purple hearts and a Bronze Star with Oak leaf Cluster for his services in the Battle of The Bulge. He also receive a Combat Infantry Badge and numerous other medals.
Funeral Services for Mr. Gibson are set for Friday, January 21, 2011 at 3:00pm at the Chapel of Dillard Funeral Home in Troy. Burial in Mossy Grove Cemetery will include Military Honors.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Pike County Humane Society, Pike County United Way, or the Mossy Grove Memorial Trust.
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