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Joel Stanley “Stan” Gibbons

Joel Stanley “Stan” Gibbons, 68, of Paris, Kentucky, passed away on January 1st, 2024 at the University of Kentucky Hospital. He was born January 27th, 1955 in Little Rock, Arkansas. Stan was a man who truly loved life, good food, and good music. He had a magnetic personality and never met a stranger. Often seen in his signature denim bibs and Birkenstocks, with no socks, he always embraced his unique style. Stan was a man of great faith and worshipped at 7th Street Christian Church. He found solace in his religious community and enjoyed spreading the word of God through his music.

In his younger years, Stan served in the Air Force from March 11th, 1975 to May 12th, 1979. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Kentucky on May 11th, 1985.

Stan leaves behind a legacy of love and cherished memories. He is survived by his beloved wife, Shelia Gatewood, his mother, Billie Jean Gibbons, his siblings Suzanne (David Shelley) O’ Clair, April (the late Danny) Byrd, Jill (Nasser) Mirhosseyni, Joel Edward Gibbons III, Rex Boyd, Douglas (Bonnie) Jones, Terry (Miranda) Jones, Craig (Gypsy) Jones, and Gary (Beverly) Boyd. Stan was a loving father to his children Antoinette (Jerome) Walker, LaBradford (Jamie) Gatewood, Jevon (Lee Dale) Gibbons, and Ryan Skylar Gibbons. His grandchildren Melyk (Samantha), Kaizer, Kalani, Maddox, Gracie, and Barron brought him immense joy, and he adored his great-grandchildren Lara and Miles. Stan also leaves behind his favorite mother in law, Emma Jones, a loving aunt, Virginia Boyd, special uncles, George Clemons, and Monroe Clemons Sr., a cherished nephew, Blake Nutter, best friend, Travis (Jamequa) Newson, and a host of additional family and friends who will miss him dearly.

Stan is preceded in death by his father, Joel Edward Gibbons Jr., and his son Jesse Gibbons. Their memories will forever be held close to the hearts of those who loved them.

More than anything, Stan would want his life to be celebrated, rather than mourned. A visitation will be held on Saturday, January 13th from 12-1 p.m., followed by a service from 1-2 p.m. at 7th Street Christian Church in Paris, Kentucky. A celebration of Stan’s life will take place after the service at Bourbon County Legion Park.

Stan will be remembered for his zest for life, his warm heart, and his ability to bring people together. He will be deeply missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

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