The Mass of the Resurrection for Charles Andrew Gibson, 56, of Portales was celebrated June 7 at St. Helen Catholic Church by Fr. Charles Ugochukwu. Burial followed in the Floyd Cemetery with Joshua Gibson, Troy Duane Kropf, Eric Gibson, Ryan Kropf, Kyle Kropf, Seth Gibson, Dimas Joe Ortiz and Tyler McKinley serving as pallbearers. His brothers, along with his co-workers and many friends, were honorary pallbearers. Charlie Gibson was born Aug. 27, 1959 in Portales, to the home of Evelyn (Aguilar) and William Gibson, and died at his home near Portales, early on the morning of June 3. Charlie was a lifelong resident of Portales and Roosevelt County. In September 1991 in Portales, he was married to Monica Ortiz. Charlie was very loving and gentle man. He had extreme patience, and never spoke out in anger. He was a devoted husband, and father, and dedicated his time to his family. He faithfully attended all of his children’s sporting events. Charlie enjoyed going deer hunting, but never got a deer. He was a member of St. Helen Catholic Church. Charlie was always a good provider. He worked as a truck driver all his life, and had achieved a million miles accident-free several different times. For the past seven years he had been employed by TLM in Clovis. He is survived by his wife, Monica of their home; six sons and five daughters-in-law, Joshua and Cassie Gibson of Chassell, Mich., Troy Duane Kropf of Portales, Eric and Mary Gibson of Spokane, Wash., Ryan and Crystal Kropf of La Luz, Kyle and Hannah Kropf of Portales and Seth and Ramona Gibson of Portales; a daughter and son-in-law, Lyric and Tyler McKinley of Alamogordo; 13 grandchildren, Tyler Colston, James Gibson, Conner Kropf, Kaden Kropf, Riley Kropf, Joseph Gibson, Christopher Kropf, Kaitlyn Gibson, Jade Gibson, Kylee Gibson, Wyatt Kropf, Jacob Gibson and Paisley Kropf; his mother and father-in-law, Jane and Dimas Ortiz of Moriarty; three brothers and a sister-in-law, Joe and Cindy Gibson of Clovis, and Richard and Frank Gibson, both of Portales; and two sisters and a brother-in-law, Josie Wells and Jennifer and Tom Long all of Guymon, Okla. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Danny Gibson and his wife, Debbie and a brother-in-law, Bill Wells. Arrangements are under the direction of Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.
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