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Larry Gibson memorial service set for this afternoon in Charleston

Oct. 14, 2012 @ 11:02 AM

CHARLESTON —  Friends and family of Larry Gibson, the “Keeper of the Mountains,” will celebrate his life and legacy from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14 at the Charleston Municipal Auditorium, located on the corner of Virginia and Truslow Streets, across from the Charleston Town Center Mall. 

The public is encouraged to attend to help celebrate Gibson’s life and legacy.  RSVPs may be made via a Facebook event page, https://www.facebook.com/events/285520628228734/.

Gibson died of a heart attack on Sunday, September 9, while working on his family’s land on Kayford Mountain, which he spent the last decades of his life protecting from mountaintop removal. Gibson successfully protected fifty acres of his homeplace on Kayford Mountain and he inspired people nationwide to take action to stop mountaintop removal coal mining. 

The program for “Celebrating Larry Gibson: The Life and Legacy of the Keeper of the Mountains” will feature family, friends, prominent activists, southern West Virginia residents, musicians and preachers. 

On September 13, in a private funeral, Gibson was laid to rest on the mountain that he loved.

Gibson’s family has requested that those wishing to express condolences make donations to the Keeper of the Mountains Foundation.  Cards and letters to family can be mailed to the Keeper of the Mountains Foundation office at 179 Summers St, Suite 234, Charleston, WV, 25301. 

Gibson is survived by his wife, Carol, two sons Cameron and Larry, Jr. and his daughter, Victoria.  He was sixty-six years old.