Earline Gibson Waddell of Rockingham, NC went to be with the Lord Saturday, Dec 15th, 2018. She was born to the late Luke Gibson, Jr. and Edna Marks Gibson.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 20, 2018 at the First United Methodist Church in Rockingham. Burial will follow at Eastside Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. on Thursday at the church.
Surviving is her husband, Myers Waddell of Rockingham, NC, daughter Myra Waddell of Charlotte, NC, grandsons Myers Souder of Ft. Hood, TX and Luke Souder of Ft Wainwright, AK, Son-in-law, Dr. Ralph Souder and his wife, Brenda Souder of Rockingham, NC, a brother, Paul Gibson and his wife Anne of Charlotte, NC, nieces Darlene Payne of Norfolk, VA, Trudy Allen and her husband Bert of Charlotte, NC and nephews Mark Gibson of Wendell, NC, John Gibson of Charlotte, NC, Keith Gibson of Las Vegas, NV, Don Scott of Knoxville, TN, and Ed Scott of Maryville, TN, Walter Allen and friend, Marc Moss of Atlanta, GA, Perry Allen and his wife Jennifer of Apex, NC, Bryan Allen and his wife Della of Pittsboro, NC, and Scott Allen and his wife Karen of Concord, NC and several great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Lynn Waddell Souder, and brothers: Stancill (Bob) Gibson, W.L Gibson, and Ray Gibson
Earline graduated as valedictorian of the Hoffman High School Class of 1950 and was initiated into Omicron Nu, the national honorary society for Home Economics at Woman’s College of UNC (now UNCG) where she received her Bachelor of Science in Home Economics in 1954. After graduating, she began her career working with 4-H in Robeson County before she moved to Whiteville to become an Extension Agent. In 1960 she married Myers Waddell and moved to Richmond County where she continues her work as Extension Agent. She received a Masters of Education from North Carolina State in 1982 where she became a member of the Phi Kappa Phi. Prior to retirement in 1993, she served over 10 years as County Extension Director for Richmond County.
After retirement, she became very active in her church, First United Methodist Church of Rockingham. She considered her biggest achievement to be the implementation of the Disciple Bible Study Program. Earline’s civic participation includes serving as president of Business and Professional Women’s Clubs in Whiteville and Rockingham, the Columbus County Mental Health Association, Richmond County Community Concerts Associations, and Richmond County PTA council. She helped organize the Cordova PTA and the Richmond County Mental Health Association. She has served as 4-H volunteer leader and on boards of numerous health related organizations.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 637, Rockingham, NC 28380