EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSLARRY GIBSON CELEBRATION
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Friends And Family To Celebrate Life of Environmentalist Larry Gibson
Reported by: Jeff Morris
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Sep. 20, 2012 10:32 AM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Friends and family of Larry Gibson, the "Keeper of the Mountains," will celebrate his life and legacy on Oct. 14.
The celebration is planned from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Charleston Municipal Auditorium, located on the corner of Virginia and Truslow Streets, across from the Charleston Town Center, according to a news release from organizers of the event.
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 Sept. 9, while working on his family's land on Kayford Mountain, which he spent the last decades of his life protecting from mountaintop removal, the release said. Gibson successfully protected 50y 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 Sept. 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 66.
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