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Gertrude Gibson "Pappy" Godbey Tyler

Gertrude Gibson "Pappy" Godbey Tyler
  • February 1, 1939 - April 19, 2020
  • Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
  • Memorial donatio9ns may be made to:
  • East Cooper Community Outreach
    1145 Six Mile Road
    Mt. Pleasant, SC 29466
  • East Cooper Meals on Wheels
    P.O. Box 583
    Mt. Pleasant, SC 29465

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“Thinking of all of you ”
1 of 12 | Posted by: Cas Fowler - Friend

“We have so many happy memories of Pappy. Her friends in Greenville at Christ Church and in the Dorothy Haynsworth Garden Club loved her very much. ”
2 of 12 | Posted by: Ben & "Sunshine" Norwood - SC

The apple doesn't fall far from the tree. “"Intolerant of intolerance." Splendidly said (and lived). I don't know that I've met a person more ahead of their time than Gibson Godbey. (I smile...Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: Chip Alexandre - Johns Island, SC

“Dear Anne, Edward and Ralph,Our hearts break at the news of your mom's passing. She was beautiful in every way from her laughter, her style, her care...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: Allison Warren - Greenville, SC

“May you celebrate the life of a very special lady. Thanks to her, we all know how to be better people. ”
5 of 12 | Posted by: John Cochran - Greenville, SC

Acrylic on paper “Her elegance was unmatched . ”
6 of 12 | Posted by: hamed mahmoodi - Greenville, SC

“Anne, I'm so sorry to learn of your Mom's passing. I know she had to be so very proud of you and Caroline and all y'all have accomplished. You'll be...Read More »
7 of 12 | Posted by: Laree Hensley - Hanahan, SC

“Tuesday Night Movie Group will never be the same without Gibson! ”
8 of 12 | Posted by: Meghan Kelly - Mount Pleasant, SC

“Dear Anne, So sorry for your loss. I know y'all were very close and that you loved her dearly. You will remember all she taught you and it is amazing...Read More »
9 of 12 | Posted by: Marshall Ann Lynch - Mt Pleasant, SC

“I am sorry to read about the passing of Gibson. I was fortunate to know her as a neighbor in I'On, real estate client and her personal picture...Read More »
10 of 12 | Posted by: Carol Williams - Friend

“Pappy was definitely my "second mom". She was always there for me and all of my family. She exuded grace, poise and dignity and would hostess with...Read More »
11 of 12 | Posted by: Kacey McCall-Hagin - Greenville, SC

“I had the pleasure of working with Gibson at Greenville Memorial Hospital in Medical Education and being friends with her and Ty. She had a zest for...Read More »
12 of 12 | Posted by: Kitty Wolcott - Greenville, SC


Gertrude Gibson "Pappy" (Godbey) Tyler passed away on April 19. Gibson was born on February 1, 1939 in Sumter, South Carolina, to John William Godbey and Gertrude Sanders Godbey.

Mrs. Tyler was a graduate of Sumter High School, attended Converse College and the University of South Carolina and graduated Furman University with a degree in English. Gibson later became a Registered Nurse and served the children of Haiti during the height of the AIDS epidemic. She earned a master's degree in Hospital Administration from the Medical University of South Carolina and worked for many years as a nurse and administrator in the Greenville Hospital System in the Medical Education Department. She volunteered at Christ Church and was an out-of-town member of the Dorothy Haynsworth Garden Club of Greenville and the Junior League of Greenville where she was active for many years. More recently, she was active in the League of Women Voters.

Gibson had a tremendous appreciation for travel, spending time with friends and family, food and cooking. She was intolerant of intolerance, and her status as a "second mom" to many is a testament to her boundless love for others.

She is survived by her children, Edward Bailey (Cinamon), Ralph Bailey (Eliza), and Anne Seymour; her grandchildren, Caroline Seymour, Grace Bailey, and Ralph Bailey; her brother, John William Godbey of Springfield, Virginia; and her nieces, Rebecca Godbey Cummings and Caroline Godbey Kelley. She was predeceased by her husband O. Z. Tyler III.

A memorial service has not been scheduled, but the family hopes to do so in the future. Donations in her honor may be made to the East Cooper Community Outreach (ECCO) or Meals on Wheels.