The late Mr. Burl Gibson pictured with his son, Bob Gibson celebrating Mr. Burl's 85th Birthday. Mr. Burl's Birthday was celebrated at the TFTA Fur Auction in Watertown, TN on January 26, 2002.
Burl Gibson with son Bob.
Bob is currently serves as the Middle TN Director for the TFTA.
IN MEMORY OF BURL GIBSON
Mr. Burl Gibson, 85 of Lebanon, TN died June 23rd at University Medical Center. A Wilson
County native, he was born January 26, 1917 to William Charles and Emma Lee Heron Gibson.
He was retired from Dupont. In past years he was a farmer, railroad worker, a carpenter and
laborer until he became employed by Dupont from where he retired. He also had a lawn care
service for sometime until he eventually retired from it also. He was a current director for the
Tennessee Free Trappers Association and was present at every meeting and Fur Auction.
Survivors include two sons, Marvin (and wife Florence) of Lebanon, TN; Robert (and wife
Sherri) of Mt. Juliet, TN.
Burl was a very knowledgeable man and avid outdoorsman with a great respect for nature and
a passion for trapping.. He understood the things we generally donít see or realize. He could
give you a home remedy for just about anything that ailed you and was a master at trapping foxes.
I have seen pictures when he was trapping full time of them when he trapped numbers of foxes in
the hundreds. He also raised mink in the 1950ís. As a young boy, Burl built dead falls in the
woods and put many a skunk, coon and possum hide on a board. He continued to trap through
his retirement years up until he did not feel safe going out by himself for the danger of falling, etc.
To look at Mr. Gibson, you would always think he was about 15 years younger than he really
was. He enjoyed gardening, fishing and hunting.
For the past few years, I had asked Burl to come along with me on my trap line and he always
looked forward to checking traps the next morning to see what sets connected. I will always
remember the conversations we both had about when he was a lot younger and trapping and
hunting enabled him to put food on the table, clothing on their backs and presents under the tree
for Christmas. I enjoyed his company and am fortunate to learn some of the trapping skills that he
taught me. He enjoyed teaching upcoming trappers about sets and what he has personally
experienced in the past while trapping. Burl was a good friend indeed and he will be greatly
missed by many. My Deepest Sympathy goes out to his surviving sons Marvin & Bob Gibson and
their families. The entire trapping community has lost a one of a kind man that had an upmost
regard for people and all things in life. Itís a shame that we are slowly losing these types of
trappers than can never be replaced. It was an honor to know Burl and have him as a friend and
role model. This special person will always be remembered in our hearts.