Robert Harry Gibson, III

Robert Harry Gibson III (Bobby), 86, went to be with the Lord after a long illness on November 25, 2023, with his wife and family by his side at home.

He was born on June 2, 1937, at his home in Warwick County, VA (Newport News). He was the son of the late Robert Jr. and Mary Gibson. He was preceded in death by his youngest son, Christopher Robert Gibson; brother, Daniel W. Gibson; infant sister, Joan Ann Gibson; his son-in-law, John E. Charles; and brother & sister in law, Clyde and Shirley Holbrook.

For 67 years, he was the beloved husband of (Barbara) Sue Gibson. Together, they nurtured a loving family of five children: Vicki G. Charles of Riverview, FL, Larry N. Gibson (Faye) of Gloucester, VA, Kim M. Gibson of Newport News, VA; and Karen G. Enos (Ed) of Hayes, VA.; seven grandchildren, Joseph Powell, Aimee Cisneros, Angela Wheeler, Daniel Gibson, Tara Hix, Kayla Nix, and Ashley Hughes; sister Diane Bonney (Buddy); 16 Great grandchildren, 3 Great-great grandchildren, and many life-long friends.

Bobby was a lifelong resident of Newport News and led a much-fulfilled life. He attended Warwick High School class of 1955. He started work at an early age with the C&O Railroad and began his career with Newport News Shipbuilding soon after. He served as General Foreman in the X32/X65 departments. His passion for his work was evident in his skill and attention to detail while leading many ship repair operations. He took great pride in managing preparations for christenings, launchings, and various other carrier and submarine ceremonies. He was also the president of the Mariners Club and Progressive Club. He retired in 1999 as a Master Shipbuilder after 43 years of dedicated service. His legacy will continue in the ships he worked on and the lives he touched.

He was a Menchville Baptist Church charter member, serving on many committees throughout the years. He inspired the youth as their Sunday school teacher, and his zest for singing led him to contribute his tenor voice to the choir quartet and as interim director.

At home, one of his favorite hobbies was taking care of his lawn, which he always manicured in articulate patterns to ensure he had the prettiest property in the neighborhood! His love of Westerns was limitless. Above all else, he was deeply devoted to his family and considered that one of his most significant accomplishments. His legacy will live on through the family he nurtured and the values he instilled in them.

The impact of Bobby’s life extends beyond his immediate family, touching the lives of friends, colleagues, and all who had the privilege of knowing him. His warmth, generosity, and contagious attitude will continue to inspire and guide those fortunate enough to call him a friend. He never met a stranger; most were affectionately known as ‘Shug.’

The family will receive friends at Menchville Baptist Church from 1 to 2 pm on December 1, with the service following at 2:00 pm. Pastor Jim Weston will officiate. A private burial will take place in Peninsula Memorial Park at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Menchville Baptist Church, Newport News, Va.

Arrangements are in the care of Peninsula Funeral Home.


  1. Scott Spangler

    Bobby was one of my most memorable bosses at NNS. He made work fun, and was a character. He taught me so much during that time, and I loved coming to work every day because of him. Rest in peace Bobby.

  2. Brenda Harris Waller

    Sue and family, I have fond memories of Bobby and your family from our days as neighbors on Parker Ave. I can still see Bobby’s smile and hear his laughter. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.

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