Michael Morgan Gibbons

February 10, 2020

CHARLOTTE – Michael Morgan Gibbons, 58, of Charlotte, NC, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family at Atrium’s Carolinas Medical Center on Monday, February 10, 2020, after suffering cardiac arrest at his home in the early morning hours of Wednesday, February 5, 2020. 

Michael was born in Bronx, New York on August 24, 1961 to Morgan and Shirley Gibbons.  He attended Iona Preparatory School in New Rochelle, NY.  His family moved to Charlotte in 1978, where Michael graduated from Myers Park High School in 1979.  He graduated from North Carolina State University in 1983 with a degree in Business Management and was an active alumnus member of the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity.  While at N.C. State, Michael had the opportunity to witness the iconic Coach Jim Valvano at the peak of his career. And as the great Jimmy V. once said, “Life changes when you least expect it to. The future is uncertain. So, seize this day, seize this moment and make the most of it.”  Michael lived his life thankful for every moment and every day in a way that inspired others to live similarly. 

His biggest accomplishment, as he would say; was becoming a father to his two children, Ryan and Emily with former wife, Michelle.  He was so proud of his children, loved them deeply and was truly an inspirational father. 

His next greatest accomplishment was meeting his beloved wife, Rhonda. A one-of-a-kind woman. Her sincere love, kindness and patience with Michael over the past eighteen years inspired Michael to live each day with passion, purpose and creativity. 

Michael was a valued and loved member of the Savvy + Co. Real Estate team. Working as a dynamic-duo team with his wife for the past five years at Savvy.  Michael also was an entrepreneur who wanted to help others, he began Buttons of Hope in 2008 with the purpose of “putting a photo with a cause” which added a personalization that created conversation of people asking, who’s that? How can we help? Where can we donate? And overall, created awareness with a face that others could see. These buttons were used in honor of people’s loved ones in charity walks, memorials, school/team fundraisers and missing people searches. 

Ever seen a cyclist on the road in a lava-lamp designed bright pink and lime green jersey? Trust me, you wouldn’t be able to not see it - well, these were the lucky folks of the cycling team Michael and Rhonda started in 2008 - “Mojo Riding.”  This team meant the world to Michael and created some of the most important relationships of Rhonda and Michael’s lives.  They rode together every week and contributed as a team to both Livestrong’s 24 Hours of Booty and they also participated in the National Multiple Sclerosis MS 150 bike ride for years. 

Michael is survived by his wife, Rhonda of Bedford, VA, his son, Ryan Gibbons and wife, Katie of Charlotte; his daughter, Emily Gibbons of Charlotte: his two loving parents, Morgan and Shirley Gibbons of Charlotte; his three sisters, Jackie and her husband, Greg Plemmons of Greensboro, NC, Michele Gibbons of Fuquay-Varina, NC and Suzanne and her husband, Bo Vaden of Atlanta GA, and his five beautiful nieces and nephews. 

The family would like to thank all the nurses, doctors and staff who cared for Michael during his stay at the Dickson-Heart ICU over the past week. The family is so grateful for all the visitors, messages, calls and prayers over the past few days and are overwhelmed with the love and support they received. 

A celebration of life will be held at 1:30 PM, Saturday, February 15, 2020 at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 6828 Old Reid Road, Charlotte, NC 28210. The family will receive friends following the service at the church in the Activity Center.  The family also invites anyone who would like to celebrate Michael’s life following the service to the Olde Mecklenburg Brewery from 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM on Saturday. 

Memorials may be made in honor of Michael to the Charlotte Art League, The Alzheimer’s Association or The Levine’s Children Hospital. 

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at www.kennethpoeservices.com.


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  • Diane & Dave Amundsen

    Rhonda and family:
    It is our sincere wishes that your family strength help you with such a great loss. We know that you were each other's strength and the devotion you had for each other was shown on your faces with each glance. May you draw strength from those memories of good times and we are hoping you will find peace. If we can do anything for you, please let us know.

  • Ellen Palmer

    I am heartbroken for your family on the loss of such a great guy. You are all in my prayers as I pray for strength during this tough time.

  • Rhonda Coumas

    Michelle, Emily, and Ryan, I am so very sorry to hear of this great loss. I’m praying for you Michelle as you deal with your own grief and help your precious son and daughter through theirs. Emily and Ryan, I am deeply sorry for the loss of your father. May you be comforted by God’s peace that surpasses all understanding.
    Sincerely, Rhonda Coumas (former neigjbor)

  • Timothy Adams

    My sincerest condolences to the Gibbons family. While I never knew Michael, my family has been close to the Gibbons family for over 50 years. Truly a wonderful family who will celebrate Michael’s life and memory in the days to come.

  • Debbie Dillon Barnard

    Dear Rhonda, my deepest, heartfelt condolences to you and your family in the days ahead. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Renee Allen and Peter Pampillonio

    Peter and I met Michael and Rhonda in 2018. But we’ve sure had some good times together in that short time and could easily see right away upon meeting him what a true bright light Michael was. He was so funny and kind and generous in words and deeds. We were looking forward to many years of friendship and fun with he and Rhonda. We are truly sad to lose this human sparkler. But we will wrap Rhonda in our love and support and continue our prayers for her and Michael’s children and family.

    He gives strength to the weary
    And increases the power of the weak.
    Even youths grow tired and weary,
    and young men stumble and fall;
    But those who hope in the Lord
    Will renew their strength.
    They will soar on wings like eagles;
    They will run and not grow weary,
    They will walk and not be faint.
    ~Isaiah 40:29-31

  • Brenda Sammis

    Rhonda, please know you are in my thoughts dear friend! Holding you close in prayer and sending lots of love!!

  • Jeanie Koechley

    Rhonda, I am so sorry to hear about Michael’s passing. My heart breaks for you and the family. ((Hugs)) my friend.

  • Katrina Nester

    Rhonda, My heart aches for you. I didn't know Michael well but I was glad to have met him and I knew immediately that he was a great guy and one who was "over the moon" in love with you!! I pray in the coming days you will cherish all of the wonderful times that you shared and find peace and comfort.

  • Cheryl Chase

    I am so sorry to hear of your husband's passing. He sounds like he was a wonderful human being. I wish I had the opportunity to meet him. Thinking of you during this sad time.

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