*Lee Wesley Gibson, who had the distinguished honor of being the oldest living Pullman Porter in the United States, according to the National A. Phillip Randolph Museum in Chicago, passed away on Saturday, June 24, 2016 at 106 years of age.
He died peacefully at home with his family by his side. Funeral services will be held a People’s Independent Church, located at 5856 West Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90043 on Friday, July 1, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. The interment will be at Inglewood Cemetery
Lee Wesley Gibson
Lee Wesley Gibson was the second child born to West Gibson and Annie (Pugh) Gibson on May 21, 1910 in Keatchie, Louisiana. He had one sister, Willie Mae White, who was a year and nine months older.
After his parents separated, his mother moved with her two children to Marshall, Texas. He attended New Town Elementary School and Central High School. On Sundays the family would travel by horse-drawn carriage to attend church in the country.
He began to work as a teenager, working at Wiley College and Darco Corp., which made chemical cleaners for dry cleaning. Later he began a career as a presser at Moon’s Cleaners, which he eventually bought.
He married Beatrice A. Gibson in 1927 and they had three children born in Marshall, Texas; Lee Gibson, Jr. on May 18, 1929; Gwendolyn Gibson on September 26, 1931 and Barbara Gibson on August 18, 1933.
After the family moved to Los Angeles, California in 1935, the Gibson added another daughter to the family, Gloria Ann, who was born on August 30, 1944. The couple was married for 76 years, when his beloved wife passed away in 2004.
When the family first arrived in Los Angeles, they began to attend Olivet Baptist Church. A deacon at the church referred Mr. Gibson to a job with Union Pacific Railroad in 1936.
He began as a Coach Porter and was later promoted to a Pullman Porter. Mr. Gibson loved working on the railroad because it allowed him to see the country, while affording a better life for him and his family. He purchased a brand new family home in 1945 in South Central Los Angeles, in which he still lived until his passing. He continued his career as a porter until retiring after 38 years in 1974.
For 77 years (since 1939), the Gibson family has been devoted members of People’s Independent Church. Over the years Mr. Gibson has faithfully served in numerous capacities; church treasurer, deacon, elder and an officer of the church credit union.
Mr. Gibson continued to live life to the fullest, even after retirement. He served as a volunteer, who assisted travelers at Los Angeles International Airport.
Mr. Gibson also managed income tax preparation offices for H&R Block. In addition, he was the District Director for AARP tax preparation assistance program for seniors. Most recently Mr. Gibson was featured in a TV commercial for Dodge entitled “Wisdom,” which honored centenarians. It first aired during the 2015 Super Bowl telecast.
When Mr. Gibson celebrated his milestone 100th birthday in 2010, over 100 family and friends came to celebrate at the Proud Bird, which was given by his three daughters. For the past four years an annual birthday celebration was given at Maggiano’s Italian Restaurant in Los Angeles.
The 106th birthday celebration took place five-weeks ago. Normally a man of few words, Mr. Gibson surprised guests when he took the microphone this year to express his sincere thanks and appreciation for his family and friends. As always, Mr. Gibson was immaculately dressed wearing a designer suit and tie, a custom dress shirt with “106” embroidered on the cuffs.
Over the years, Mr. Gibson has received a congratulatory letter from President Barack Obama, as well as resolutions from Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas, as well as, President of the Los Angeles City Council Herb Wesson, signed by all members of the council.
In 2011 he was the honored guest at the Union Pacific Railroads Black Employees Network’s Black History Month luncheon in Omaha, Nebraska. He also served as Grand Marshal for the Watts Christmas Parade in 2010.
Blessed with extraordinary good health, he took only a daily vitamin. He was celebrated at the Department of Motor Vehicles when he passed the driving test at the age of 100. He continued to drive until he was 102.
He enjoyed attending to church, spending time with family and friends, watching the Los Angeles Dodgers and attending social events. He will be remembered for his longevity, positive spirit, love of God, devotion to family, wisdom and unconditional love for all mankind.
Lee Wesley Gibson will be sincerely missed by three daughters Gwendolyn Reed, Barbara Leverette and Gloria Gibson; six grandchildren; Renard (Carolyn) Polee, Michael Polee, David (Paula) Polee, Anita Polee, Alan (Jacqueline) Polee and Loratious Presley III.
Too numerous to list, he also had eighteen great-grandchildren twenty-two great-great-grandchildren, three great-great-great-grandchildren and a host of friends and admirers. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, wife Beatrice, son Lee Gibson, Jr., niece Lois Anderson and great-grandson Terrence Hill.
When Grandma Realized that Daughter & Grandkids in Long Distance Video Call Were In Her Driveway (Watch)
*A grandmother in North Carolina thought she was on another long-distance video call with her daughter’s family when all of a sudden … “they’re right outside!”
Rebecca Cowles, 57, from North Wilkesboro, hadn’t seen her daughter, Nacole, 41, and four of her grandchildren in 18 months because they live in Florida. She got a big surprise when during their video chat, the group pulled into her driveway.
“Oh my baby!” Cowles screamed while running into her grandson’s arms. Rebecca also met for the first time Nacole’s youngest child, Mayshiana, born during the pandemic, which had caused Nacole to avoid travel while pregnant.
Watch the surprise reunion below:
And with commentary from “Today’s” Hoda Kotb:
Maryland Boy Raises Over $50,000 for Homeless Veterans (Watch)
*At the ripe old age of 8-years-old, Tyler Stallings says he’s been on a mission to help homeless veterans for half of his life. During an appearance on “Good Morning America” Thursday, the little “superhero” revealed he’s raised $50,000 and counting for his cause.
“It’s been a journey but a rewarding one,” his mom Andrea Blackstone told “GMA.” “I just want to encourage people to listen to their kids because you never know where their ideas can go.”
Tyler and his mother were then surprised with $25,000 to continue to help veterans in need. The organization where Tyler volunteers, Maryland Center for Veteran Education and Training (MCVET), also received a $25,000 check.
“I want to help shelters and I also want to help other people to get back on their feet with it,” Tyler said about the check.
Blackstone said when Tyler was 4 she wanted to teach him about the importance of veterans because there are several in their family. She turned to YouTube to show her son videos about veterans and the things they do for our country. As Tyler was watching these YouTube videos, he came across one about homeless veterans.
“He saw videos of veterans holding signs to no one responding to their cry for help and he thought this isn’t right. He didn’t like it,” Blackstone said. “He asked me, ‘If they’re heroes why should they be on the street?'”
Blackstone got Tyler in touch with Maryland’s Gov. Larry Hogan and with his help Tyler was given a kid’s grant of $100 through Start A Snowball. With the help of the grant and a GoFundMe link Blackstone shared on Facebook, Tyler decided that once a year on Veteran’s Day, he would gather items like clothes and hygiene products to give homeless veterans care packages.
This went over so well, however, that they decided Veteran’s Day alone wasn’t enough.
Tyler began to work with the Maryland Center for Veteran Education and Training (MCVET) as the designated “superhero” of their shelter. As their “superhero” Tyler’s goal is to raise awareness of the veteran’s sacrifices to others and brings “hero bags” for veterans who are homeless or need basic supplies.
Watch his story below, or here at GMA.com.
Duchess Meghan Opens Up About Miscarriage: ‘I Tried to Imagine How We’d Heal’
*Meghan, Britain’s Duchess of Sussex, revealed in an essay published in the New York Times on Wednesday that she suffered a miscarriage in July.
The former actress and wife of Prince Harry said the moment occurred while she was caring for her son Archie.
“I knew, as I clutched my firstborn child, that I was losing my second,” Meghan wrote, describing how she felt a sharp cramp, and dropped to the floor while holding her son.
“Hours later, I lay in a hospital bed, holding my husband’s hand. I felt the clamminess of his palm and kissed his knuckles, wet from both our tears,” she wrote. “Staring at the cold white walls, my eyes glazed over. I tried to imagine how we’d heal.”
Meghan added: “Sitting in a hospital bed, watching my husband’s heart break as he tried to hold the shattered pieces of mine, I realized that the only way to begin to heal is to first ask, “Are you OK?”
“I knew, as I clutched my firstborn child, that I was losing my second,” Meghan Markle writes about her miscarriage. Today, we are sharing an essay by the Duchess of Sussex about the loss that she and Prince Harry suffered earlier this year. https://t.co/xCJbgPgufq
— New York Times Opinion (@nytopinion) November 25, 2020
“Losing a child means carrying an almost unbearable grief, experienced by many but talked about by few,” she wrote.
“In the pain of our loss, my husband and I discovered that in a room of 100 women, 10 to 20 of them will have suffered from miscarriage. Yet despite the staggering commonality of this pain, the conversation remains taboo, riddled with (unwarranted) shame, and perpetuating a cycle of solitary mourning,” Meghan continued.
The duchess is receiving an outpouring of love on social media, with author Elizabeth Day writing on Twitter: “Chrissy Teigen and the Duchess of Sussex speaking openly about something that historically has given women so much pain, shame and trauma, is a game-changing step.
“I, and countless others, am so grateful to them. Beyond that, I simply want to tell them: I am so, so sorry.”
Prince Harry reportedly told the royal family about his wife’s miscarriage in the summer and they were “very supportive,” a royal expert says, Newsweek reports.
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