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R. Wayne Gibson

R. Wayne Gibson

Wednesday, August 2nd, 1939 Friday, November 15th, 2019

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Obituary for R. Wayne Gibson

R. Wayne Gibson departed this life for his next great adventure on November 15, 2019.

The soundtrack of his life was full of love, service, generosity, and music.

Wayne’s life began in Atlanta, Georgia on August 2, 1939 and although he spent some time living in upstate New York, and receiving his education in other locations, during his lifetime his roots remained firmly planted in Georgia soil.

His educational background supported his musical talent and his great love of music. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama and a Master of Music and PhD from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

Dr. Gibson spent his career years at Kennesaw State University in suburban Atlanta, teaching music and in administration as head of the Music Department and teaching Voice and Music History. Following that, he was Assistant to the President for Arts Affairs until 2000.

Wayne was very active in and one of the founding members of Center for Spiritual Living in Atlanta. In his subsequent move to Ft. Lauderdale, at Center for Spiritual Living, Ft. Lauderdale, he was equally involved and served as Vice-President of Center for Spiritual Living’s Board of Trustees.

Wayne shared love with his life-partner, Dr. J. Kennedy Shultz, for 24 years until Kennedy’s death in 2000. Wayne subsequently found great love again, marrying Fausto Cornejo, on March 3, 2019.

Wayne is survived by his husband, Fausto, his sister-in-law, Myrna Gibson and three nieces, Patti, Gigi and Cathleen. His parents and his brother, Howard, and sister, Peggy, preceded Wayne in death.

Wayne’s Celebration of Life Service will be held at Center for Spiritual Living, 4849 N. Dixie Highway, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33334 on Sunday, December 15 at 2:00 p.m.

Wayne departed this life in physical form at home surrounded with love. His light, his great generosity and service—and his music—plays on.

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    Sunday, December 15th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Center for Spiritual Living Ft. Lauderdale
    4849 North Dixie Hwy
    Oakland Park, FL
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    Sunday, December 15th, 2019
    2:00pm
    Wayne’s Celebration of Life Service will be held at Center for Spiritual Living, 4849 N. Dixie Highway, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33334 on Sunday, December 15 at 2:00 p.m.
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Aurelia Campbell

In loving memory of my dear friend, Dr. R. Wayne Gibson.
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harry chance

I feel the memory of Wayne in my heart and mind. I sat next to Wayne in Grady High Chorus for 4 years and spent time with him and Fausto in September during the last hurricane, as well as time in Atlanta at his home. I love Wayne as one of my best friends. I'm sure he is missed by Fausto and his community in Florida and Georgia. Spirit will welcome him home, and comfort his loved ones, including me.
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David Watkins

Deep gratitude for Wayne's friendship, wisdom and guidance. With deepest sympathy to you and your family.
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Juanita

I like to offer my sincere sympathy for your loss. Words, cannot
express the feelings you may have at this time. One way to find much comfort is from God's Word the Bible. Revelation 21:4 reads, And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away. What a wonderful time it will be when we will be able to see our beloved ones again. For more information about the resurrection hope, please go to jw.org.
Sincerely,
Juanita R.
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Loving Memories and Kind Regards.
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