Earl Banks was elected to District 67 of the Mississippi House of Representatives in 1993, the same year David Gibbs took office for District 36.
During the two decades the two men served together, they grew to not only be political colleagues, but also friends.
Banks was the first to offer tribute to the late Rep. Gibbs during a memorial service held yesterday morning in honor of the Clay County native. The service was held at Third Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church in West Point.
“He was more than a representative,” Banks said before reading a resolution that will be presented to the state House of Representatives. “He was a friend.”
Banks said in his remarks that Gibbs was a careful man. He did not rush to conclusions, and he liked to examine things before he made a decision. Banks said this was true in his personal life as well as his political career.
“He was the guy who always said, ‘wait, let’s look at this first,’” Banks said of Gibbs.
The memorial was well-attended, as expected, by a host of friends and family members. His political colleagues attended, and the state House of Representatives served as honorary pallbearers.
He received additional tributes from the Mississippi State Senate, the Clay County Board of Supervisors, which Gibbs served on from 1988-1992, Former Chancery Clerk Robbie Robinson and the White Station Water Association.
Rev. Israel Lee officiated the memorial service for Gibbs, and District 38 Representative Tyrone Ellis served as Master of Ceremony.
Gibbs was laid to rest on Saturday at Memorial Gardens in West Point.