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Nathan Paul Gibbs, 74, born Jan. 25, 1938, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2012, after a short illness surrounded by his family in Green Valley, Ariz.
After graduating from Engelhard High School in Engelhard, N.C., in 1956, he worked as a fingerprint technician at the FBI in Washington, D.C. He served with the military police in Garmisch, Germany. After honorable discharge, he returned to Washington and worked with Allied Aviation at National and Dulles airports until his retirement after more than 35 years.
Not content to sit around, he opened and operated the Cafe in Engelhard before leading the kitchen crew at the North Carolina Correctional Center in Fairfield, N.C. Beckoned by a warmer climate, he moved to Lakeland, Fla. He worked with the Florida Correctional Department in Lakeland, again leading the kitchen crew.
In 2008 he moved to Green Valley for a new adventure.
Paul loved his family and enjoyed attending auto shows, gardening and music, always looking to add to his impressive vinyl record collection.
He was predeceased by his mother and father, Allie Gretchen and Leslie Lafayette Gibbs.
He is survived by his wife, Brenda Gibbs; daughters Kerri Beth Gibbs Raines and Jill Marie Gibbs Chittum; brother Victor Brent Gibbs; five grandchildren, Morgan Stephens, Jacob Chittum, Teirney Chittum, Michael Raines and Sydnie Chittum; niece Jennifer Petrie; and nephew Joey Gibbs.
A remembrance of Paul's life will be celebrated in Engelhard in mid-May 2013.