Obituary of Fayrene Gibbs-Lovins
Fayrene Gibbs-Lovins of Port Charlotte, Florida, passed away on November 5, 2022. She was 87 years old. She was born in Haleyville, Alabama on July 13, 1935, to parents Fred Black and Bivi McBroom Black. She was a native of Clyde, Ohio before moving to Florida. She married Albert H. Gibbs until he passed and then remarried to Wilbert Lovins. She was a housewife and loved cooking and quilting. She was an avid church member of the Tri-City Baptist Church. Fayrene is survived by her daughter Wanda (Steve) Potter of Clyde, Ohio and their children Jamie (Molly McCarty) Potter of California and Derek P. Potter of Tennessee; son Rev. Bud (Sue Freedley) Gibbs of Venice, Florida and Bud's children Monica L. (Jorge Simon) Gibbs of Port Charlotte, Fl and Aaron D. Gibbs of North Port, Fl; brother Lacy W. (Grace) Black of Fremont. Ohio; and sister-in-law Beatrice Martin of Clyde, Ohio. She also has many nieces, nephews, and grandchildren. Fayrene is predeceased by her husbands "Al" Albert H. Gibbs and Wilbert Lovins; parents Fred and Bivi Black; brothers, Billy Ray Black and James Larry Black and his wife Peggy as well as a grandson Allen "AJ" Jeremiah Gibbs(Rev. Bud's child). “Everything I could think of about my mother was good, (mostly) funny, and wonderful.” Mom was committed to her faith, family, and friends. “She was a master cook in the kitchen. She believed in using her gift to cook for her church and family. She provided meals as recently as a month ago to those working on the church property, rebuilding it after hurricane Ian. While cleaning out her car I found fresh tomatoes, onions, and chili ingredients as she was set to prepare another meal at her church. She was a faithful servant of her savior, Jesus Christ, at Tri-City Baptist Church. Our mom was dedicated to her family, always bearing, and giving gifts. You could not visit her without getting a “gift” as you left. She bragged regularly about her two kids, their kids, and her great grandkids. She loved Christmas, particularly because she would have her family and food together. She decorated the house full of Christmas décor! Family was so important she finally made a trip back to Ohio this past summer, seeing all her family…her daughter, her brother, her sister-in-law, along with all of her nieces and nephews and dear friends Pat and Maryann. It was a highlight she spoke of often returning to Florida. Fay loved her friends. Helping one of them move into their new condo just a week before she passed. Making sure her home was cleaned and “put away”. She could organize a friend’s home to their amazement. She had friends she spent the night with, and the friends stayed with her when she was sick and afflicted. Mom was dedicated to her friends and they to her. Our mom loved her Faith, Family, and Friends, and being a long-time member of Tri-City Baptist Church, she worked out her faith serving her family, and friends at her church and in her home. There will be a memorial service on Monday, November 14th at 2pm at Charlotte Memorial Funeral Home (9400 Indian Spring Cemetery Road, Punta Gorda, FL 33950). Officiating will be Rev. Bud Gibbs and Pastor Jay Shepard from the Tri-City Baptist Church. There will also be a memorial service at the Harvest Baptist Temple in Clyde, Ohio (1022 S. Main Street, Clyde, Ohio 43410) on Saturday, November 19, 2022, starting at noon. That service will be officiated by Rev. Bud Gibbs and Rev. Jim Belcher. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation in Fayrene's name to the Harvest Baptist Temple Missions Department (address above).