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Therlee Gipson
Therlee Gipson was born on August 10, 1939 in Overton, Texas in a small building behind the home of Horace Mill, (a White farmer) to McKinley Gipson Sr. and Rena Ervin. My father named me Therlee after his brother who died when he was an infant. My family moved to Tyler, Texas two years later. My father was drafted into the US Navy in 1945. The war ended before he finished Boot Camp and he was discharged from the Navy. He bought a sketch book home with pencil drawings, a friend gave him in Boot Camp. I marveled at the pencil drawings and etched them into my mind at the age of five to someday become a detail pencil artist. I won my first drawing contest at the age of nine in the fourth grade, it was a fire prevention poster. I won first place, one dollar and fifty cent. My mother died on November 1,1950 from breast cancer when I was only eleven years old. My aunt Ada (my mother’s oldest sister) came and lived with us for two years to help my father raise seven children. My aunt introduced us to religion (Church of God in Christ) during her stay with us. I was baptized at the age of twelve, this transformation changed my outlook on life.
Therlee Gipson was born on August 10, 1939 in Overton, Texas in a small building behind the home of Horace Mill, (a White farmer) to McKinley Gipson Sr. and Rena Ervin. My father named me Therlee after his brother who died when he was an infant. My family moved to Tyler, Texas two years later. My father was drafted into the US Navy in 1945. The war ended before he finished Boot Camp and he was discharged from the Navy. He bought a sketch book home with pencil drawings, a friend gave him in Boot Camp. I marveled at the pencil drawings and etched them into my mind at the age of five to someday become a detail pencil artist. I won my first drawing contest at the age of nine in the fourth grade, it was a fire prevention poster. I won first place, one dollar and fifty cent. My mother died on November 1,1950 from breast cancer when I was only eleven years old. My aunt Ada (my mother’s oldest sister) came and lived with us for two years to help my father raise seven children. My aunt introduced us to religion (Church of God in Christ) during her stay with us. I was baptized at the age of twelve, this transformation changed my outlook on life.
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