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Shirley Ann Savoy-Gibson of Port Barre, LA
September 29, 1939 – August 1, 2020
Shirley Ann Savoy-Gibson was born on September 29, 1939 in Port Barre, LA to Anderson and Hannah Davis-Savoy. She was the sixth child (of thirteen children) born into this large-loving family. Her father was a sharecropper and worked farm-land on St. Landry Parish in the deep south. They grew their food, raised animals and worked together to meet their basic needs.
She was a quiet and humble young-lady. She enjoyed school, cooking, baking delicious desserts, as well as spending time with her family and friends. The beautiful young Shirley won first place as homecoming queen at her Port Barre school and loved the excitement of her pageantry experience. She was a graduate of Washington Dunbar High School and later graduated top of her vocational nursing class.
She professed Christ at an early age and was member of Groveland Missionary Baptist Church of Houston, TX. She was a woman of great faith and loved God. Over the years she sung in the choir, taught Sunday School classes and served on her church’s local Mission Board. She leaves behind a legacy of faith, reading the Word and trust in God.
She was proceeded in death by Anderson Savoy (father), Hannah Davis-Savoy (mother), Emmanuel Savoy (son), five brothers and one sister.
Our beloved mother leaves to cherish her sweet memories…one son, Pastor Ollie Gibson Jr. (Rachel), and daughters Monica Gibson Green (Dwayne) and Angela Gibson Banks (Joe). She leaves five grand-children, Walter Bates, Dové Banks, Sheraidian Reed, Justin Banks, Katelyn Menard and three great-grandchildren.
Siblings, Johnnie Mae Henry, Thelma Adams, Barbara Stewart (Rev. Edward Stewart), Charles Savoy (Wanda) all of Beaumont, TX. Virgie Jones of Port Barre, LA and Patricia Jones of Houston, TX.
She closed her eyes on this side and soared to the heavens to behold His beautiful face. He wiped away all tears…no more crying, no sorrow and no more pain. We can only imagine her shouting, dancing and praising God as she joined that mighty-angelic chorus before the throne of God.
God has blessed us with an angel that we’re so proud to call our own. She will remain our very own protector, defender, friend and guardian angel.