MERCER COUNTY, W. Va. (WVVA) - Randy Gibson passed away in his home on Wednesday, January 13th. He was a retired United States Marine, who enjoyed serving his country... but also enjoyed serving his community.
"Randy Gibson was a giant among men, regardless of his stature," Frank Brady, WVVA General Manager and friend of Gibson, said.
"Randy might not have been a Marine of big stature, but he was a Marine with a big heart," Rod Mayberry, Toys for Tots Coordinator & Mountaineer Marines Detachment 957, said.
A big heart, and his friends said, an even bigger legacy. His impact was felt all around Mercer County.
"Randy Gibson was with Toys for Tots and the Marine Corps League from the beginning," Mayberry said.
He was a founding member of the Mercer County Veterans Honor Guard.
"He and I have done hundreds of funerals together to honor veterans," Mayberry said.
"On several occasions, three funerals in a day," Brady said.
"Even down in Bramwell, he was the guy that organized all the parades for years, " Mayberry said.
"We started and created an opportunity to retire American flags in Bramwell as a result of Randy's doing," Brady said.
And the list goes on...
"He's just one of those Marines, one of those people that just doesn't stop giving," Brady said.
"And really outworked Marines half his age," Mayberry said.
Mayberry said his memory will not soon be forgotten.
"I remember hearing his voice when we'd do military funerals together. It was always comforting, and today that voice is gone."
Brady said his legacy is forever engrained in Mercer County.
"We're going to miss him... the area is going to miss Randy Gibson."