Hilda Best Gibson
Always Caring for Others
Hilda Best Gibson, age 88, our beloved “Mama Who” was carried home by the angels during the peaceful morning hours of Saturday, June 6, 2020.
Hilda was born March 30, 1932 in Haywood County to the late William Crawford Best and the late Essie Hill Best. She was blessed with a large and loving family of 12 brothers and sisters. Hilda was a devoted homemaker and enjoyed gardening, often sharing her delicious jelly and homegrown canned vegetables with her family and her many friends. She was a lady who was a blessing to everyone. Her heart runneth over with immeasurable love for her family and her multitudes of friends. Hilda was instrumental in the development of the Haywood Vocational Opportunities Program located in Waynesville which provides vocational training designed to strengthen and develop individual’s abilities. This was an important endeavor in Mrs. Gibson’s life which has made a difference in the lives of many in our community. With her giving heart Hilda also devoted many years of caring for special needs patients privately within her home. Mrs. Gibson was a member of Rock Springs Baptist Church in Crabtree. Hilda our loving “Mama Who” was like a glowing light in the darkest moments of many people’s lives. The joy and happiness that she brought to each of us will never be forgotten. We shall miss her deeply.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Angie Ford; her grandson, Bryan Stockton; her brothers, Willard, Max, Ken, Pete, Earl, Ernest, Joe, and Junior; her sisters, Eva Lilly Ferguson, and Denise Best; and also her very close friend that she loved as a sister, Mrs. Gertrude Logan.
Surviving are her daughter, Pam Stockton and her husband David of Canton; her son-in-law, Bruce Ford of Clyde; a granddaughter-in-law, Ronda Stockton of Canton; grandchildren, Shane Stockton and Melanie of Canton, Tonie Nickoson of Canton, Stacey Delancey of Canton, Alex Ford and Caroline, Andria Richardson and Matt of Waynesville; great-grandchildren, Brooklynn Stockton, Jordan Stockton, Bailey Stockton, Ivalee Richardson, Davis Richardson and Eli Ford; her sisters, Edna Lentz of Waynesville and Louise McSwain of Mooresville; and many dear friends that loved her fondly.
Mrs. Gibson’s family wishes to extend their heartfelt gratitude to the staff of Silver Bluff Village for the wonderful care that they gave to Hilda each and every day and for loving her just like their family.
A celebration of life service to remember and honor the life of Mrs. Gibson will be held and announced at a later date.
Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the family of Hilda Gibson.