Edward Lee Gibson, a long-time resident of Marin, turned 94 on July 7.
Born in Shreveport Louisiana July 7, 1920, Gibson attended school up to the third grade level. He was then forced to work at the age of eight to help support his family.
On November 1943, he was drafted into the Navy during World War II and fought in Saipan, and Okinawa. He was discharged on Dec. 14, 1945 at Treasure Island in San Francisco, CA.
Gibson moved to Marin City and then lived at the old Hilarita Housing in Tiburon, built in 1942 as the first apartment complex in Tiburon to serve military families.
Gibson was one of the first African American to join the Carpenters Union in San Francisco and build homes in Tiburon, Belvedere and San Francisco.
Gibson is a family man who sent for his mother and siblings to come and live in California. He was married twice to women who are deceased, Jane and Hattie. He has 10 children, 8 grandchildren and 7 great grand children.