Paul Lafayette Gibbs, 85, of Corbin was born September 29, 1930, and departed this life on September 28, 2016.
He was a longtime member of Central Baptist Church in Corbin and a retired principal in the Corbin Independent School System.
Paul was a 1948 graduate of Corbin High School. Upon graduation, he attended classes at Sue Bennett College before joining the Air Force. As a member of the Air Force during the Korean War, he was a Staff Sergeant Radar specialist in the Strategic Air Command (SAC), serving in various locations throughout the United States and overseas. While stationed in Texas, he continued his higher education at Texas Christian University. Upon discharge from the military, he completed his BA in English and History at Union College. He went on to earn his Masters and Rank One from Eastern Kentucky University.
Paul taught at Woodbine and Corbin high schools before becoming principal at Corbin East Ward Elementary and then later principal at Corbin South Ward Elementary. He retired from the Corbin School System in 1987.
Paul loved to read and was an avid gardener.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 48 years, Georgia Boggs Gibbs; two brothers: Luther Gibbs and Thomas Harold Gibbs; and two sisters: Edna Parks Sullivan and Ruby Parman Jerrell.
He is survived by his three children: Lori Gibbs, Paula Gibbs and Eric Gibbs all of Corbin; a daughter-in-law, Mickie Gibbs; two grandchildren: Bailee Elizabeth Gibbs and Barrett Paul Gibbs; two brothers: Matthew Gibbs Jr., of Lexington and James Archie Gibbs of London; and two sisters: Edith Eaton of Corbin and Peggy Darnell of Colorado Springs, CO; a special sister-in-law, Norma June Boggs Whitaker of New Albany, IN; and a host of special nieces and nephews who morn his passing.
Funeral services were held Sunday, October 2, in the Hart Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Chad Fugitt and Rev. James Vandy officiating. Burial will be at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Central Baptist Church library or Golden 50’s group.
Hart Funeral Home of Corbin is in charge of the arrangements, where condolences for the family may be left at www.hartfhcorbin.com.