Ronald M. Gipson, 65, of Galveston, passed away at his home on Monday, August 4, 2008, following a two-year battle with kidney cancer.
Ron, a partner in the law firm Gipson & Norman, was born in Neely, Mississippi, and moved to Galveston, Texas at a young age. A 1961 Ball High School graduate, Ron graduated from the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut in 1965, where he was co-captain of the football team under Coach Otto Graham and received a Bachelor’s of Science in Engineering. After several years of service, Ron returned to Texas, where he received his J.D. degree, with honors, from the University of Texas School of Law in Austin in 1971. At UT Law, Ron was a member of Chancellors (top 1% academically), the Order of the Coif, and the Texas Law Review. After Ron graduated UT Law, he chose to return to Galveston and began practicing law in 1972. Ron was an avid fisherman, basketball player, and birding enthusiast.
Ron was preceded in death by his parents, Vivian (Breland) Gipson and James Odell Gipson.
He is survived by his wife: Roxanna K. Gipson; children: Carrie, Jamie, and Angie Gipson and their mother, Georgie H. Sage; sister: Wanda Howard and husband, Bobby; brothers: Doyce Richardson and wife, Beverly, and Sam Gipson and wife, Leda; and his beloved nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers and gifts, please send donations in memory of Ron to the American Cancer Society, Galveston Island Humane Society, or the Hospice Foundation of America.
Ron was a special son of Galveston, who sailed the seas, centered the football, and whose humor was as broad as his smile. In lieu of wailing, moaning, and gnashing of teeth, a private celebration of Ron’s life will be held for family and close friends. For more information please call: 409-692-5525.