The ‘all-encompassing’ Brandon Gibson

Sandra ClarkDowntown, Obits

When Brandon J. H. Gibson died on Nov. 16, 2022, Knoxville lost a treasure. He accomplished much in his 36 years; we’re left to wonder what else he might have done.

His obituary says it best: “It is impossible to encompass all that is Brandon Gibson because Brandon Gibson’s love was all encompassing.”

The young man grew up in North Carolina, but moved to Knoxville for high school at Austin-East Magnet High School. He also attended the University of Tennessee. He was perhaps best known as the managing director of Marble City Opera.

Mr. Gibson was an arts administrator and active multi-disciplinary performer, most recently known for his libretto work on social justice opera “I Can’t Breathe,” commissioned by Marble City Opera.

A member of the Greater Knoxville Business Journal’s 2021 “40 Under 40” class, he also was a freelance writer, reviewer and essayist for the Knoxville publication “Blank Newspaper. As a vocalist, Gibson has been reviewed as a “beautifully resonant bass-baritone” with “a most profound sound” and as “a singer possessing an instrument of substantial richness and substance.”

His full obituary is here.

The family will receive friends Friday, November 25, 2022, 3-7 p.m. at Bridges Funeral Home. The funeral service will be 12:30 p.m. on Saturday at Bridges Funeral Home followed by a procession to Greenwood Cemetery for a 3 p.m. interment.

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