Rickie Columbus Gibbs

November 9, 1954 - April 21, 2023

11/09/1954 - 04/21/2023

Past Services

Saturday April 29, 2023
2:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home – Denbigh Chapel
12893 Jefferson Avenue
Newport News, VA 23608
(757) 874-4200 | Directions

Rickie Columbus Gibbs of Newport News, Virginia very sadly passed away on April 21, 2023 at Mary Immaculate Hospital after battling several illnesses over the last couple of months.

Rickie was born November 9, 1954 in Isle of Wight County, Virginia to the late Phillip Gibbs Sr. and Vernell Brown. He was preceded in death by his sister Rhonda Blow Ralph.

Rickie was a big guy with a bigger heart and many skills but his passion was painting. He took pride in every paint job, when completed he would stand back and admire all of his hard work.

He leaves to cherish his memories his loving and devoted wife, Shante Bowen Gibbs; his mother,Vernell Brown; three sons: Rico Gibbs, Rashad Gibbs, and Ramel Gibbs; three sisters:
Shirley Haskins (Sherman), Tammy Wells (Everette), and Denise Brown; three brothers, Genie Brown (Tonia), Mark Brown, and Phillip Gibbs Jr, a sister in law; Shannon Bowen Clarke of
Concord, North Carolina, a uncle and aunt whom he loved and respected; Douglas and Bonnie Thompson of Portsmouth, Virginia, as well as a host of grandchildren, nieces and nephews whom he adored.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 29, 2023 at Altmeyer Funeral Home Denbigh Chapel located at 12893 Jefferson Ave. Newport News, VA 23608.

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1 year ago

Tae & Shannon. I’m so very sorry for your loss. Losing a loved one is never easy but loosing one of such magnitude is even harder. Sending all my love , hugs and prayers your way. May GOD continue to comfort you both during this time. I’m just a phone call away.

Love always – Lele & Family

LaToya Allen
1 year ago

Shante, my friend you have my sincerest condolences and I pray God grants you strength and wraps you in his arms and just know that I am here for you and continue to keep you in my prayers.

Love, LaToya Allen & Family

Alison & Karson
1 year ago


My deepest condolences on loss of your husband. I pray that God sends you moments of comfort, and reminders of Ricks presence, always beside you. In God’s time you two will be together once again .

1 year ago

I am so sorry for your loss my buttercup. The love you two had is infinite, he will always be with you. Me and the kids love you and are here for you. May God give you the peace you need ease your pain.

Jamie Montalvo
1 year ago

Shante I’m so sorry my heart goes out to you my dear friend may God give you the comfort you need my prayers are with you and family. Love you Boss Lady I’m here if you need me.

Deidre Griffin
1 year ago


Wishing you peace, comfort, courage, and lots of love at this time of sorrow. My heart goes out to you at this difficult time. Know that you have my full support in EVERY moment. I will ALWAYS be here for you. You are not only my best friend, but also my SISTER. When you hurt, I hurt as well. I am praying for your strength today and everyday. Continue to trust in the Lord.

I Love you bestie ❤

Pamela N Back
1 year ago

Shante….I am so very sorry for your loss. May God wrap His arms of love and compassion around you and comfort you during this time. Much love and many prayers for you. Love you girlie!!