Eric Harp Gibson, age 68 of Rutherfordton, passed away on August 26, 2018.
Eric was born on July 22, 1950 in Detroit, MI as the third of five children to the late Gale Gibson and Elizabeth "Betty" Augustine Gibson. The son of a Lt. Colonel in the United State Marine Corps, Eric lived in numerous locations including California, Georgia and New Jersey. Spending most of his youth in New Jersey, he graduated from Cherry Hill High School where he enjoyed being on the swim team and helped win the State Championship for football. Eric played football for Lebanon Valley College and earned his Bachelor of Science from Glassboro State. After college he pursued a career in sales. When a sales job landed him in Dallas he met his future wife, Brenda. Soon after, they were married in Dallas, TX on June 16, 1984. In 1986, Eric accepted a job offer from AFA in Forest City, NC and he and Brenda relocated to Rutherfordton. The two of them loved Rutherfordton and raised their two children here. A strong believer in public service, Eric was very active in the local community. As a member of Kiwanis, Eric enjoyed helping with Santa's sled in the Rutherfordton Christmas parade and loved helping with the auction. Eric's passions were extensive. A member of Order of the Arrow and a Life Scout, he passed the scouting tradition on to his son and was an assistant Scout Master to Troop 132. His favorite honor was being the "Voice of the Eagle" during Eagle award ceremonies. Eric helped found the Rutherfordton Enrichment Council, and was instrumental in the fund raising and planning for the Scout Hut located on Toms Street, one of his proudest endeavors! Shortly after moving to Rutherfordton, Eric and Brenda joined First United Methodist Church. He and Brenda were charter members of the Faith Caravan-Frances McClure Sunday School Class and remained a part of it to present day. At church, he served on various committees including the Board of Trustees. Eric also shared and grew his faith by participating in Community Bible Study. Eric's other hobbies included scuba diving, boating on Lake James, dancing, 60's music, James Bond movies, classic cars and attending Gamecock football and tailgating with his daughter Halley. Eric is survived by his wife, Brenda Sowell Gibson; his daughter and her husband, Halley and Spencer Borthen of Columbia, SC; his son, Michael of Austin, TX; his brother and his life partner Stephen Gibson and Carlos Ferreria of Oakland, CA; and his sister and her husband Sarah and Jeffrey Davis of Lafayette, CO. He is also survived by five nephews, and three nieces. Eric is preceded in death by his brother Michael Gibson, his sister Barbara Gibson Taylor and his nephew Tommy Sowell.
A celebration of Eric's life was held at First United Methodist Church in Rutherfordton. Memorial donations may be made in honor of Eric Gibson to the Summer Camp Scholarship Fund for Troop 132, check payable to Troop 132, and mailed to Scout Master, P.O. Box 905, Rutherfordton, NC 28139 or to First United Methodist Church, 264 N Main St, Rutherfordton, NC 28139.
Crowe's Mortuary is serving the family