Lillie Bell Pickens Gibbons, 98, of Reelsville, died at 5:18 p.m. Friday, March 11, 2005, at Clay Health Center in Brazil.
She was born Dec. 28, 1906, in Rome, Ga. She was the daughter of Alec and Maggie May McClarty Pickens.
She married Walter "Bub" Lee Gibbons, also known as "Hoss". Although they had no children of their own, they raised three children of relatives: twins Bessie and Jessie and William "Button" Pickens Jr.
The Gibbons family resided in Rome, Ga., and then moved to Indianapolis. She worked at a local cleaners, a restaurant, and child care and housework. Lillie and Walter celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1973 at their church, Bethany Baptist.
After the death of her husband in 1976, Lillie Bell and her sister Phoebe moved to Reelsville to be near relatives.
She spent her last years in Clay Health Center where she will be remembered by staff and visitors for always dancing, signing and praising the Lord.
Lillie Bell remained a member of Lost Creek Missionary Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Walter in 1976; two brothers, Lucious Pickens and Walter Pickens; five sisters, Phoebe Davis, Annie Bell Pickens, Luella Pickens, Ollie May Pickens, and Lela Pickens.
She is survived by one daughter, Jessie Wood and husband the Rev. Thomas R. Wood of Reelsville; two grandsons, Thomas R. Wood Jr. of Indianapolis and Walter Wood of Miami, Florida and four granddaughters, Sharon Clark of Greencastle, Stephanie Stigall and husband Charles of Terre Haute, Brenda Skates of Greencastle, and Lisa Wood Echols of Greencastle.
She is also survived by 15 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren and a few hundred nieces and nephews across the nation and Germany.
Visitation will be 11 a.m. to Noon Thursday at Lost Creek Missionary Baptist Church, 4440 North Creal, in Terre Haute. Funeral services will be noon at the church with the Rev. Thomas R. Wood, Sr. and the Rev. Thomas R. Wood Jr. officiating. Burial will follow at Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis. Moore Funeral Home assisted with funeral arrangements.
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