Published in The Washington Post on April 8, 2010
was born in Petersburg, VA, moved to Washington, DC at age 3, and, except for service
in the Asiatic-Pacific theatre in WWII, remained in the District''s immediate vicinity ever
He graduated from Western High School (1939) and Columbia Technical schools,
and attended George Washington University.
He enlisted in the Army Air Force in August 1942 and served as a control tower operator
in the Hawaiian Islands and Tarawa, Gilbert Islands.
He never lost his love for the Islands or his wife of 64 years, Margaret Schweers Gibson,
whom he met in Houston, TX before shipping out. They corresponded during the war
and married January 1946. Their spiritual and social lives revolved around their church,
Capitol Hill Baptist, where they made scores of friends and memories.
He worked all his adult life as a land surveyor and draftsman for DeLashmutt Associates
where he used his fine memory, friends, and imagination to name many DC area
streets. If you''re driving in the area wondering where the names Dunaway Court and
Wynkoop Drive came from, then you have Franklin Gibson to thank.
He''s survived at home in Reston, VA, by his wife, Margaret, daughter Laura Shumway,
son-in-law Dean, and grandchildren Scott Shumway and Cassandra Anglim; and also by
his son Mark Gibson, daughter-in-law Alice (Ruston, LA), and grandchildren Bethany,
Nathan, and Cindy Gibson; his brother Prince Gibson, (Lake Placid, FL); and many
other beloved relatives and friends.
Memorial service Saturday, April 10, at Adams-Green Funeral Home, 721 Elden St,
Herndon, VA-receiving friends at 2 p.m., service at 3 p.m., and at home after the service.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Capitol Hill Baptist Church (earmarked
for missions), 525 A Street NE, Washington, DC 20002-5941; and Save One Life, Inc.
(a nonprofit sponsoring persons with bleeding disorders in developing countries), 65
Central Street, Suite 204, Georgetown, MA 01833.