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Gibson set a fine example

Published 8:10am Monday, May 13, 2013

Margo Gibson wasn’t a close friend of mine. I knew who she was, and we always spoke to each other when we crossed paths, but I can recall only a couple of conversations that we ever had.

After reading the wonderful things that Gibson’s friends and colleagues had to say about the former Jemison principal upon her passing May 4, I regret that I didn’t know her better.

Judging by the impact Gibson left on those she taught, worked with, worshipped with and formed special friendships with, she was one of Chilton County’s true treasures. People like Gibson helped bring Chilton County to where it is today, and many years from now when we look back and realize Chilton County is a better place, we’ll know it is because of the contributions of people like Gibson.

Gibson started her education career as a special education teacher and later taught English at Jemison High School before becoming an administrator. Even in retirement, Gibson had a positive effect on the county through her role at Clanton First United Methodist Church and other organizations.

For me, Gibson’s impact was simple. As an inexperienced sports reporter who hadn’t been around long enough to have anything else to write about, I once mentioned in a column my affinity for having a certain snack and drink combination while covering local high school basketball games.

During my next trip to Jemison’s Alton Cobb Gymnasium, Gibson asked (nicely, as always) if I had had my hot dog and Mountain Dew yet. It was a good reminder that people do, in fact, read the newspaper and count on us who work at The Clanton Advertiser to produce something that is beneficial.

Gibson helping teach me this lesson was fitting. She’ll be remembered as having spent her life benefitting others.

Stephen Dawkins is managing editor for The Clanton Advertiser. He can be reached at

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