Several people have asked me about Francis’s obituary. I’ve included it here for those who are interested, and did not see it in the paper or elsewhere online. My apologies for not sending this out before now.
Francis Boll Gibbs, 40, of Tallahassee, FL, passed away at his home on May 17, 2013.
He was born, 26 December 1972, at Jacksonville, FL, to Frances May Wentz and George Williams Gibbs, III.
He was reared at Fernandina Beach, FL, and graduated from Fernandina Beach High School in 1991. He earned both his B.S. and his J.D. degrees at the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, and was admitted to The Florida Bar in 1999.
Francis’ career included practicing law at Fernandina Beach, FL, serving as Legislative Counsel for Congressman Ander Crenshaw and as Chief of Staff for Congressman Connie Mack, IV, at Washington, DC. It culminated with his service as Chief of Staff for the Florida Department of Transportation at Tallahassee, FL.
Francis was a seasoned traveler from his childhood. He was an avid golfer and tennis player from his youth. He enjoyed flying and earned his private pilot’s license.
Francis was a member of National Society Sons of the American Revolution, through his mother. He took pride that several of his paternal ancestors were Florida residents before statehood.
Francis is survived by his widow, LeAnne Renee (Holdman) Gibbs, his son, Couper Marshall Gibbs, and his daughter, Riley Ingraham Gibbs, Tallahassee, FL; his mother, Frances Wentz Taber, Tallahassee, FL; his father, George Williams Gibbs, III, and his stepmother, Ann Darden Gibbs, Jacksonville, FL; his sisters, Elizabeth Winslow (Sean) McAuliffe, Tallahassee, FL, Catherine Gibbs Juan, Ann Gibbs Giampetro, and Elizabeth Stockton Gibbs and his brother Robert Kingsley (Melinda) Gibbs, all of Jacksonville, FL; and, three nieces and three nephews.
He was predeceased by his brother, George Williams Gibbs, IV, St. Augustine, FL, and his stepfather, Robert Weiss Taber, Tallahassee, FL.
Francis will be interred, with private graveside services, at Oak Lawn Cemetery, Jacksonville, FL, on May 23, 2013. A celebration of his life will follow, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., at The Florida Yacht Club, Jacksonville, FL. All who would like to gather and share memories of Francis are cordially invited to attend the celebration.
In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the Francis B. Gibbs Memorial Fund.