Date of death: 6/28/2017

Saint Meinrad Class: PD 2012

Deacon Ray, age 77, of Alexandria, passed away on Sunday, July 23, 2017, at his residence after a lengthy battle with cancer. He is preceded in death by his parents Ray D. and Mildred T. Gibson; and his former daughter-in-law, Monique Gibson. Ray is a veteran of the United States Army. He attended USL, and received his degree in Theology from Loyola in New Orleans. Ray worked as a Chaplain for the VA Hospital in Pineville for 8 years. He was ordained as a permanent Deacon for the Diocese of Alexandria in February of 2012. His pastoral assignments were Sacred Heart of Jesus of Pineville, and St. Rita Catholic Church of Alexandria. He is survived by his wife of 55 years Phyllis Ann Gibson; his sons, Neal Matthew Gibson and his wife Chantel of Oakdale, and Ted Michael Gibson and his wife Denise of Denham Springs; 4 granddaughters, Hailey Hitt and her husband Jonathon of Abbeville, Sydney Gibson of Oakdale, Lauryn Gibson of Denham Springs, Anna Maria Gibson of Oakdale; 2 great grandchildren, Jonathon and Dalton Hitt; and 2 brothers, Michael Gibson and his wife Jill of Broussard, and Kim Gibson and his wife Melissa of Ville Platte.