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David Mitchell Gibson, 81, returned to his heavenly home on June 9, 2020 after a fall at home. His devotion to his family and his firm belief in God supported him and ultimately gave him peace. David was a sports star at Winchester High as quarterback of the football team and a starting guard for the basketball team. He fell in love with his favorite cheerleader, Ethel Jo, and they married in 1961. Education was very important to him as he earned his master’s degree from Xavier University. He spent his career working in Finance and Management for IBM and teaching business courses at the community college. His family meant everything to him as he was present in every aspect of their lives, even becoming president of the Junior Pro Basketball League, where his son played and his daughters cheered. One of his proudest moments was coaching the All-Star team to a National Championship back in 1977 and taking the team to meet Adolph Rupp at his home in celebration. Anyone who knew David recognized his love for his family, his pets, and his compassion for others. He was kind and truly the most giving man as evident throughout his life. He was a longtime blood donor and donated so often that he was advised to stop because it may negatively affect his health. This was a perfect example of David, putting himself before others. In recent years, he struggled with dementia and participated in an Alzheimer’s study at the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging at UK, where he was tested on a regular basis. David gave the ultimate gift and agreed to donate his brain for research. We will all miss his soft-spoken voice, great words of advice and kind heart. David was a true gem and simply put, he was our hero. David is survived by the love of his life and wife of 59 years, Ethel Jo Gibson; daughters, Karen Gibson and Missy Manuel; son, Mitch (Cheryl) Gibson; grandchildren, Graysen Jo Manuel, Krista Brummette and Melissa Brummette; beloved sister Barbara Jo Redding; and his furry best buddy, Rainey. He is also survived by his close cousin and namesake, David Mitchell Gibson, in addition to numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Leon and Mildred Gibson; and his brother, Don Gibson. A private family entombment ceremony will be held at the Lexington Cemetery. A public memorial service will be held at a later date.

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