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Chicago’s Gene Gibson dies; led 3 Baptist organizations


CHICAGO (BP)–Eugene Gibson Sr., pastor of Mission of Faith Baptist Church in Chicago, died of an apparent heart attack Tuesday night, March 10, in Kankakee, Ill.
Gibson, 62, served as president of three Baptist groups at the time of his death – the Illinois Baptist State Association, the state convention presidents’ fellowship and the African American Fellowship affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention.
“Dr. Eugene Gibson is one of the dearest friends God has provided in my lifetime,” said Ernest Mosley, executive vice president of the SBC Executive Committee and executive director of the Illinois Baptist Association from 1980-87.
When Mosley assumed his Illinois post, he recounted that Gibson “introduced me to African American pastors in Chicago and encouraged their confidence in me as a friend and leader. He opened his home to me and I opened mine to him and his dear wife, Mildred.
“He invited me to preach in his church on the first Sunday of February as long as we were both alive,” Mosley continued. “Five years ago, he also gave me a copy of his obituary and funeral plans so I would not be surprised at his desire that I participate in the memorial service. Now the time has come and, selfishly, I grieve at the loss I am feeling even as I thank God for the great gift he gave me in Brother Gene.”
Gibson is survived by his wife, Mildred, and four children, Eugene “Gino” Jr., William, Everett and Eugenia.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Brookins Funeral Home in Chicago. Visitation will be held in two locations: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, March 14, at Mission of Faith Church and 4:30-6 p.m. Sunday, March 15, at St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church in Harvey, a suburb south of Chicago. The funeral will be held at St. Mark Church following visitation. Burial will be on Monday, March 16, at Lincoln Cemetery in Worth, Ill.