Boston “BJ” Gibbs, Jr.
April 30, 1933 - May 22, 2021
Boston “BJ” Gibbs, Jr. was born on April 30, 1933, in Florence, SC, to Boston Gibbs and Lottie (Lavia) Hyman Hugee. “Uncle BJ” and “Ole Man” as he was affectionately known by his family, was raised by his grandmother, Thelma Gibbs.
BJ attended Gibbs High School in South Carolina. At the age of 15, he joined the military by using his brother’s birthdate and saying that he was 17 years old. BJ quickly realized that the military life was not for him. So, he wrote his mother a letter asking her to sign him out. Her reply was “I didn’t sign you in and I’m not going to sign you out. You have to do this time!” BJ went on to serve 3 years in the U.S. Army.
In 1954, in Pamplico, SC, BJ met the love of his life, Georgia Ellis. They were married on November 8, 1955. In 1957, Boston and Georgia migrated to Brooklyn, New York. It was there, where they had their six children; three sons (Dennis, Stanley, and Kendall) and three daughters (Michelle, Felicia, and LeKeicha).
On September 25, 1965, BJ made the most important decision of his life. After coming to know about God’s promises for mankind, such as no more sickness, no more death, and endless life on a paradise earth. He put his former life and ways behind him and dedicated his life to Jehovah God and symbolized it by water baptism!
His favorite scripture was Proverbs 3:5,6 it says “Trust in Jehovah with all your heart, And do not rely on your own understanding. In all your ways take notice of him, And he will make your paths straight.”
BJ was an extremely hard worker and provider for his family. He worked at CERRO Wire and Cable Company where he did electrical work. BJ was a firm, strong, kind, loving and spiritual minded father and father-n-law. His knowledge, guidance and practical wisdom was the foundation of his family. He loved spending time with his family. He showed his children, nieces, and nephews how to drive long distance, especially when traveling south for vacations. His famous words were “stay in the middle and drive the speed limit.” Some of his hobbies were fishing, checkers, and BJ especially loved playing cards. He was an avid Spades and Bid Whiz player. He had a reputation as a fierce “trash talker” when playing cards.
BJ will truly be missed by a myriad of nieces, nephews, extended family, friends, and loved ones. Uncle BJ had various nicknames for his nieces, and nephews. Those nieces and nephews know who they are.
BJ was preceded in death by two sisters and one brother. He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Georgia Mae Gibbs; daughters, Michelle Heath (William), Felicia Gibbs, and LeKeicha Williams; sons, Dennis Gibbs, Stanley Gibbs, and Kendall Gibbs; grandchildren, Theresa Gibbs, Demetrius Heath (Brielle), DaJi Gibbs, DeVaughn Heath, De’Arius Williams, Justin Gibbs, Dhanarie Gibbs, Diamond Williams, Deonte Heath, Da’Naya Williams, Dhakayla Heath, and D’Kendra Gibbs; great grandchildren, Demi Rose Heath, Amari Heath, Yasmin Williams, Dakota Heath, and Malanie Ruth Gibbs; and faithful canine companion, Chanel.
All services will be held privately.
Family members and friends who are unable to attend BJ’s service can live stream the service anytime after 1:30 pm on Saturday, May 29, 2021, on Zoom via meeting ID 815-5231-1139 and password 238834.