Mr. Foy Gibson, age 87 of Bend, Texas, passed away Friday, February 19, 2010 at Seton Hospital in Austin, Texas. Foy was born August 16, 1922 in Bend, the son of Joshua Walker "Bunk" Gibson and Cora Etta Doyle Gibson.
Foy was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Muriel Gibson and by his brother, Lester "Hap" Gibson.
Foy met his wife, Clovis Lynn White in Bend and they were married February 5, 1949 at Wallace Street Church of Christ in San Saba, Texas. He was a 3rd generation farmer and rancher at Bend. He received the 150 year Family Heritage Award from the state of Texas and Department of Agriculture in April of 2008; was elected and served 10 years as a member of the Texas Wheat Producer's Board and was Past President of the organization.
Foy traveled extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Cuba promoting agriculture and research and development of Texas wheat. In 2004 he was voted Texas Wheat Man of the Year, and was featured in a 1997 Texas Monthly article about agricultural land and Colorado River water use. He was a member of the Riverside Landowner's Coalition; served as a Silver Haired Legislator for Texas, representing this areas district. Foy lived for and promoted agriculture, research and conservation. He produced wheat, peanuts, corn, peas, cotton and hay on his family farm. The Gibson family was awarded the state runner-up for Resident Conservation Farmer Award from Region 5 in 2005. Foy was awarded the Outstanding Meritous Service to the Republican Party by the National Republican Congressional Committee from 1949-1999; received the 50th Anniversary of the House of Representatives Award; a member of the Lampasas County Appraisal District Board from 1991-1993 and was on the area county committee of the US Agriculture Certificate of Election in San Saba FMHA; was an honorary Chapter Farmer of the Vocational Agriculture FFA; was recognized for Exemplary Leadership by the Texas Ag Extension Service by Texas A&M University System. Foy spent time in Washington D.C. and Austin promoting agriculture policies and He proudly served in the US Army signal corps during WWII.
Foy never met a stranger and said he would not go anywhere that his wife could not accompany him. He attended grammar school at Bend and was known by his old friends as "Peter Rabbit." He owned and operated Gibson Farm Supply in Lometa, Texas for the last 50 years. He was a founding member of the Southside Church of Christ in Lometa.
Graveside services for Foy Gibson were held at 11:30 a.m. Monday, February 22, 2010 at Sand Hill Cemetery at Bend with Layton Black officiating.
Foy is survived by his wife of 61 years, Clovis; two sons, Grady and wife Diana and Glen "Handy" and wife Cathy all of Bend; two daughters, Clovia Ketchum and husband Tommy of Bend and La Vada McCoury and husband Gregg of San Saba; grandson, Josh McCoury; 3 granddaughters, Carol and Brenda Gibson and Michelle McCoury; Colt, Lauren, Chase and Merna also survive.
Memorials may be sent to Sand Hill Cemetery or Cal Farley's Boys Ranch.
Sneed Funeral Chapel in charge of arrangements.