L.T. "Hoot" Gipson

Tuesday, January 24, 2017
L.T. "Hoot" Gipson

L.T. "Hoot" Gipson, was born on November 23, 1921, in Nimmons, Ark., and died January 23, 2017, in Oklahoma City, Okla., at age 95. He was preceded in death by his wife of 72 years, Vahleda (Ward) Gipson; his parents, William and Laura

(Rogers) Gipson; his sisters, Alice Vaughn and Alta Crittenden, and an infant brother, Jasper Gipson. He is survived by his son, Mike Gipson and his wife, Peggy, of Oklahoma City, and his brother William Wayne (Bill) Gipson of Ocala, Fla. He is also survived by three granddaughters, four great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

L.T. and Vahleda grew up in Piggott, and at the time of his death he was the oldest surviving Mohawk. He was an outstanding football player, campaigning 1936 through 1939 for PHS. He began playing for the Piggott Ramblers baseball team at age 15, and continued for 18 years. He later coached Piggott's American Legion baseball team.

Hoot was a member of the U.S. Army during World War II, serving in the Philippines and Korea. He was a 40-year operator and agent for the Cotton Belt Railroad, living in Jonesboro for 50 years, and a life-long member of the Church of Christ