January 12, 1936 ~ April 17, 2022

Born in: Caldwell Co., NC
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Rev. Dr. Lewis C. Gibbs moved from this life to the Church Triumphant at Mission Hospital on Easter Sunday, April 17, 2022.

He was born in Caldwell County on January 12, 1936, to Jason L. Gibbs and Lois B. Gibbs. After attending Hudson High School, he entered the U.S. Air Force and served four years. He married Doris W. “Dottie” Walker in 1955, beginning their 67 blessed years together. In 1961 he answered the call to Christian ministry and their real journey began.

Lewis served churches in Vanceboro, NC, Statesville, and Granite Falls as he pursued his education and moved to serve in Chicopee, GA, while attending seminary at Emory University. Back in NC he served in Hickory and Concord before being appointed to Groce UMC in Asheville, where the family fell in love with living in the mountains. After moving to serve in Charlotte, he and Dottie felt a call to serve a term in Meru, Kenya, before moving back to serve in Greensboro while Dottie attended seminary at Duke University and he earned his D. Min at Drew University. He served one more appointment in Charlotte before being appointed to serve as District Superintendent of the Asheville District, his final appointment. Wherever they were, Lewis always made an impact, loved the people and received their love in return. In 2011 they moved to Givens Estates.

In addition to his parents, Rev. Dr. Gibbs is predeceased by daughter Amy L. Gibbs (Canclini) and brother Danny Gibbs.

He loved his family with all his heart and was proud of their every accomplishment. In addition to Dottie, left to cherish the memory of his great love of them are their children, Mark W. Gibbs (Janice) of Asheville and John L. Gibbs (Lisa) of Boone; grandchildren, Hannah G. Schauer (Kipper) and Sarah Jane Moore (Stuart) of Asheville, Jack Gibbs (Liz) of James Island, SC, Annie Gray Holt (Richard) of Durham, Bailey S. Gibbs of Greensboro, Luca, Marie-Chantal and Emily Canclini and special “son-in-law,’ Camillo Canclini of St. Gallen Switzerland; great grandson, Walker Gibbs; and brother, Joe Gibbs (Sammie) of Granite Falls, NC.

The Service of Remembrance and Celebration for Rev. Dr. Gibbs will be held in Pulliam Chapel at Givens Estates on Friday, April 22 at 3 p.m.

Memorials may be made to the Resident Assistance Fund at Givens Estates, Covenant Community UMC, 11 Rocket Drive, Asheville, NC 28803 or the charity of your choice.

Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue is assisting the family.


Memorial Service: April 22, 2022 3:00 pm

Pulliam Chapel at Givens Estates
100 Wesley Drive
Asheville, 28803


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


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  1. I am one of many that appreciated Lewis so much. The Disciple Classes he taught us were wonderful. I know you will all miss this wonderful man but I believe God is with you and will comfort you.

  2. My heart and prayers goes out to Dottie Mark and John and all the GIBBS family I’m sorry that Me and my family cannot attend we love and miss you all so much and our prayers are with you during this time

  3. Thinking of all of you. Lewis will be missed by all who knew him. He was very special to me for many years. Prayers continue for you❤️

  4. I have long admired and looked up to Lewis as someone who typified everything that was right about his call to ministry!

  5. Please accept our sincere condolences. Our love and prayers will continue to be with you all as your grief journey begins

  6. Dottie and family — I join countless others in surrounding you in much love and many prayers. Know that you are loved.

  7. Larry and I send our love and prayers. We have many fond memories of Lewis from his time at HGUMC in our early years there.

  8. We are so sad to hear of Lewis’s passing. We came to adore him and Dottie in Disciple I. We learned so much yet the most important thing Lewis brought to us was his example of compassion to all. I am so grateful for his leadership in our mission trip to Kenya. It was so warming to see the close bonds of friendship and love from those who worked and worshiped with him in his days in Kenya. He will be missed.

  9. Dr. Gibbs made so many contributions to the Reynolds community. I know exactly where he lived in east Asheville and also remember his contribution to pointing kids in the right direction. My son was at Reynolds in the 80s and he was impacted by Dr. Gibbs, as were many others. May you have eternal rest and peace. You made a BIG difference in the Reynolds community.

  10. Dr. Alex & Carol Snyder, along with our daughter, Sarah & Davis Diehl, knew Lewis very well. Carol traveled to Meru, Kenya, Africa and met Lewis & Dottie there when she was on a missionary trip from Central U.M.Church, Monroe, NC. We met up with Lewis again, when Dottie was minister in Weaverville, NC. He certainly will be missed by us all.

  11. I just happened to look up Lewis today. I am so sorry for your loss. Lewis & Dottie were at St. Stephen UMC in Charlotte when my husband, Jim & I joined. Lewis baptized our son, Bryan in 1986 not long before Lewis & Dottie left for Kenya. Over the years I have remembered Lewis & Dottie with much fondness. Our prayers are with you all.


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