Francis Gibbs, 40
Posted on May 20, 2013
The son-in-law of Sen. and Mrs. Travis Holdman passed away at his home in Tallahassee, Fla., on Friday, May 17, 2013.
Francis Boll Gibbs, 40, husband of LeAnne (Holdman) Gibbs, was born Dec. 26, 1972, in Jacksonville, Fla., to Frances May Wentz and George Williams Gibbs III.
He was raised in Fernandina Beach, Fla., 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 at Gainesville, and was admitted to the Florida Bar Association in 1999.
Francis’ career included practicing law at Fernandina Beach, Fla., serving as legislative counsel for Congressman Ander Crenshaw and as chief of staff for Congressman Connie Mack IV in Washington, D.C. It culminated with his service as chief of staff for the Florida Department of Transportation in Tallahassee.
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 the 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 wife, LeAnne Renee (Holdman) Gibbs; his son, Couper Marshall Gibbs; his daughter, Riley Ingraham Gibbs, all of Tallahassee; his mother, Frances Wentz Taber, Tallahassee; his father, George Williams Gibbs III, and his stepmother, Ann Darden Gibbs, of Jacksonville, Fla.; his sisters, Elizabeth Winslow (Sean) McAuliffe of Tallahassee and Catherine Gibbs Juan, Ann Gibbs Giampetro, and Elizabeth Stockton Gibbs, all of Jacksonville; his brother Robert Kingsley (Melinda) Gibbs, of Jacksonville; and three nieces and three nephews.
He was preceded in death by his brother, George Williams Gibbs IV of St. Augustine, Fla., and his stepfather, Robert Weiss Taber of Tallahassee.
Francis will be interred, with private graveside services, at Oak Lawn Cemetery in Jacksonville on May 23, 2013. A celebration of his life will follow from 2 to 4 p.m., at The Florida Yacht Club in Jacksonville. 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, 4146 Faulkner Lane, Tallahasee FL 32311.
Online condolences maybe made at www.beggsfuneralhomes.com.
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