ILHS attendance supervisor dies Saturday

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By Reece Murphy

INDIAN LAND – Indian Land High School is mourning the loss of longtime attendance supervisor Beverly Cato-Gibby.

Gibby, 52, died unexpectedly of natural causes Saturday morning, Oct. 26, at her home in Lancaster. She had been a member of the ILHS family for about 14 years, ILHS Principal David Shamble said. 

Shamble notified students and staff of Gibby’s death Saturday afternoon via email and phone messages.

“Her free spirit and unique personality can never be replaced,” Shamble said. “Her absence from ILHS will be felt throughout the community.”

At school Monday morning, the mood was noticeably subdued, as co-workers and students alike remembered Gibby. 

Shamble said Gibby was known for taking care of students – especially so-called “problem kids, whom she “took under her wings.” He said Gibby cared for the students she dealt with, a fact that shone through her firm attitude.

“She was a very sweet lady,” Shamble said. “She was an institution here.”

Born Oct. 30, 1960, in Augusta, Ga., Gibby was the daughter of George Hayes Hunter of Spartanburg and the late Nellene Sams Hunter.

She is survived by her father, daughters Lauren Cato Blackwell and Michelle Ashley Cato, and grandchildren Noah Blackwell and Emma Blackwell.

Visitation was 1:30 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, at New Life Worship Center at 3548 Clifton-Glendale Road, Spartanburg. Funeral services followed at 3:30 p.m. at the church.

A private burial will be held at a later date at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens. 

The family requests that memorials be made to New Life Worship Center. 

A guest register is available at www.floydmortuary.com.


Contact reporter Reece Murphy at (803) 283-1151