At memorial service, former Congressman Sam Gibbons hailed as 'servant leader'
TAMPA — The memorial service for Sam Gibbons was held in a church where, in his last days, the statesman sat in a wheelchair by the organ, singing with all the gusto he could find.
It was his church, Palma Ceia Presbyterian, named for the neighborhood that Gibbons helped Tampa incorporate into its boundaries.
Across the street was Plant High School, his alma mater, and many miles to the north, the University of South Florida, an institution that Gibbons helped establish.
He was Tampa's "all-time favorite son," concluded fellow native E.J. Salcines, a former Hillsborough state attorney and appellate judge.
"Sam's fingerprints and his footprints are all over this city," former USF president Betty Castor said. (full story here)