October 26, 1945 ~ February 24, 2022 (age 76)


Johnnie Lee Gibson was born on October 26, 1945, in San Diego, California. He was the fifth of six children born to Mandy and J.D.Gibson, Sr. Johnnie was baptized at an early age at Trinity Baptist Church by Reverend W.L. Gayton. Johnnie was educated in the San Diego Unified School District. He attended Lincoln High School and was a proud Hornet, Class of 1963.

Johnnie was married to Lera Lee Macon from 1977 to 1986, and from this union, Amanda Jane, Johnnie’s only child was born. John was married to Linda Nell Gibson in 2000 and remained married until her death in 2006. From that union, Johnnie gained three stepsons, Christopher, Anthony and Eric Bell.

After he had his head in the sand for some years, Johnnie came back running. Johnnie received his Associates degree in Psychology from San Diego City College, his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and his Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from San Diego State University. Johnnie was a member of the Mortar Board Honor Society, which is a national society recognizing college seniors for their exemplary scholarship, leadership, and service Johnnie would say, he’s probably the oldest student that still being funded by their parents to get their education.

Johnnie was truly a people person and one who served his country and community. He was drafted into the United States Army during the Vietnam War and served from 1968 to 1970. He served as a San Diego Firefighter, a Drug and Alcohol Counselor, and later as a Rehabilitation Counselor for the State of California until his retirement.

In 2020, Johnnie left his home state of California and moved to Cabot, Arkansas to be near his daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter. While there, Johnnie reunited with his first wife, Lera, who cared for him when he became ill. On February 24, 222, Johnnie, also known as “Blu” to his many friends and family, was called home to be with the Lord.

Johnnie was preceded in death by his parents Mandy and J.D. Gilson, Sr., brother Robert Lee Gibson, brother J.D.Gibson, Jr., and his wife Linda Nell Gibson.

Left to cherish his memory are his daughter Amanda Brown (Dustin) of Cabot, Arkansas; granddaughter Leia Brown of Cabot, Arkansas; former wife Lera Gibson of Arkadelphia, Arkansas; sisters Helen Gaston, Bettie Johnson, and Dorothy Lowery (Joe), all of San Diego, California: uncle Caleb Oliver of San Diego, California. Also left to cherish his memory are a host of incredible nieces and nephews; and many other family members and friends who will remember him always.

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March 22, 2022

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
5050 Federal Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92102

Funeral Service
March 23, 2022

11:00 AM

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