A single, three-letter word brings instant recognition when it strikes the ears of most Henderson Countians. "Gib", (officially Guy W.) Ward is well known throughout the area as Gib the Gulf Man and is featured by The Times as this week's "Meet Your Neighbor" subject. He has operated the Gulf Service Center at the corner of Broad and Main Streets since August 30, 1953. It started as a small business and has grown into a busy, complete car center. He and his station have won every award offered by Gulf Oil Company including an award in 1980 for sales, cleanliness and general excellence in competition with Gulf dealers from all over Tennessee and Kentucky.
He attributes his success to the fact that, "I'v always made an effort to be a good businessman. I've enjoyed the business and I 've been in it so long that I know just about all the customers so we don't have any trouble." Mr. Ward was born in Beech River Community on November 29, 1927 to the late Guy and Hallie Ward. He attended Beech River Grade School and Lexington High School before attending training schools with Gulf in Jackson and Memphis. He also worked five years with Gulf Research and Development in Jackson, Alabama. He met his wife, Cathy, in Mobile and married in 1951, came back to Lexington in 1953. He has a daughter, Ramona Dyer of Lexington and a three year-old grandson, Cameron
Although he is busy with his business most of the time he manages to enjoy houseboating and duck hunting on the days off. He owns a houseboat on the Tennessee River. Concerning gas prices, Gib says, "I think they will be about the same for the next three or four years. It will never be 50 cents per gallon again. I think it will probably stabilize at around $1.50. It's about like property tax and everything else." But besides the business end, Gib also remembers experiences from his almost thirty years at the corner Gulf station. "There have been so many experiences. Eddie Arnold used to come by pretty regular but I guess about the biggest thing was when the tornado struck in 1957. It blew the house away. It almost wiped us out but everybody in town went back to work, got after it, and rebuilt." "I've been lucky ", he continued. "I've never been sick or in the hospital except with minor cuts or bruises."
"An interesting Person" The Lexington Progress July 7, 1982