Johnnie Gibbs, 72, of Indianola, transitioned to his final resting place on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020.
At his request, no funeral service will be held.
Johnnie was born in West Point, Miss. Jan. 6, 1948, to James Davis and Adean Gibbs. He graduated from West Point High School in 1966 and served as a military policeman in the United States Army. As a man of high integrity, dedication and honor, Johnnie continued to serve his country and community in the years following his active enlistment, including serving as a Tanker in the Moorhead National Guard. Following his honorable discharge, Johnnie coached basketball at Robert Taylor Homes, Marillac House, and Henry Hunter Boys Club in Chicago. After leaving Chicago in 1981, Johnnie worked many years driving tractor trailer trucks and motorcoaches. He was happiest when he could help others by safely driving them to their destinations across the country; however, his true passion and dream job was helping others and coaching.
For the past 25-plus years, Johnnie volunteered as a “coach” and “mentor” at Gentry High School. He touched and impacted hundreds of lives both on and off the court. Johnnie spent his final years as a school bus driver for the Sunflower County Consolidated School District. He devoted much of his time and energy as a caregiver and provider to his family and friends.
Johnnie was preceded in death by his parents and a godson, Travis Wallace.
He is survived by: five children, DeVante Knight (Terra), Taquila Monroe (Dave), Ebony Webber (Kendrick), John Gibbs (Kimberly Johnson) and Chanell Ogburn; six sisters, Jeannie E. Jones (Joseph), Annetta Lee, Augusta Chambers, Vicky Amos, Pearl Black and Beverly Carter (Alvin); three brothers, Maurice Gibbs, James Davis Jr. and Luther Davis; 19 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; and a wife.
A virtual home going celebration will be held at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28 for family and close friends. If you would like to attend, please send a Facebook or email request to Ebony Webber, email@example.com.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Johnnie Gibbs Scholarship Fund, 9663 Bark Chip Way, Douglasville, GA 30135 (to assist student athletes at Gentry High School).