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Jo "Hobby" Malcolm Gibbs
January 26, 1935 ~ January 7, 2024 (age 88) 88 Years Old
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Jo Malcolm "Hobby" Gibbs, of Jeffersonville, IN, passed away on Sunday, January 7, 2024, at the age of 88.
Born on January 26, 1935, Hobby's early years were marked by both athleticism and academic excellence. A proud graduate of Jeffersonville High School in 1953, he left an indelible mark on the basketball court, showcasing his talent and determination. His skills led him to Vanderbilt University, where he not only played basketball but also earned a spot in the top 10 all-time rebounding records, cementing his legacy in the sport.
Hobby's commitment to education was unwavering. After Vanderbilt, he pursued a Master's degree from the University of Evansville, further enriching his knowledge and contributing to his successful career. His dedication to service extended beyond his professional life, as he proudly served in the US Army, exemplifying the values of duty and honor.
Settling in Greenwood, Indiana, Hobby was a dedicated insurance salesman for Blue Cross Blue Shield and a long time member of New Hope Church.. He also volunteered his time with Big Brother Big Sister in Indianapolis and showcased his passion for mentoring and guiding the next generation. Hobby's coaching journey in basketball touched the lives of numerous young athletes. From coaching 8th grade basketball at Utica to high school basketball at New Washington High School, Huntingburg High School, Mt. Vernon High School, and Adams Central High School, he left an enduring impact on the sport and the lives of his players.
An avid supporter of the Indianapolis Colts, Hobby's loyalty to his team was unmatched. As a season ticket holder for 30 years, he cheered for the Colts through victories and defeats, embodying the true spirit of a dedicated sports enthusiast.
Hobby was preceded in death by his parents, Jo Watkins Gibbs and Miriam Rose-Gibbs; and his son, Michael Robert Gibbs.
He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Sherry Gibbs; his daughter, Kelly Jo Colvin; two grandsons, Michael Colvin (Brittney), Daniel Colvin; a great grandson, Kilian Colvin; and three siblings, Lindsey Gibbs (Kit), Betty McCormick and Nan McCullough (Larry).
In Honoring Hobby, please join the Gibbs Family for a memorial visitation on Friday, January 12, 2024 from 1-5 PM, followed by a Celebration of Life service at 5 PM, at Scott Funeral Home, 2515 Veterans Pkwy in Jeffersonville.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made online: Tunnel To Towers Foundation, www.T2T.org
To leave a special message for the family, please visit: www.scottfuneralhome.com