Longtime Barnwell doctor remembered

Dr. Henry Gibson served the people of Barnwell County for more than 60 years.

Dr. Henry Gibson served the people of Barnwell County for more than 60 years.

First Byline: 
Susan Delk - Editor

A "legend" of Barnwell has died.

Dr. Henry Wright Gibson, 89, died Saturday in Columbia.

Dr. Gibson delivered many generations of Barnwell residents as he practiced family medicine here since receiving his medical degree in 1950.

Funeral services for Dr. Gibson were held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, April 16, at Barnwell United Methodist Church.

According to his obituary, Dr. Gibson's studies at Wofford College were interrupted as he joined the United States Army Air Force and became a B-24 bomber pilot in the 8th Air Force 446th Bomber Group stationed in England.

He flew 25 missions during World War II.

He practiced family medicine for 63 years until his death. He loved the art of medicine and the people of Barnwell County. It is there that he could hunt, fish, farm and play his beloved game of golf.

Word of Dr. Gibson's death quickly flooded Facebook with patients sharing memories and offering kind words about the beloved doctor.

Wand Highsmith said, "He actually listened to you, instead of rushing out of the room. He was a great doctor (and) I will miss him very much.

Brenda Brown said, I will always remember him for his kindness and his gentle and caring soul for all people. Rest in Peace...You have truly earned it."

Cissy Best said Dr. Gibson was "such a fixture in the town, relied upon for so many years."

Patti Parnell said, "His mission work has been incredible!"

Jay Helton said, "The man was a legend."

Trina Wix summed it up. She said, "He had a servant's heart, and that is something we should all strive for."

"Throughout Dr. Gibson's career, he was honored by his patients, friends and medical peers. Some of those honors included Barnwell County Man of the Year, the Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International, the State of South Carolina Order of the Silver Crescent, and the South Carolina Family Physician of the Year. In 2009, Wofford College bestowed upon Dr. Gibson the Honorary Doctorate of Science Degree, describing him as the ‘quintessential country doctor.'

"Dr. Gibson felt called to care for those with no access to health care. This began a long history of medical-mission trips which culminated in his founding the Carolina Honduras Health Foundation. After much prayer, hard work and the generous support of others, a medical/dental clinic was built in Limon, Honduras, in 1997. A satellite clinic was built in Icoteos, Honduras, in 2000. In March 2014, Dr. Gibson participated in his 49th medical mission trip."