Michael Wayne Gipson (“Sam”) obituary

In Loving Memory of Michael Wayne Gipson (“Sam”)

Alpha: March 23, 1958 – Omega: May 11, 2020

Brash but lovable, bold, straight-up, in-your-face, and unapologetic. These are adjectives best used to describe our beloved son, brother, father, grandfather, cousin, uncle, nephew, and friend, Michael Wayne Gipson, whom we affectionately called “Sam”.

Sam was born in Monroe, Louisiana on March 23, 1958, to the late James Gipson and the late Hattie B. Cobb (formerly Hines). Raised by his doting mother and his late stepfather, Robert Will Cobb, Sam grew up to be a huge lover of pets and his mother’s shared passion – gardening and landscaping.

As a young man, he was a force to be reckoned with. With his killer looks, charming smile and over-abundance of confidence (some might say arrogance), he had a style and swagger that could melt hearts like nobody’s business. Those of us who knew him best also knew that he was not one to EVER mince words or back down from a good fight. If he was around and you rubbed him the wrong way, it was always on!

Sam worked for many years as a professional landscaper before being stricken with multiple health issues. He finished his earthly journey on the morning of May 11, 2020, at his residence, in Monroe.

He leaves to cherish his legendary and colorful memory: His devoted longtime companion and caregiver, Hazel Emogene McClinton, Monroe; Brothers – Robert Gipson (Ann) and Tommy Gipson, Monroe; Billy Gipson, Temple, TX; Jerry Cobb, Dallas, TX; and Christopher Cobb,  Suffolk, VA; Sisters – Betty Griffin (Carl) and Robertine Cobb, Monroe; and Mary H. Taylor, Baton Rouge. In addition, he leaves his children and grandchildren, and a host of other loving relatives, including his last surviving maternal aunt, Earlean Chambliss, Monroe; maternal uncles – Sim Hines, Jr. (Eliza) and Charles Hines, Monroe; and Roy Hines, Bossier City, as well as a host of adoring cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. He will most certainly be missed, never forgotten, and always in our hearts. Rest in peace, Sam!