May 18, 2023, 45, Goldsboro –
Alison Bedford Gipson, 45, was called to her heavenly home and reunited with her sister on Thursday, May 18, 2023. Alison was born in Goldsboro to Gerald and Matilda Bedford on November 9, 1977. She was preceded in death by her sister, Dana Bedford Champion; maternal grandfather, John Paul Anders, Sr.; and paternal grandparents, Lommie and Johnny T. Bedford.
A graduate of Charles B. Aycock High School, Alison continued her education at Wayne Community College and graduated with her Associate’s Degree. Starting out in the family business, Alison worked for many years with her family at Carpeteria before starting her own cleaning service. Along with her friend, Shannon Harrison, the two made a successful career utilizing their organizational and cleaning skills. She later went to work with Wayne County Public Schools, serving as the secretary and receptionist at Norwayne Middle School.
With an eye out for a bargain, Alison knew all the sales at her favorite places of business, especially the boutiques. Whether shopping for herself or the ones she loved, hitting the stores to find a bargain was always up her alley. When you combined Alison’s love of shopping with her knack for decorating, you really had a treasure. She loved the opportunity to spend other people’s money and decorate their houses exquisitely.
Though few things could compare with Alison’s love for shopping, the time spent with her family far exceeded it. Her boys were her whole life. Wherever they were, she was sure to be there cheering them on. She made sure to attend every baseball game she could. Family trips to the beach were among her favorite times.
As a member of Pike’s Crossroads Pentecostal Holiness Church, Alison spent her youth giving of her talents as a member of the “Sounds of Praise” youth choir.
With a beautiful smile and a personality to match, Alison was easy to love. She loved hard and received the same in return. She enjoyed being pampered and treated like a princess, and her family was honored to oblige through the end.
Outside of her family, Alison maintained close friendships with several girlfriends. Calling themselves the “Golden Girls”, they cherished everything from large outings to simple daily conversations.
Alison was grateful for the love she found in her husband, Shane. Though sickness invaded the final years of their marriage, the union brought many happy moments and beautiful life. Marking twenty-five years on May 9, Shane and Alison created a happy home in which to raise their boys. The two devoted themselves to the well-being of their family and the support of each other. Along with their children, her constant canine friend, Princess Izabella “Izzy” completed their family.
In addition to her parents, she is survived by her husband, Shane Gipson; sons, Addison Blake Gipson and fiancée, Haley Phillips, Carson Gerald Gipson, and Carter Ray Gipson; grandparents, Lena and Joe Venable; nephew, Aaron Scott Champion and wife, Ashley; niece, Megan Brooke Champion; mother-in-law, Wren Rouse; father-in-law, Jimmy Gipson and wife, Dene; and several cousins and friends she loved very much.
The family will receive friends on Monday, May 22, 2023, from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. at The First Pentecostal Holiness Church, 1100 The First Church Road, Goldsboro. A service to celebrate Alison’s life will follow at 7:00 p.m. on Monday in the sanctuary with Pastor Charles Boyd and Pastor Andy Stovall officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be given in her memory to
Pike’s Crossroads Pentecostal Holiness Church
2494 Pikeville-Princeton Road
Pikeville, NC 27863
2309 Wayne Memorial Drive
Goldsboro, NC 27534
Services are entrusted to Seymour Funeral Home and Cremation Service. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.seymourfuneralhome.com.