Clinton Joseph (CJ) Gibbens passed away August 25, 2021, in St. Petersburg, FL. CJ was born on October 27, 1990, in Normal, Illinois. He was loved by and will be missed by his family and friends, including his mother Dawn (Maurice) Johnson-Hurd, Grandmother Virginia Johnson, brother Craig (Sarah) Gibbens, sister Lana Gibbens, sister Ashley Gibbens, nieces Dakota (Michael) Dorsett, Eliza, Rosalie, Juliette, and Vivian Gibbens and nephew Owen Gibbens, and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father, Clement Gibbens, maternal grandfather Robert Johnson, and paternal grandparents, Ethel and Clinton Gibbens.
CJ had a lifetime love of music. He was a talented musician, who played in his first band in middle school, and went on to play in many bands in the Tampa/St. Pete area.
He was passionate about cooking and loved to share his creations with those he loved. CJ was a talented artist who enjoyed drawing and painting. He loved skateboarding and cycling, and this sharpened his love of working with his hands and recently enjoyed rehabbing classic bicycles. CJ had a love of animals that started at 4 years old with his beloved box turtle, Scratchy, and carried through his life to his sweet pit-bull mix, Hazel, whom he rescued.
CJ had the kindest soul and was always willing to help a friend. He touched so many lives and he will forever be in our hearts.
CJ, love you man. Wish I took the opportunities to spend more time with you when I could. A damn fine musician; an exceptional drummer. It was an honor playing with you in a band. Rest in Peace, brother.