Norman Franklyn Gibbs, Jr.
January 4, 1951- February 4, 2015
Norman Franklyn Gibbs, Jr., 64, of Owings passed away February 4, 2015 at his residence surrounded by family. He was born January 4, 1951 in Washington, D.C. to Norman F. Gibbs, Sr. and Vera Mae Taylor. Norman was raised in Maryland and Virginia and graduated in 1970 from Thomas A. Edison High School in Alexandria. After graduating, Norman began his career in the elevator trade and retired on June 23, 2010 after 39 years. He served five years in the Army Reserves and active duty from July 19, 1976 to January 27, 1978, where he earned the National Defense Service and Army Commendation Medals. Norman enjoyed riding motorcycles, playing golf and working with his hands. Most of all, he loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren, and going on family vacations together. Norman always had a positive outlook on life and always found the good in people and situations.
He was preceded in death by his father, Norman F. Gibbs, Sr. Norman is survived by his wife Bonnie J. Gibbs, a daughter April L. Reffit and husband Mike of North Beach, and grandchildren Justin M. and Brittaney N. Reffit. Also surviving are his mother Vera Mae Taylor of Virginia, step-mother Phyllis Gibbs of Maryland, six sisters Joy Stafford, Jan Shutt, Jeannie Gibbs, Joannie Huntington, Judy Hamilton and Vera Mae Smith, four brothers Gary, Bart, Tommy and George Gibbs, and his best friend John E. Dove “John E.D.”, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Monday, February 9, 2015