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A Beautiful Journey
Alfred Waedell Gipson, Jr. was born on November 5, 1986, in Houston, Texas to the parentage of Alfred Waedell Gipson and Regina Kay Smith Gipson. Alfred accepted Christ at an early age and participated in the youth activities while attending Calvary Hill Baptist Church under the leadership of the Rev. B.R. Williams. In 1997, the family moved their membership to The Crossing Community Church (formerly St. Luke 1st Missionary Baptist Church) under the leadership of Pastor Harvey M. Walker, where he was baptized. He served many years as a choir member in the youth choir and worked on the youth usher board.
Alfred attended the Fort Bend Independent School District schools and graduated from Lawrence Elkins High School. With his mom’s guidance on finding high ranking schools within the Fort Bend School District, Alfred excelled in academics. He was an exceptional student, always being an honor roll student from primary school through high school and received a perfect attendance certificate every year. His mom was a stickler when it came to getting an education and insisted they never missed a day of school.
As a gifted and talented student, he was in AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) classes which was designed to prepare students for college admission. He participated in numerous school programs such as Habitat for Humanity, Youth Advisory Council (YAC), Student Council and Choir, while attending Ridgegate Elementary. While participating in this program, Alfred gave a speech at the Texas State Capitol. He had many other interests in school such as playing percussion while attending Ridgegate Elementary and Quail Valley Middle School.
Alfred had a love for football, playing in Little League while attending Quail Valley Middle School, and Elkins High School. After high school graduation, he furthered his education at DeVry University, majoring in Computer Science. His first work experience was working for Walmart, remaining there for three years. One of his greatest passions was providing for his children. He held several other jobs and worked for Hallcon Railroad and the C.J. Hansen Company, Inc. For many years, he worked as a private officer for Weiser Security Service and finally worked for GardaWorld Security Services until illness prevented him from working.
He leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Kimberly Gipson; Lifelong friend, Jasmine Grice; four children, Abagail A. Flowers, Germaine V. Grice, DeLeon R. Grice, Avante’ M. Gipson; step-children, Isabella Ardoin, Reniya Jones, Jayceon Flowers; godchildren, Chrishelle Flowers, Kashmere Grice; Father, Alfred Waedell Gipson, Sr., Brother, TRE’Vis Gipson (Dashiki); nephew, Nicholas A. Simpson; four uncles, Alvin R. Gipson, Sr., Rev. Fredrick B. Gipson, Rev. Ralph R. Jones (Terry), James Andre Colar; three aunts, Daine Perry, Felita D. Joubert (Lloyd Wayne), Elfreda Johnson; and a host of relatives and close friends.
Alfred was united in matrimony with Kimberly Hawkins on July 10, 2021. To this union, one child, Avante’M. Gipson, was born. He was also blessed with three other children, Abagail Flowers, Germaine V. Grice, and DeLeon R. Grice. He had many life-long friendships and shared a special bond with Jason Simms, Jordan Nelson, Taylor Ure, Christopher Flowers, and Joshua Brown. Even though Keithan Joubert was Alfred’s first cousin, growing up, they were more like brothers. He also recognized and acknowledged Deacon Huey Washington and Sis. Ollie Washington as his spiritual grandparents, and Sis. Estella “Pat” Johnson as his spiritual aunt due to their special bond and relationship with his mom. Alfred loved his family. One of his greatest passions was providing for his children. During the latter part of his life, he persevered through life’s challenges and continued to press on, despite the many difficulties he faced. He never gave up and refused to give in until his Heavenly Father called him home. He will dearly be missed.
On Saturday, December 9, 2023, Alfred Waedell Gipson, Jr. was called home by his Lord and Savior. Alfred was preceded in death by his mother; grandparents (Theotha Gipson and Henrettia Gipson, Earnest Smith, Sr, and Jeanna C. Dunlap); paternal great-grandparents (Luther Gipson and Maggie Gipson); maternal great-grandparents (Walter Sherman and Essie Sherman); four aunts (Juanita L. Gipson, Veronica Colar, Latrice R. Gipson, Phyillis Smith); two uncles (Reginald R. Gipson and Eugene Smith); mother-in-law, Burena Jenkins.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Kimberly Gipson; four children; Abagail A. Flowers, Germaine V. Grice, DeLeon R. Grice, Avante’ M. Gipson; father, Alfred Waedell Gipson, brother, TRE’Vis Gipson (Dashiki); step-children, Isabella Ardoin, Reniya Jones, Jayceon Flowers; god-children, Chrishelle Flowers and Kashmere Grice; nephew, Nicholas A. Simpson; four uncles, Alvin R. Gipson, Sr., Rev. Fredrick B. Gipson, Rev. Ralph R. Jones (Terry), James Andre Colar; three aunts, Daine Perry, Felita D. Joubert (Lloyd Wayne), Elfreda Johnson; life-long friend, Jasmine Grice; and a host of other relatives and close friends.