James C. Gibson

Born in Jasper, AL on April 5, 1944

Departed on November 9, 2013 and resided in Nashville, TN

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JAMES CLIFFORD GIBSON, age 69, Nashville, TN. (November 9, 2013, after an extended illness). James C. Gibson was born April 5, 1944 to Hugh Earl and Eunice Gibson in Jasper, AL. He was predeceased by his parents and brother, Hugh Ronald Gibson. Survivors include his lovely wife, Barbara P. Gibson; daughter, Jennifer, and her husband, Judd Austin; grandchildren, Savannah Norton and Connor Norton; and son, Jonathan Earl Gibson. He earned a B.M. degree from Samford University in Birmingham, AL and a M.C.M. from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in New Orleans, LA, from which he received an Alumnus Award in 2005. Jim’s faith in Jesus Christ was the cornerstone of his life. He was a business executive and church music minister who exerted strong visionary leadership and management skills throughout his career, particularly in administration, organization, and marketing communications. He was known as a developer, seeing potential in projects and people that led to growth in companies he served and ministry results. Jim held three strategic roles over twelve years at LifeWay Christian Resources/Baptist Sunday School Board, from which he retired in 2004: Director of Music, Publishing, & Recording (2001-2004); Associate Director of Music Ministries Department (1997-2001); and Youth/Adult Music Consultant (1976-81). At LifeWay, Jim led in innovation with first-to-evangelical market downloadable music products and DVD choral accompaniment tracks. He created a song copyright publishing segment of LifeWay, including the hiring of a creative director and songwriters. As a music consultant at Baptist Sunday School Board, he was also a frequent speaker across the U. S., giving leadership to program development for youth and adult music ministry for the Southern Baptist Convention. After he retired from LifeWay, Jim served as Vice President of External Relations for Mid-Continent University in Mayfield, KY and he served as a member of the Executive Selection Committee for The Baptist Hymnal (2008) published by LifeWay. Jim was also an executive in the broader Christian music industry, having serving from 1994-1997 as Executive Project Manager for creation of The Celebration Hymnal ; Vice President/General Manager of Meadowgreen Music in Nashville, TN (1989-1994), giving leadership to product development, music publishing, recordings, and marketing and promotion; Vice President and Director positions at Word Music in Nashville, TN and Waco, TX (1981-1989), where he cast a vision for the company, led and managed employees producing church music products, led the company to create several first-to-market choral and instrumental products, engineered organizational structure, and led in the creation of The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration, one of the best selling hymnals in a history of Christian music. In addition to serving churches through meeting their product needs, Jim served churches directly in ministry throughout his life: full time minister of music and administration at Bellevue Baptist Church, Nashville, TN; minister of music at First Baptist Church, Broken Arrow, OK (1974-1976); First Baptist Church, Beaumont, TX (1972-1974); and Temple Baptist Church, Ruston, LA (1968-1972); and part-time or interim minister of music at Ponderosa Baptist Church, Cadiz, KY; Judson Baptist Church, Nashville, TN; and Dickerson Road Baptist Church, Nashville, TN. Visitation will be held at Harpeth Hills Memorial Gardens on Monday, November 11, 2013 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Funeral service will be held at Bellevue Baptist Church on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 11:00 AM. HARPETH HILLS MEMORY GARDENS, (615)646-9292.

22 Comments to James C. Gibson

  1. Bill Smith Jr
    November 9, 2013 11:43 pm

    I thank the Lord for Jim’s touch on my life as a mentor, encourager, minister of music, but most of all as my friend. The entire family is in our prayers. Bill and Jan Smith

  2. Shirley Kay
    November 10, 2013 1:34 pm

    I only know of Mr. Gibson through his beautiful daughter, Jennifer. Because of my friendship with her I understand he was quite remarkable and touched many. May peace and love surround him now as it did on earth.

  3. Carolynn Jeffrey
    November 10, 2013 2:25 pm

    Jim’s faith was and will continue to be an inspiration to me. He was the epitome of Christian. Thank you Jim!!

  4. Chuck and Rhonda Kelley
    November 10, 2013 5:28 pm

    Grateful for the friendship of this godly man! Jim’s life will continue to influence us and inspire us. Praying also for Barbara and the family!

    Blessings,
    Chuck and Rhonda Kelley
    New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

  5. Fran Bailey
    November 10, 2013 7:25 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family of Mr. Gibson. I have known Mr. Gibson for a short time and did not know all of his accomplishments. I just knew that it was always a pleasure to see him. He is no longer in pain or weak. He left his illness in the hands of the Lord. I guess they needed another person in Heaven with a musical/technological background.

    Fran Bailey

  6. Barbara and Jim Speed
    November 10, 2013 9:17 pm

    Jim was instrumental in our joining First Baptist Church, Beaumont, 39 years ago! We were looking for a church home and I had a musical background. I actually visited the choir first, then the church. We went out to eat many Sunday evenings together after church. Loved him and his sense of humor! I have often wondered where he was living and what he was doing, and sad that our families had lost touch. So sorry to hear of his passing, but I know he is rejoicing on high! Prayers going up for the family. God bless you!

  7. Sue Chandler Standerfer
    November 11, 2013 8:15 am

    Thank you Jim for your many years of friendship and dedication and service. We will miss you!
    God be with you Barbara, Jennifer and Johnathan!

    Sue Chandler Standerfer

    • Elizabeth Hostetter
      November 12, 2013 11:45 am

      Sue, I read your comment with thanksgiving for some of my dearest music ministry friends who came to Nashville from Birmingham. Of course, that includes Jim (through Ruhama Baptist) and John (FBC Birmingham). I feel blessed to have been associated with them in those days. How they went on to continue to bless many through their remarkale skills!

  8. John Sanders and Janie DeSilvey Sanders
    November 11, 2013 9:32 am

    Janie and I were both classmates with Jim at Woodlawn and want you to know how sorry we were for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  9. Harold Morgan
    November 11, 2013 11:45 am

    I was a classmate of Jim’s at Woodlawn High School where he was in the Warblers Club and sang 2nd Tenor by me so I was fortunate to hear his beautiful Tenor voice every day we practiced. He also sang a beautiful solo at our graduation from Woodlawn High School in May of 1962. I had spoken with him several times over the past 2 years and know where he is today which is his most important accomplishment. Know all of your family will miss him dearly and I am sadden to learn of your loss but God’s gain! My prayers are with you, Barbara, and your lovely family.

  10. Sue Butler Orr
    November 11, 2013 1:15 pm

    Jim was my friend for many years – in Birmingham at Ruhama Baptist Church, at Woodlawn High School, and at Samford University. We had many great and fun times together. I am so thankful for our Ousley Reunions that made it possible for me to see and talk with him again after many years apart. He truly “Fought The Good Fight.” My thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very sad time.

  11. Bill Taylor
    November 11, 2013 2:25 pm

    I have nothing but the fondest memories of Jim . When I would encounter him in the hallways of LifeWay, he always had that big smile on his face and he was quick to share his excitement concerning new ideas and creative approaches to enriching church music and encouraging ministers of music. He was such a team player. I always felt encouraged after every encounter.

    Our paths crossed briefly after he retired from LifeWay and he assured me that there was no retirement in the service of The Lord. He was ready to sing a new song in The Lord.

  12. Stan Moser
    November 11, 2013 2:27 pm

    Jim was and will always remain a true blessing in my life. He led the charge so often at Word Music, Meadowgreen, and LifeWay! I will always remember his kindness toward me and belief in me. He will be missed, but there is no doubt we will see him again.

  13. Gary Rhodes
    November 11, 2013 2:39 pm

    Jim was a friend and a mentor to me while we both worked at Word Music. I will always remember his encouraging words and valuable counsel he gave me along the way. He always believed in me and challenged me to give my best. I know the Lord used him to touch the lives of many.

  14. Dan Johnson
    November 11, 2013 3:40 pm

    Jim was a dedicated member of our Sunday School Board’s Church Music family, generating Youth and Adult projects with our sister programs in Church Training and Sunday School in a time when the growth of all was inspiring.
    All the best to the family in these next days of remembrance.

  15. Quitman Liner
    November 11, 2013 6:36 pm

    I pray that you will feel God’s comfort knowing that Jim has joined the choir of angels. I attended Woodlawn High School with Jim and enjoyed hearing Jim and the Warblers sing. Although I didn’t get to visit with Jim in person for many, many years, the emails we shared during the past few months were an inspiration to me. I am reminded of Jim when I see the hymnals at my church and the beautiful bluebonnets of central Texas.

    Quitman Liner

  16. Robin Young
    November 11, 2013 9:04 pm

    Barbara,
    You are in my thoughts and prayers. Jim was a great man of God and he will be missed so much. God will give you his strength to walk through this life with him holding your hand.

    Praying for you each day. Your sister in The Lord.
    Robin Young

  17. Elizabeth Hostetter
    November 12, 2013 11:48 am

    Barbara, I am so glad we were able to see both of you at the 2012 Ruhama reunion. Jim’s warm smile, natural grace, affirmation and acceptance of others are things I will always remember about him. Praying for you at this time of sadness.

  18. J. J. Gardenhire
    November 12, 2013 2:37 pm

    During the short time I knew Jim, I found him to very friendly and outgoing. It was good days at Woodlawn High

  19. Martha Anne Sullivan Smith
    November 12, 2013 3:00 pm

    It was good to know Jim while at WHS and then at Samford. His manner was gentle and his smile infectious. God’s Light shined through his eyes and voice. The Lord’s Work was his heart.

    After a life of devotion I feel sure Jim is hearing those words we all Hope to hear from the Lord in Heaven,”Well done, good and faithful servant. Come, let us Celebrate together.” (Matt 25:21)

    Much Comfort and Many Blessings

  20. Lawrence Corley
    November 12, 2013 5:11 pm

    I sang with Jim as a Warbler at Woodlawn High School. His voice was much better than most of ours who sang with him daily, at school. fFom those early days it was clear that Jim was a Christian young man in all of his ways and deeds. He was a role model.

    i have noticed in the the front of several Hymnals that he was in a position of leaderwhip as these wonderful books were conpiled. His contribution to the Ministry of Music will continue for many years.

    Let us all rest on the promises Jesus gave us when he provided a new Home with many Mansions for all those who believe. Such provisions offer great comfort to each of us as we miss those who have gone on to their reward.

    Barbara, as your heart grieves for Jim and all he ment to you, remember the good times and rest on His Promises.

    All of us will be with Jim again and have eternity to share God’s Blessings.

    Grace and Peace,
    Lawrence

  21. Georgette Mogish
    November 19, 2013 2:32 pm

    Dear Mrs. Gibson, I was volunteering at Centennial High School today and heard from a few mothers from FIS that your husband had passed away. You might not remember me, my son Thomas was in Honors Choir for both years and also the school plays. What I remember was what a lovely lady you were and how much I enjoyed working with you. I also met your husband at one of the practices. He was such a gentleman and I could tell how much he adored you by the way he watched you with the children that day! I am so very sorry for your loss, my thoughts are with you as well as all the other mothers at Centennial in the volunteer work room today. God bless you. Georgette Mogish

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