Laurence Gibbs Sr., 64, of Battle Creek passed away February 18, 2020 at Bronson Battle Creek Hospital. Laurence was born September 27, 1954 in Nashville, Tennessee to the late Howard Gibbs Sr. and Hazel (Tinner) Gibbs. The family later relocated to Battle Creek, MI, where he attended Battle Creek Public Schools. He then graduated from Battle Creek Central High School. Laurence worked for The Battle Creek Enquirer as a paper boy in his younger years. He then began a career as a shoe salesman and manager for The Shoe Corporation of America. (Known as Schiff Shoe Store). He left Battle Creek and relocated to Grand Rapids where he continued to work in shoe sales. Laurence also worked other jobs as well.
He is survived by his sons, Daryl and Larry Gibbs Jr.; daughters, Lakeska Gibbs of Grand Rapids, MI, Brianna Sutton, of Cadillac, MI, Unekqua Bratton of Columbus, OH, and Kamyia Gibbs of Dayton, OH; a host of grandchildren with one on the way; brothers, Howard (Peggy) Gibbs Jr. of Atlanta, GA, Leonard Gibbs III of Germany and Dewitt (Sandra) Pullen of Nashville, TN; sisters, Shirlene Gibbs Shelby of Battle Creek, Glenda Gibbs of Battle Creek, Phyllis Gibbs and Joetta Alderson of Nashville, TN. Larry also leaves to cherish a host of nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, many cousins, including special cousins, Anthony Gibbs Sr., Lonnie Watkins and friends. Larry was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Leroy Gibbs Sr.
The funeral service will be held at Baxter Funeral and Cremation Services, on Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 12:00 pm, with the family receiving friends an hour prior to the service. Interment will take place at Oak Hill Cemetery following the funeral service.