Bobby Ralph Gipson, age 80 , of Helena, AL, passed away Monday, May 23, 2016. Bobby graduated from Jones Valley High School and then proudly served in the U. S. Navy and then transferred to the Reserves. He then went on to Birmingham Southern College graduating in 1962 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, University of Alabama with a Master of Science in Hospital Administration Degree graduating in 1967, University of South Alabama with a degree in Bachelor of Science Nursing Degree graduating in 1983, Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College Health Services with his Master of Nursing Degree graduating in 1986. He moved to England where he attended The Regents of Shepperton University where he received his Master of Arts Health Education Degree in 1994 and went on to receive his Doctorate Degree in Nursing at the same university. He was employed as Head of Nursing at several hospitals. Bobby absolutely loved dogs, taking in strays and having up to 12 dogs at a time. He was predeceased by his parents, Andrew and Ruby Gipson and son, Kelly Gipson. His survivors include his daughter, Gina Stuman (David); sons, Richard Gipson (Connie) and David Gipson; sister, Clara Posey; grandchildren, Suzanna Gottier (Wayne, Jr.), Wesley McKay (Michelle), Crystal Rogan (Steven), Joshua Gipson, Sarah Gipson Snapp (Claude) and Ashley Gipson and a host of great grandchildren. A Graveside Service with Honors will be held 2 p.m., Thursday, May 26, 2016 at the Alabama National Cemetery in Montevallo. Brother Bo Brown and Brother Matt Monk will officiate the services.