Garner “Dean” Gibson of Mineral, Virginia, passed peacefully in his sleep on his 56th birthday, Sunday, March 24, 2019. He was born March 24, 1963 to the late Katie Gibson Walker and John Woodrow Barnes.
Dean was a 1981 graduate of Louisa County High School and a proud employee of Capital Interior Construction for twenty years. A loved son, brother, and friend, he was a kind and caring soul who found joy in the simple pleasures of life. With most of his days spent outside, Dean loved gardening, hunting, and four-wheeling. At the age of ten, he was adopted by his uncle, the late Paul Bentley, and his aunt, Alice Bentley.
He is survived by his aunt, Alice Bentley; brothers, Kenneth Barnes and Paul “JB” Bentley (Rose); sisters, Cindy Bentley and Ronda Stone (Danny); nieces, Katherine Carter (Josh), Ellen Morrissette (Justin), Amber Baker, Katie Barnes, and Brittny Chum (Chiv); nephews, Billy Joe Bentley and Jeremy Ring (Shelby); great-nieces, Megan Bentley, Ciyanna Okocha, and Naomi Carter; great-nephews, Billy Bentley, Cody Bentley, and Jayden Ring; and a host of other aunts, uncles, cousins, and loved ones.
He is preceded in death by his grandfather, Thomas “Poppy” Gibson; mother, Katie Gibson Walker; step-father, Thilbert Walker; uncle, Paul Bentley; and brother, John Bentley.
Family, friends, and others whose lives were touched by Dean are invited to Fork Baptist Church, 14357 Jefferson Highway, Bumpass, Virginia 23024, at two o’clock in the afternoon this Friday, April 5, 2019, to reminisce and celebrate the life of Garner Dean Gibson. He will be greatly missed, but this is not goodbye. As he always used to say, “I’ll be talking to you.”
The family has designated Louisa Counseling Center for any memorial contributions. These donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 164, Charlottesville, Virginia 22902, or done online at regionten.org.