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Proud of East Texas: Harrell Gipson


Harrell Gipson was a forklift operator at Trane/Ingersol Rand in Tyler for more than twenty years. 

When he was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2014, his co-workers spear headed ways to help him and his family by providing transportation and paying medical bills. They also worked to keep his spirits up by bringing in beads, masques and food so the bed-ridden man could celebrate Mardi Gras with his family, and catered an anniversary dinner for him and his wife "Miss Kitty."

But the Trane co-workers most spectacular tribute was a huge forklift parade. After Harrell's death March 26, 2015, they staged a second forklift parade to honor Harrell's life. 

Everyone in the plant wore special orange shirts with Harrell's picture on them.

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