Gibbs dies at 76, remembered as quiet, effective

JACKSON – Rep. David Gibbs, 76, who was described as a quiet leader in the Mississippi House, died early Sunday morning at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.

The West Point Democrat was known for his advocacy for agriculture, county government and education. Before beginning his tenure in the state House in 1993, Gibbs, a farmer, served as a Clay County supervisor.

“He has been nothing but a dear friend to me,” said Rep. Tyrone Ellis, D-Starkville, who said Gibbs’ wife, Annie Louis, informed him of his death Sunday morning. “He had a quiet resolve. He was not outspoken, but when he had a passion for something he would speak out.”

The Mississippi Democratic Party described Gibbs as “a soft-spoken common-sense leader who served us well.”