Daniel Reese Gibbs

December 23, 1946May 3, 2021

Daniel Gibbs of Decatur, AL passed away at the age of 74 on Monday, May 3, 2021.

Dan entered this world on a cold, Monday morning in Louisville, KY on December 23, 1946. He grew up on a farm in Dickson, TN. He graduated from Tennessee Technical University with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, and then spent most of his life living in Chattanooga, TN working for the Electric Power Board as an electrical engineer for 30 years. After he retired, he continued his career as an engineer at the Decatur Utilities for 16 years.

Dan entered the US Army during the Vietnam conflict and served in the artillery division. He was proud of his service and was the type of man who revered duty and responsibility.

Dan spent 50 years married to the love of his life, Donna Scruggs, traveling the US and showing her all the new places she wanted to visit. Together they raised two daughters, Jennifer and Mendy, running them to play rehearsals, church events and cheerleading practice. He loved his three grandsons, Evan, Owen and Fox, and never minded getting into the floor to teach them a new game or play with a new toy. Dan was a member of First Bible Church in Decatur, AL. Throughout his life, he always volunteered in the church, serving in the media ministry and as a deacon.

He was a quiet, gentle, generous soul. He was smart, with a silly sense of humor. He was a loving, empathetic husband and father.

Dan was preceded in death by his father, Harry, and his mother, Mary Sue.

He is survived by his wife, Donna, his two brothers, Bill (Joyce) and Kenny (Betty), his daughters, Jennifer (John) and Mendy (Jason), his grandsons Evan, Owen and Fox and multiple nieces and nephews. The funeral service will be held at the Chattanooga Funeral Home East Chapel at 1pm Eastern on Tuesday, May 11, 2021. Visitation will begin at 11am and precede the service. A Decatur visitation will be held Saturday, May 8 from 3-6pm Central at Roselawn Funeral Home. He will be laid to rest in the Chattanooga National Cemetery with military honors provided by the United States Army Honor Guard and the American Legion Post 95.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Gideons International. Donations can be made at the funeral home.

The family would like to thank Comfort Care Home Health, Kindred Home Health Services, the Veterans Administration and Comfort Care Hospice.

We respectfully request that all current mandates set forth by the CDC and the Hamilton County Health Department be adhered to. This includes “social distancing” and wearing masks at all times while on the premises.

Arrangements are under the care of Chattanooga Funeral Home Crematory and Florist East Chapel, 404 South Moore Rd. East Ridge, TN 37412.

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Nadine Freeman

May 11, 2021

My thoughts and prayers are with you in the loss of your loved one, Dan. Remembering the times we worked together at EPBECU . God bless his family at this difficult time. Blessings, Nadine Freeeman

Chuck Stevens

May 11, 2021

I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Dan at the Power Board. Dan was a smart, honest, caring, hard working and patient man. He's the kind of individual that you knew was a Christian. He was a joy to work with and know. He will be missed by everyone who knew him. God's speed Dan Gibbs!

Suzanne Dorris

May 11, 2021

Dan was my very first supervisor at EPB. When I joined his department, EPB acquired the very first personal computer at EPB. Our entire department shared one computer. I remember working with Dan, using this new technology to build spreadsheets, word documents, and trying out new analysis software. Dan was always interested in the latest technology and his forward thinking helped move EPB into the digital world. I could not have asked to work for a more intelligent individual, a more helpful manager, or a better person. I will always remember Dan as one of my greatest mentors.

Joyce Hardin

May 11, 2021

Dear Family,
We are so sad to loose our friend Dan.
Our prayers go out to you during this time of loss.
Love and Prayers,
the Ben Hardin Family
(Ben, Joyce, Rita, and Laura)

Jackson Case

May 7, 2021

I am so sorry for your loss. I had the pleasure of working with Dan for many years at EPB. He was always a friend even though we worked in different divisions (Engineering and Operation). We were in constant contact and I am proud to have known him. I cannot come to the visitation due to a doctors appointment, but I will keep your family in my prayers. Jackson Case, Retired EPB

Thomas Pittman

May 6, 2021

Donna! He was like a genius to me.
I weep with you over your and our loss.
Our paths separated after epb. But he was not forgotten.
I remember the girls he told me he sent to Carson Newman college.

As long as they are alive, his live continues here.

May God's presence comfort and Cheer your heart.

Tom Pittman

Lin Guy

May 6, 2021

Please accept my deepest sympathy to the loved ones of Dan Gibbs for their loss. I was fortunate to work in Dan's department at the Electric Power Board for a number of years where I'll always remember him as a trusted mentor and friend.

Joe Cates

May 4, 2021

I am so sorry. I got to know Dan working with the sound system at church. I know he will be greatly missed, but he is with Jesus now.