OBITUARY

Carl Frazier Gibbs Jr.

April 3, 1947April 1, 2021

Carl Frazier Gibbs Jr. April 3rd, 1947 Born in Beaumont tx Lizzie (Chic) and Carl Gibbs with sisters Carolyn Kirk and Christy Gibbs Grew up starting on Church St and then moved at age 5 to Saxe St. in Beaumont.

Carl, (Carlie by family members) went through school at Pietzch Elementary, MacArthur Jr High and then South Park High School. At the age of 12, Carl became interested in playing the piano. He took piano lessons from Andy Roundine down the street. Because of his passion for learning, Chic and Carl bought him a small baby grand piano. Going into high school, he took piano lessons from a Lamar professor who ran the music department. After High School, Carl went to Lamar to get his degree in Music. There, he received his Masters in Music. He began working at Houston Baptist University for many years as director of the Music Department. He was there until he retired. Even after retirement, he taught students, young and old, piano from his living room on Chenevert St. Carl met Juan Hernandez and they lived in Houston together for 44 years before Juan passed away in 2017. After Carl retired, he and Juan began to dabble in antiques. Juan worked on his painting and art while Carl worked on dishware. They opened California Connections Dinnerware Shop in Houston. Carl never gave up teaching piano lessons until he passed. Music was his life. During their years of collecting glassware, Carl wrote a book on Metlox and became the expert on it. Carl had a great influence on so many peoples lives and a profound effect on those he met. Carl taught them how to present themselves in all walks of life. He was well loved and respected by people of all ages that came through his life and will be missed by all. He is preceded in death by Chic Gibbs, Carl Gibbs, Juan Fernandez, Christy Gibbs and Clarence Kirk. He is survived by Carolyn Kirk, his sister. A graveside service will be held on April 14th, 2021 at 2:00 pm at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

Services

  • A Celebration of Carl's Life

    Tuesday, April 13, 2021

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Sharon Stevenson Siebern

April 14, 2021

Carl and I went to Bingman Elementary and were often in the same room. We were buddies. He was smart, kind and funny. I admired that he played piano when the rest of our friends could not! We lost touch as we went to high school and college, but I never forgot him. It seems that our paths crossed through the years, yet never at the same time in the same place. As a volunteer at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, I drive down Montrose weekly. I would pass a business called Gibbs Marine. It's gone now, but I always thought of Carl and wondered how he was. I married a musician who occasionally rehearses a group at HBU. I did not know that Carl worked there. To his family, you have my deepest sympathy. I know he will be missed.

Luanna Wilson

April 14, 2021

I am so very sorry to hear of Carlie’s passing, Carolyn. He was such a gifted man and I have so many fond memories of listening to his beautiful music when we would visit the house on Saxe St. His music was a blessing to the world. You and your family are in our prayers. God bless you!

Dwayne Casey

April 14, 2021

I admired Carl for his many talents, positive outlook and persistence. He always persevered and was extremely resourceful. One small example would be when he had technical hardware, software, and knowledge challenges in setting up Zoom Video meetings. Although he was frustrated with the technology, he pressed on until he was able to set them up with relative ease and without assistance.

When Juan passed he maintained his determination to contribute, improve and live. Blessing to you Caroline and your family. Carl will be missed,

Laurie Helmke Jordan

April 14, 2021

Dear Carolyn...our family sends our heartfelt sympathy and prayers to you and your family. We cherish our wonderful memories of times shared with the Gibbs family. We all have “treasures” that remind us of your precious mom and our families’ special friendship. Keeping you close in thoughts. With our love, Laurie

Sherri Elder

April 8, 2021

I knew Carl as a friend and as a piano student (starting in 1995!). In fact we had a zoom lesson two days before he went in the hospital during the ice/snow storm. He was a marvelous teacher with great enthusiasm and optimism. I am sorry for your loss. May God grant you peace and comfort during this time. Our family will keep you in our prayers.
With sympathy, Sherri Elder

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