Elinor Judy Gibson, 75, passed away peacefully and surrounded by her loving family, Friday April 14, 2017 at her home. She was born in Newtown, West Virginia to the late Reece Raymond and Mildred Tate Varney on December 29, 1941.
Along with her parents, Judy is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Elwood Gibson, and her sister, Martha “Lukie” Ball.
Judy was a graduate of Magnolia High School, and Marshall University. She had a gift for teaching. She was always very active and involved with many community and scholastic events. She was a Black Diamond Girl Scout Leader and became the Cookie Coordinator in Mingo County, West Virginia. She was part of the Woman’s West Virginia Democratic Committee. She frequently volunteered her time and became the coordinator for Mingo County Special Olympics. Judy worked and retired from Mingo County West Virginia Board of Education before moving to South Carolina and becoming a teacher for Waccamaw Elementary School for many years before transferring to Georgetown High School.
Following her retirement in 2016 from Howard Adult Education of South Carolina, Judy became an active member of Belin Memorial United Methodist Church in Murrells Inlet and was a past member of Matewan United Methodist Church in Matewan, West Virginia. In her free time, Judy relished decorating her house from top to bottom for every holiday and every season. She loved Christmas and collecting Santa Clause figurines. She had a passion for traveling, especially abroad, enjoyed tending her garden and was an enthusiastic sports fan. Most of all, she loved the beach and her family.
Left to cherish Judy’s memory is her daughters, Sharon Layne of Samson, AL, and Sherry McCoy and her husband Tim of Georgetown, SC; her grandchildren, Aaron Donahoe and his wife Bridgette of Phelps, KY, Maxi Shiflet and her husband John Mark of York, SC, Madison McCoy and her fiancée Alesha of Murrells Inlet, SC as well as four great-grandchildren, Draven, Aeryn-Reece, Alli, and Tripp; as well as a host of nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Judy’s life will be held at Belin Memorial United Methodist Church, 4182 US-17 BUS, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576, on Sunday April 30, 2017 at 2:30PM as well as Matewan United Methodist Church, 4749 1st Ave, Matewan, WV 25678 on Saturday May 6, 2017 at 11:00AM.
At the request of the family, Memorial Contributions in Judy’s name may be made to the Special Olympics, http://www.specialolympics.org/donate-to-charity.a...
Judy’s family wishes to acknowledge the kindness, care and support she received from Iva Coker, Edna Rhea Horne, all of Tidelands Hospice, Sherry Bowker, Lisa Phelan, Ellen Washington, Joy Sanders, Yulanda Holmes and Ashley DesMarteau of Home Care Assistance, Tamias Kenner, as well as their loving neighbors from Fox Chase
To view these details online, please visit, www.burroughsfh.com
Burroughs Funeral Home and Cremation Services (843.651.1440) is assisting the family.
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Sharon & Sherry
My deepest condolences on the loss of your precious Mother I remember when Judy would teach our Sunday school class at the church in New Town and hold the girl scout meetings she was precious in many ways but the most was her genuine smile and laugh and the care she possessed for others know she and you father are both thought of often in my memories
Submitted by Vicky Kennedy-Sammons on Apr 29 2017 03:23:02 PM
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Vicky Kennedy-Sammons lit a candle on Apr 29 2017 03:19:16 PM
So sorry to hear of Judy's passing. She was a great Girl Scout.
Submitted by Dr. Donna L. Burgraff on Apr 29 2017 02:45:13 AM
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Harry Blankenship lit a candle on Apr 28 2017 07:01:13 AM
All of my family's thoughts and prayers are with you...We loved Judy...Rhonda Akers, Kenny & Barbara Varney and Kenny Varney II
Submitted by Rhonda Akers on Apr 27 2017 12:59:03 PM
I am so sorry to hear about cousin Judy. My family and I will be unable to attend but our thoughts and prayers are with her family.
Barbara Varney-Grogan and family.
Submitted by Barbara Varney-Grogan on Apr 27 2017 12:45:39 PM
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Barbara Varney-Grogan lit a candle on Apr 27 2017 12:44:43 PM
I am incredibly sorry to have heard about Judy. She has been on my mind every day since the 14th.
Submitted by Brian on Apr 26 2017 10:47:09 PM
So sorry to hear about your loss. Your family will be in my prayers.
Submitted by Cheryl (Newsom) Russell on Apr 26 2017 09:10:34 PM
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Lynnie Copley lit a candle on Apr 26 2017 07:15:14 PM
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