Laurel Hill family sends 7SFG soldier off with a favorite treat

derek gibson 7SFG lobster

Crestview attorneys Muncelle Mitchell and Ashley Rogers share a laugh with Sgt. Derek Gibson during his farewell lobster feast.

Special to the News Bulletin
Published: Friday, November 8, 2013 at 04:16 PM.

LAUREL HILL —Sgt. Derek Gibson's friends in Laurel Hill ensured the New England native deploys abroad with the taste of one of his favorite treats fresh in his mouth.

Crestview Area Chamber of Commerce President Dennis Mitchell; his wife, Joan, a Laurel Hill School teacher; and their daughter, Muncelle, a Crestview attorney, hosted the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) soldier, his wife, Kristen, and several other friends for a farewell lobster boil on Monday.

"Somewhere along the line, he had mentioned he loves Maine lobster and I thought, 'Hmmm, we're going to fix that boy up,'" Dennis said.

Kristen Gibson works with Muncelle Mitchell, whose family "sort of adopted" the Gibsons, Dennis said. The Mitchells frequently host the couple and their dogs at their country property outside Laurel Hill.

Joan asked the school's leadership class to help; students Tasha Head and Gage White produced a banner that hanged between two trees.

"Thank you for keeping us safe," it read. "See you again soon. We love you."

"I was real proud of those kids," Dennis said. "They made a nice sign. I was impressed."

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