Coach Richard Nathaniel Gibson

September 30, 1971 ~ November 14, 2022 (age 51) 51 Years Old
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Richard Nathaniel Gibson affectionately known as “Coach Rich” or “Rick G” was born September 30, 1971, in Charleston, South Carolina, the beloved son of Richard Peoples Sr. (Diane) and the late Delores Thompson.  Richard departed this earthly life to be with the lord on Monday, November 14, 2022,  at Lexington Medical Center in West Columbia, South Carolina.

“Rick G” joined Eastside Baptist Church in Charleston SC at a young age.  He was educated in the public schools of Charleston County where he was a proud graduate of Burke High School.  During his tenure at Burke he was an avid supporter of sports education and was a member of the BYDS Social Club. Having a nonstop drive for sports, he was a faithful New York Giants & Los Angeles Lakers Fan. His love for sports extended for decades from coaching various teams including the Carolina Mavericks and Geechee Pelicans, as well as numerous AAU teams that he coached alongside his son, DeAndrei. Rick was most proud of his accomplishment as he evolved into the head boys’ basketball and football coach at Gibbes Middle School in Richland School District One and most recently at Pine Ridge Middle School in Lexington County School District Two.

He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, coach, and friend who will be missed by all those who lives he so lovingly touched.

Richard was also preceded in death by his brother, Michael.

Richard leaves to mourn and cherish his memories his devoted wife of 22 years, Iva Carson Gibson, a son, DeAndrei (Jalisha); daughters, Briyanna, London, and Heydaya;  his father, Richard (Diane) Peoples, Sr.; three caring brothers ,Shavon, Richard lll (Ashley), & J’Mar; three loving sisters, Lakicia, Antiqua (William), and Savonna; grandchildren, Kaiden “NaNa”, DeAndrei Jr. “Fat Boy”, Kamari “Boosa”, Kinsey “Stinka”, and Taylor “Tay”. Loving and caring mother-in-law, Sylvia; brother and sister-in-law, Reginald and Mia (Travis); a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, friends, students, players, past and present, especially those from the Pineridge Middle School family whom he loved dearly, along with a host of other loving relatives and dear friends, all of whom will dearly miss him.

 Service Program


Public Viewing
November 19, 2022

2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Bostick-Tompkins Funeral Home
2930 Colonial Drive
Columbia, SC 29203

Graveside Service
November 20, 2022

1:00 PM
Bush River Memorial Gardens
5400 Bush River Road
Columbia, SC 29210

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In Loving Memory Of

Coach Richard Nathaniel Gibson

September 30, 1971-November 14, 2022

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