He was known all over the southeast (possibly further) for his homemade sausage.

Howard Mac Gibson, 87, died New Year’s Day at his residence on Union Grove Road. He was the owner of Gibson’s Farm Fresh Sausage.

Though he was known for his sausage, Gibson also was a farmer and worked for years as a machinist at Redstone Arsenal. He was a member of Union Grove First Baptist Church.

Tribune publisher Ed Reed, himself a farmer, called Gibson a friend.

“A few years ago when Howard decided to get back into making sausage he ask me to ride out to Iowa in his new quad cab pickup to look at some hogs. I didn’t have time to go but also I was a little reluctant to ride with him that far and back,” Reed laughed. “Recently I had toured the Union Grove area with him and half the time we traveled on the ‘shoulder of the roads!’”

For more on this story pick up Wednesday’s Tribune or purchase an e-edition.

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