Sherman Ray Gibson

Apr 16, 1946 - Mar 7, 2022


Sherman Ray Gibson of Elk Grove, passed away on March 7 in Sacramento, CA. He was born April 16, 1946 in Porterville, CA to Watson Gibson and Marie (Iverson) Gibson as the 7th of 8 children. Sherman attended K-12 in Porterville and graduated from high school in1964. After graduating he attended Porterville Community College and earned an AA Degree. In 1966 he transferred to California State University, Fresno majoring in social work and earning both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree. While attending Fresno State University, Sherman became a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Epsilon Beta chapter. Upon completing college Sherman accepted his first social work position at Fred C. Nelles School for Boys in Whittier, CA. This 2-year assignment fulfilled his commitment to abstain from military obligation as a Conscientious Objector. Sherman later accepted a position with the Los Angeles Department of Adoptions and later worked at the Regional Center in Los Angeles as an LCSW. Sherman was also a supervisor with the Long Beach County Department of Mental Health.

In 1972, Sherman married Shelia (Allen) Gibson and they have been married for 49 years. In 1975, their only daughter Tiffany was born. Sherman relocated with his wife and daughter in 1986 from Harbor City, CA to the Sacramento area. Sherman accepted a Social Work position with the Sacramento City Unified School District and during this tenure, he subsequently accepted a part-time assignment with UC Davis Medical Center on the PET (Psychiatric Emergency Team) while his daughter attended Fresno State, his alma mater. When Tiffany completed graduate school, Sherman concluded his time with UCD Med Center and continued his work with the school district until 2004, retiring after 18 years. Sherman’s social work career expanded 34 years of service to communities and families.

When Sherman wasn’t working he enjoyed his horses, cows and dogs. You would often find him whistling in the backyard (maybe planting a tree, building a barn or building a dog run) on his 5 acre ranch or mending fences and riding horses on his 86 acre ranch in Clements, CA. Sherman was an active member of the Northern California Black Horsemen’s Association for 10 years. He rode his horse (Dolly or Baby Fireweed) in many parades. He lived in Elk Grove with Shelia, his horses and dogs until his health began to fail in 2017, when he transitioned into a memory care center. Sherman enjoyed life tremendously and loved people. He was the friend you would hope to meet if you ever needed help. He always made himself available to you if you had a flat tire, needed a ride, wanted to learn how to ride a horse, drive a riding lawn mower or just needed to hear a good story!

Sherman is survived by his wife Shelia, daughter Tiffany Simms (46), son-in-law Bruce Simms and granddaughter Sydney Simms (11) of Claremont, CA; brother John Gibson (and Lenora) of Charlotte, NC; brother Andrey “Cleo” Gibson (and Diane) of Los Angeles, brother Earl Gibson (and Nancy) of Porterville; sister-in-law Janice (Danielson) Gibson of Porterville; and a host of nieces and nephews. Sherman is proceeded in death by his parents; brothers Quinon, James and Roger Gibson and sister Theresia Icenia (Gibson) Evans. The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to all who kept Sherman and our family in your prayers. We deeply appreciate those who have visited, called or shared a story about this remarkable husband, father, brother, uncle, neighbor and friend. Sherman will be truly missed.

Donations in Sherman’s memory can be made to The Alzheimer’s Association at


  • Michelle Patton says:

    We are so sorry for the loss of your beloved husband. You and your family are in our prayers.

    God Bless You,
    Michelle and Kevin Patton

  • Denise Richardson says:

    He will be missed ,Sorry for your lost.

  • Dometila says:

    What an amazing man Sherman was my heart goes out to his family May the Lord comfort you with a piece that surpasses all understanding and joy when you celebrate his life. I worked with Sherman at SCUSD and I admired his wisdom when it came to working with children, families , and the community. He will be missed.

  • Alaisha says:

    To my most favorite person in the whole wide world. I love you.
    To my aunt and cousin: may you find solace that he is now resting more in peace. I love you both. Thank you for sharing this wonderful man with us.

  • Charles Washington says:

    Ms Shelia, Sherman was a great man & “friend” to know & have.

    My thoughts & prayer’s go out to YOU & your family.

    He can now “ride forever & til the cow’s come home.”

    Love Charles Washington

  • Jeanne Alford says:

    I never met Sherman, but knowing his family, he was a great spirit on Earth. This beautiful tribute summarizes only a fraction of his good works.

    Shelia, he will live in your heart.

  • Alfred Brown says:

    Sherman was a giving person who loved children and served his community. We got to be close friends when he volunteered as a counselor for our annual free Asthma camp for children and we traveled to Livermore,Ca. With 85 kids and 8 RNs and 15-20 student nurses.
    He was invaluable in his counseling.

  • Alfred Brown says:

    Sherman was a good friend who loved helping children. As a counselor for our Asthma camp for several years, he was a blessing to the campers and counselors.
    We served a minimum of 85 kids with asthma each summer with 8 RNs and between 15–20 student nurses.
    Our website is:
    Sherman will be sorely missed

  • Dr. LaSonya Davis-Morris says:

    I will never forget the first time I met Brother Gibson. Tiffany had invited myself and a couple sorority sisters home with her over the weekend. He welcomed us all with his beautiful wife as if we were family. I pray that his soul is resting with the Lord and my sisters Tiffany and Mrs. Gibson find comfort and peace during this difficult time. Dr. LaSonya Davis Morris

  • Rest in Power and Peace, Sir.

    Your impact on the world will forever be felt.

    Thank you.

  • Orlando Knox says:

    Shelia, so sorry for your lost and the lost of a great strong caring and kind human Sherman. Considered him a mentor and will try to share some of his wisdom with young men I meet down the rode. Always in my memories. Gettie Up

  • Suzie Vona Saraba says:

    I had the pleasure of working with Sherman for many years in the Child Development Program at SCUSD. He was a wonderful man and a great social worker. He was wonderful with the kids and families. Sending my deepest condolences to the family.

  • Spencer Gillette says:

    Sending heart felt condolences to the family.

  • Jacob Gibson says:

    My uncle as everyone knows was such a incredible man. The stories he told me and all the lessons and advice he gave me. Will never be forgotten. Truly a blessing to of had him in my life.

    LOVE ALWAYS to my family. 🙌🏿

  • Sharon walker says:

    So sorry to hear of Sherman’s passing.
    My prayers are with you and the family.

  • James and Regina says:

    God has a plan for all of us. Sherman has fulfilled his chore and has been called home. Hod bless him and
    His family. Condolences from James and Regina Pierce. Detroit Michigan

  • Bro Rev Lucius Davis says:

    We praise God for the opportunity to be associated with my Alpha Brother and his wonderful Wife Sheila and Daughter Tiffany. We pray that God will grant you peace in times like these.💯🙏🙏🙏💯06

  • Kathleen Simms says:

    I’ll never forget how warm, welcoming, and gracious Sherman was whenever I saw him. It was evident that he was filled with peace, joy, and love.

    Keeping Shelia, Tiffany, Bruce, Sydney and the entire family in prayer. Sending much love to all.

  • Jere Pugh says:

    Rest in Peace Sherman.
    Sending love to Shelia, Tiffany, Bruce and Sydney
    It was a pleasure to meet and spend time with Sherman a number of years back.

  • Angela C. Simmons says:

    Shelia & Family, So sorry to hear of Sherman s passing. Please know that our Hearts and Prayers are with you. Please know how much we care at this difficult time. With Deepest Sympathy From All of Us. Love The Land & Simmons Families.

  • Rita Abel says:

    My deepest sympathies to Shelia, Tiffany and family on the loss of your dear husband and father.

  • Mary L James says:

    My condolences to the family of Sherman. I was a counselor in Sac city when Sherman was a social worker.
    Mary Lou James

  • Sandi Kang says:

    We are so sorry for your loss Mrs. Gibson. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Sandip & Jasjit Kang

  • Reggie and Gloria Ginyard says:

    Sheila, Tiffany, Bruce, and Sydney
    We send our heartfelt condolences to you and the Family.

    May the peace of God comfort you and strengthen you.

    With much love.

    Reggie & Gloria Ginyard

  • The Nwosu Family says:

    May Sherman’s memory bring you smiles, and laughter, always. He was a remarkable friend, husband, and father.

    All of us who were lucky enough to know him well are better for that relationship, and will cherish it always.

    May The Cowboy rest forever in power.

    – the nwosu family

  • Anita Gould says:

    Dear Sheila, Tiffany and Bruce – my prayers are with you in hopes that your treasured memories of Sherman will often bring you surprise smiles and fill your heart with each thought of missing him. Thank you for my treasured memories of spending time with your families in a beautiful, peaceful time with Sherman as the perfect host. God bless you.

  • Soror Persis Ingram says:

    Soror Shelia,

    I pray that you and your family know that God through His Holy Spirit enfolds you and will provide you strength during your challenging transitional season and beyond.

  • Dewella Foster says:

    Sherman was undoubtedly one of the kindest and nicest people I have ever known. Shelia and Tiffany, I’m so sorry for your loss. My love, Dewella

  • Brenda Coleman says:

    Brenda Coleman & Family

    Dear Sheila,
    We are sorry to hear of Sherman’s passing and we extend our heartfelt sympathy to you and your family. May the Peace of the Lord Jesus be with you.

    Brenda, Jennifer & Carla Colemlan

  • Deborah J Berry says:

    Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs!

  • Mary Gary says:

    My deepest condolences to the family
    I worked with Sherman, in the SCUSD, for many years. It was during this time I observed his commitment to families, teaching staff and children.
    Sherman was a joy to work with!

  • Randolph & Janis Jacks says:

    we are so sorry to hear about Sherman’s passing we will keep you in our Prayers

  • Monica and Marc Ariaz-Soto says:

    Sherman will always be remembered as a kind, warm, and humble man that always had a great smile to greet you. We are truly sorry for your loss, but we know that all the loving memories you shared with him will help to sustain you through the difficult times. Your family will remain in our prayers as we send our deepest condolences.

  • Sharon Walker says:

    So sorry to hear of Sherman’s passing.
    God’s grace be with you and your family.

  • Trisha Ayala says:

    Sherman will always be remembered for his kindness and generosity. He was always speaking to people about their future plans helping to guide where he could. Sherman always welcomed me and my daughter into his home with warmth and acceptance. Sherman’s laugh and smile will never be forgotten.

  • Patsy & Bob Lewis says:

    A special person remembered & honored. Our prayers for all family loved ones. Love is always remembered never forgotten. Patsy & Bob Lewis

  • Sonya Hopkins says:

    Heaven is where Jesus is…where worship fills every breath, where light fills every place, where love fills every heart, where peace fills every soul, where joys never cease…Heaven is our forever home.
    Remembering the entire family at this time of loss and praying that the reality of heaven’s joys bring deep comfort to your heart.
    Rest easy Sherman
    My deepest sympathy!
    Sonya Hopkins and Family

  • Regina Ginyard says:

    Sheila, Tiffany, Bruce, Sydney, and family. You have my sincere condolences your loss. Sending all of you my prayers and hugs.

    It was truly a pleasure to have known Mr. Gibson. I am grateful to have gotten his advice, listen to his countless stories, and laugh at all his dad jokes while visiting over the years I have known Tiffany and her family.

    They say, good people live on forever through the lives they touched. If that is the case, then he truly left a legacy.

    Rest in peace Mr. Gibson.

    Regina Ginyard

  • Michelle Clark says:

    Wishing all peace and the joy of find memories.
    love, Michelle Clark

  • Sara V. Smith says:

    Miss you Uncle Sherman. Thanks for ALWAYS being such a delight!

    -Sara V. Smith

  • Soror Doreathea Johnson says:

    Soror Sheila,
    I am so sorry for your loss but I know that God has His arms around you during this difficult time. Your husband was a remarkable and loving man. I know that the wonderful memories you have of your life togethr, with the love you shared, the love of your family and friends, along with the strength of God’s love… will sustain you.
    You have my sincere condolences.

  • Diane Rana says:

    Mr. Gibson is a unique man. He is always so positive and hard working. He always gives amazing advice and I love listening to him tell his stories and laugh. He will be missed dearly, but remembered with love by so many.

  • Sharon walker says:

    Sorry for your loss.You and Tif are in my prayers.

  • Jerry & Pat Sandefur says:

    Sherman was a kind and generous person who loved his whole family. His nieces and nephews adored him. He was our neighbor for many years and we valued his friendship.
    May he Rest In Peace.

  • Charelle Hanley says:

    So sorry to learn of Sherman’s passing. He certainly was an accomplished man who did so much for so many.
    Sherman will be missed as he was beloved by so many family members and friends.
    May God bring you strength and comfort in your times of need.
    Charelle Hanley

  • Melissa R Smith says:

    I love my Uncle Sherman! My most treasured memory is when he put my almost 3 year old on a horse and walked him around the neighborhood in Elk Grove without fear (because I was terribly afraid). The most down to earth person I have ever known, always full of sage wisdom, with a side of humor of course! I will miss him dearly. And I am so grateful that because of him and my beautiful Aunt Shelia, my longtime cousin, sister, best friend, and college roommate, Tiffany, came into my life. I love you all, Gibsons.

  • Evonne Burgess says:

    Shelia, Tiffany, Bruce, Sydney and family,
    With caring and loving thoughts, I am so sorry to hear that Sherman passed ~~~ you have my deepest condolences! In addition to his great accomplishments, Sherman was an extra person with a kind gentle spirit. May God bless you with cherished memories of him and comfort you at this challenging time.
    May he Rest In Heavenly Peace 🙏🏾
    Love, Evonne Burgess

  • Grace Bartlett says:

    To Sherman’s beloved family,

    I worked with Sherman in SCUSD. I always looked forward to him being at my school and chatting for a few minutes when he finished with students. I have very fond memories of Sherman. He was a remarkable man and had a lot of insight. I am so sorry for your loss and know that he is deeply missed.

  • Richard Standridge says:

    Sherman was a wonderful man and will be truly missed by all of the members of the Standridge Family.

  • Patricia Allen Hunter says:

    Dear Shelia Sending you, Tiffany, and her family condolences on the loss of Sherman a wonerderful brother in law and mentor ro my two adult children. The two of you are part of village raised my son. My friends remember his kindness and were impressed with your family.

  • Patrice Jones says:

    Miss your laughter and smile..

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