Mrs. Berthenia Gibson died September 14, 2020 at Southeast Georgia Health System. Funeral service will be 1:00 pm Saturday, September 19, 2020 at Brunswick Funeral Home 2700 Albany Street. Walk-Thru viewing will be Friday, September 18, 2020 from 12 to 5 pm at the Brunswick Funeral Home 2700 Albany Street. Face coverings should be worn, and social-distancing protocols will be observed. The chapel capacity is limited to 50 people based on COVID-19 Executive Order.
Mrs. Berthenia J. Gibson was born in Lumber City Georgia on August 28, 1933 to Mr. Connie and Mrs. Artie Lee Jackson. She moved to the Brunswick area as a young child with her parents.
Upon moving to St. Simons Island, she attended the Harrington Elementary School. She completed her Elementary and Secondary schooling at Haines Institute in Augusta, Georgia. She graduated from Lucy C. Laney High School (formally Haines Institute). Mrs. Gibson received her B.S. Degree from Tennessee State University, in Nashville Tennessee with a major in English and Social Studies. Her post-graduate work was done at The University of South Florida, University of Georgia, Augusta College and Southern University.
Mrs. Gibson taught two years at Central High School in Alamo, Tennessee. Upon returning to St. Simons Island she taught thirty-five plus years in Brunswick at Risley High School, Molette Junior High School and Brunswick High School.
Mrs. Gibson joined St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, St. Simons Island, Georgia at a young age, where she served faithfully in many positions. She was a member of the Board of Trustees, Sunday School Teacher, Sunday School Superintendent. She was also the Youth Activities Advisor, Historian and Publicity Coordinator.
In the order of Eastern Star, she joined the Progressive Chapter #139. She was Post Matron and a life member with sixty-four years of service. In the Seventh Masonic District she served sixteen years as Worthy Matron. During this time, she reigned as the first and third State Queen. In the Prince Hall Grand Chapter Jurisdiction of Georgia, she served as Grand Chapter Recordress for fifteen years, Grand Secretary, Deputy Grand Lecturer and Advisor. She was a charter member of the Order of William West Assembly #302 of the Order of The Golden Circle. She was the Past Loyal Lady Ruler with fifty-six years of dedicated service. Under the State Grand Assembly OGC, she was the State Grand Loyal Lady Standard Bearer, State Grand Loyal Lady Secretary and Honorary Past State Grand Loyal Lady Ruler. She was a member of The Daughters of Isis, and a life member of Court#123.
Mrs. Gibson was a member of The Brunswick Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc.
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