Jeffrey “Jeff” Dean Gibbs, 61, of Jacksonville passed away at his home Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020.
Visitation will be Monday, January 13, 2020 from 6 to 8 p.m. and his funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Jones Funeral Home, 303 Chaney Ave., Jacksonville. Graveside services with military honors will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Coastal Carolina State Veterans Cemetery.
Jeff is survived by his loving wife, Brandy Sheree Gibbs; his daughter, Ashley Foss, husband David of La Grange, NC; son, JD Gibbs, wife Kaitlin of Kinston, NC; daughter, Kynlee Ziegenmeyer of the home; his mother, Virginia Abbott, of Atlanta, GA; his father, Monte Gibbs of Denver, CO; sisters, Tricia Gibbs of Denver, CO, Katie Krueger, husband Eric of Denver, CO, Colleen Lightfoot, husband Gary of St. Helena Island, SC; his brother, Eric Gibbs of St. Helena Island, SC; and granddaughter, Georgia Foss.
Born in Miami, Florida, Jeff served in the Marine Corps for over 20 years, retiring as a Gunnery Sargent. He served in many technical and leadership positions throughout his career including as a drill instructor at Parris Island molding young men into Marines, he served in Panama Operation Just Cause and was effective enough that Panamanian Military leader Manuel Noriega unsuccessfully named him as a target, and as a Communications Tech Chief with the 2nd Marine Division supporting far forward Marines in the battle area. Jeff received multiple honors for meritorious service including the Good Conduct Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Navy Unit Commendation, and the National Defense Service Medal. He later served oversees as a private contractor for the State Department and Department of Defense in Operation Iraqi Freedom continuing protecting and defending the United States and its allies. Jeff was a lover of entertaining and adventure, traveling to countless places in numerous countries. He loved having fun and teaching everything he knew. He enjoyed spending time with his family but could often be found on one of his boats or riding his Harley. Jeff will be missed dearly but we know he will be looking over us from above.
Condolences may be directed to Jones Funeral Home at Jonesfh.org.
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