Memorial Service for D. Gibson Walton
On Thursday, February 7, 2013, the Texas Annual Conference lost a faithful servant and a trusted friend. The memorial service for D. Gibson Walton will be Wednesday, February 13 in the sanctuary of St. Luke's UMC in Houston at 3 pm with a reception following in the Fellowship Hall. Rev. Tom Pace will be officiating. The interment for family only will precede the service. Visitation will be at George H. Lewis & Sons Funeral Home at 1010 Bering Dr. in the Library and Grand Foyer from 5-8 p.m. on Tuesday, February 12. For those wishing to leave messages of remembrances and condolences to the family please enter them below.
Bishop Janice Riggle Huie expresses the thoughts of many: "Gib Walton served the United Methodist Church at all levels with wisdom, faithfulness and a deep and passionate love of Jesus Christ. Gib served through the past two quadrenniums and continued in his role as Chancellor into the current quadrennium. Bishop Huie adds, As legal counsel to the bishop, he was a trusted source for careful discernment of very difficult issues... we could always count on Gib for insightful questions and clarity. I will miss Gib personally. The Texas Annual Conference will miss him. We entrust him now to God's eternal care and keeping."
Gib Walton was described by Dr. Marc Boom of the Methodist Hospital System as being vitally important to the growth and evolution of The Methodist Hospital, joining the Board of Directors in 1997 and serving as the vice chair for the past two years. A brilliant legal mind, he shared his skills as chair of our Governance Committee and also worked on a number of other committees.
He also helped to shape our future as a member of the Research Institute Board, and at the beginning of this year he began serving as Board chairman. He was also an Advisory Board member for the Center for Performing Arts Medicine.
Gib served numerous community organizations and was a key Lay Leader of St. Luke's United Methodist Church.
He was also a leader of his profession including serving as the president of the State Bar of Texas. He most recently worked as a partner with the law firm Hogan Lovells, LLP and previously was a partner at Vinson & Elkins.
Bishop Huie asks that we keep Gib's wife, Martha, his son Cole and daughter Emily in our thoughts and prayers.