By Bobby Harrison/NEMS Daily Journal
JACKSON – Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, said Thursday even though there are many differences of opinions among the 122 members of the Mississippi House, there is also “a camaraderie in this body that we all share.”
The speaker said that is why he felt it appropriate Thursday to have a brief memorial service for Rep. David Gibbs, D-West Point, who died Sunday morning at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after battling cancer.
Gibbs, 76, was remembered as a quiet but caring member of the House who got along with everyone.
Rep. John Read, R-Gautier, who like Gibbs entered the House in 1993, said speaking at the memorial service was the biggest honor of his legislative career because of Gibbs’ persona.
“I never heard him utter a cross word,” said Read. “I saw him get aggravated, but never saw him get mad. David Gibbs was a gift. I hope we all enjoyed him while he was here.”
Rep. Alyce Clarke, D-Jackson, also spoke of Gibbs’ kindness, highlighting his willingness to drive members who might not be as familiar with the city to the various functions.
Both Clarke and Bo Eaton, D-Taylorsville, spoke of Gibbs’ commitment to farming and his desire to put programs in place at Alcorn University to help small farmers.
“He loved him some Alcorn,” Clarke joked.
“He really made an impact being knowledgeable in those areas” of farming, said Eaton, a previous Agriculture Committee chair.
Gibbs, a former supervisor in Clay County, served a stint
as chair of County Affairs.
“David was loved in his community,” said Rep. Earle Banks, D-Jackson.
In the coming says, Gov. Phil Bryant will call a special election to fill the District 36 previously held by Gibbs. The district includes portions of Monroe, Clay and Lowndes counties.