Dr. James Warren Gibson Jr.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Dr. James Warren Gibson Jr., 81, of Jonesborough, died Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2015, at his home.

Dr. Gibson was a Hickory, N.C. native raised in Lewisburg, and was the son of the late James Warren Gibson Sr. and Mary Morgan Gibson.

Dr. Gibson was a graduate of Castle Heights Military Academy, Vanderbilt University and the University of Tennessee Medical School, Memphis.

After completion of his internship at John Gaston Hospital, Memphis, he practiced family medicine for four years in Cumberland, Ky. where he met his wife, Dottie, and married in 1960.

He and Dottie then moved to Durham, N.C. where he completed his residency in radiology at Duke University. During the final year of his residency, he was selected to pioneer the study of mammography -- a procedure becoming increasingly important at the time.

After his residency, he joined Dr. Hankins and Dr. Range in Johnson City -- the practice now known as Mountain Empire Radiology -- where he served as Chief of Radiology for many years and worked until his retirement in 2014.

He was always active in medical activities and was a strong supporter of Mountain States Health Alliance and ETSU athletics. He was also a former Clinical Professor at James H. Quillen College of Medicine.

Dr. Gibson was a member of many community boards and committees including The Washington-Unicoi-Johnson County Medical Society, MSHA Board of Directors, Blue Ridge Management Board, UT Medical Alumni Board, ETSU Pirate Club Board, ETSU Foundation Board, the Johnson City Chamber of Commerce, the People's Community Bank Board, and the Bank of Tennessee Board.

In 2002, Dr. Gibson was selected as Honorary Alumnus of ETSU, in 2006 he received the Servant's Heart Award from MSHA, and in 2008 he received the Spirit Award from the Mountain States Foundation.

Dr. Gibson was a congenial, loving, and devoted husband, father, grandfather, friend, and physician. He was always dedicated to the practice of radiology and the care of his patients and a devoted public servant.

Dr. Gibson is survived by his wife, Dottie Gibson of the home; daughter, Maribeth Gibson of Johnson City; son, James Warren Gibson III and his wife Toni, of Hacienda Heights, Calif.; two grandsons, Kehler and Peyton Gibson of Johnson City; and a granddaughter, Tyler Gibson of Hacienda Heights.

The funeral service for Dr. Jim Gibson will be conducted at 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, at Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church. Rev. Mark Gooden and Rev. Michael Lester will officiate. Following the funeral service, the family will receive friends in the Munsey Christian Life Center.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Buccaneer Athletic Scholarship Association, PO Box 70707, Johnson City, TN 37614 or Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church, 201 E. Market St., Johnson City, TN 37601.

Memories and condolences may be shared via www.morrisbaker.com.

Morris-Baker Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2001 E. Oakland Ave., Johnson City, is serving the Gibson family.