Wed. May 31st, 2023

John Powell Gibson III, born August 26,1965 in Birmingham, Alabama, passed away the afternoon of Thursday, May 18, 2023, of complications from multiple infections resulting in septic shock at Medical City Alliance in Fort Worth, Texas.

The graveside service will be at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 27, 2023 at Southern Heritage Cemetery in Pelham, Alabama.

In honor of John’s life, the family respectfully requests giving a donation to Dementia Friendly Fort Worth at

John’s religious background was varied. He was raised in both the Church of God and the Church of Christ and found himself comfortable in various church settings. He collected Bibles and loved reading them! He read through the Bible yearly until he was unable to do so.

John was highly intelligent and attended RLC (Resource Learning Center), a school for the gifted in Homewood, Alabama. He graduated from W.A. Berry High School in Birmingham and attended Lee College in Cleveland, Tennessee, where he met his wife, Janine. He later earned an Associates Degree in Electronics Engineering Technology from Herzing Institute In Birmingham.

John worked in IT, cable installation, and various delivery services. His favorite jobs were tech support, delivering office supplies for UAB (University of Alabama at Birmingham) and flowers for Martin’s Florist. He was passionate about collecting Bibles, knives, dice, and more. In his younger years, he loved running role-playing games. When he could no longer run them, he enjoyed playing them, and eventually just reading about them. In addition to being highly intelligent, he was knowledgeable about many subjects, and loved to engage in discussions with anyone concerning anything.

John and Janine celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary April 23, 2023. In the earlier years of their marriage, he cared for Janine when she had health issues. As she recovered from her health impediments, John began to have pronounced health difficulties. His chronic health problems, including dementia, affected their lives for almost 25 years. As a result of his diminishing abilities, his life was constantly changing, which grieved both him and his family. Despite his and Janine’s health issues, their 35-year marriage was wonderful and happy.

Although the cause of death was sepsis, John’s dementia contributed significantly. Dementia limited his brain’s ability to recognize the onset of strep until it had spread throughout his body. In addition, dementia deteriorated his capacity to signal his immune system to effectively fight the multiple infections enveloping his body.

John is survived by wife, Janine Ford Gibson; his mom, Phyllis Thomas Gibson; biological mom, Marjorie Ward; brother, Thomas Edwards; sisters, Monica Koenig, Suzette Walters, and Rachael McCann; a number of cousins; and a multitude of beloved nieces and nephews.

John was preceded in death by his father, John Powell Gibson, Jr.; grandparents, John Powell Gibson, Ruth Statum Gibson, Harold Philip Thomas, and Doris B Thomas. John was looking forward to reuniting with his grandparents in heaven.

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