Jon Cross "J.C." Gibbs, 67, passed away in the night on Saturday, April 12, 2008. Jon was born September 26th, 1940 to the late Fredrick William Taylor and the late Augustus Lorine Taylor, of Culpepper County, Virginia.
In 1976, Jon retired from the U.S. Navy, as a Chief (E-7), after 21 years of honorable service. After his naval service, Jon earned an A.A. in Corrections, a B.A. in Criminal Justice, and a M.E.D. in Education.
In 2003, Jon retired from the State of Florida, after 15 years of service. Jon was well-known as a teacher, from elementary level to college level courses. He was most recently teaching the ESE/Autism class at Bayview Elementary School. His students loved him, and knew him as ?Papa Jon?. He taught his last class on Friday the day before his passing.
Jon was preceded in death by an infant sibling sister, and one of his daughters, Susan Melissa (Misty) Swain. Jon was survived by his loving wife and companion of twenty-three years, Brenda Joyce Holton Gibbs. He was also survived by four sons - Timothy Gibbs (Mirielle) of Sarasota, FL, Terry Gibbs of St. Simons Island, GA, Ted Gibbs (Tammy) of Douglas, GA, and Dewayne Swain (Carrie) of Glen St. Mary, FL. Jon was also survived by one of his daughters, Danita Crews (Pat) of Lake Butler, FL. Jon was survived by two brothers, Robert Taylor of Maryland, and Joseph Taylor (Brenda) of Spotsylvania, VA. Jon was also survived by two sisters, Alicia Garnett of Anniston, AL and Kate Herr of Maryland. Jon was also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
The Funeral Services will be held at Christian Fellowship Temple in Macclenny, FL, on Wednesday April 16th, 2008 at 2:00 pm, with Pastor David Thomas and Pastor Timmy Thomas officiating. Interment will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Tuesday April 15th, 2008 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, at Christian Fellowship Temple in Macclenny, FL. The arrangements are under the care and direction of V. TODD FERREIRA FUNERAL SERVICES, 250 North Lowder Street, Macclenny, FL 32063 (904)259-5700. Visit www.vtoddferreira.com to sign the family's guest book.