Who is Coy Gibbs’ wife? Heather mourns husband while celebrating son Ty

Bruno Cooke November 7, 2022
Who is Coy Gibbs’ wife? Heather mourns husband while celebrating son Ty
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Coy Gibbs died in his sleep the night his son Ty won the NASCAR Xfinity Series title – who is Coy’s wife, and Ty’s mother, realtor Heather Gibbs?

Ty’s campaign has been “non-stop headlines” throughout 2022, reads Nascar’s report on his victory, from November 5.

Joe Gibbs Racing confirmed Coy’s death in a statement online, saying he’d gone to “be with the Lord.”  

What do we know about Coy’s wife, and mother to rookie racer Ty, Heather?

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Meet realtor Heather Gibbs, wife to late Joe Gibbs Racing executive Coy

Heather Gibbs is a realtor, originally from Southfield, in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan.

Her family relocated to northern Virginia while she was in middle school, according to her bio on the Heather Gibbs Homes website. She earned her bachelor of science degree in journalism and public relations from Radford University. 

Gibbs’ first career after graduating was culinary. She went from working for a catering company to planning weddings, and soon found herself working as a pastry chef at The Peninsula Club, a golf course and country club in Cornelius.

She founded a cake business called Cake Designs and at one point owned two bakeries in Cornelius and Dilworth, both suburbs of/neighborhoods in the Charlotte metropolitan area, in North Carolina.

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How and when did Heather and Coy Gibbs meet and start dating?

Coy Gibbs met his future wife Heather on a blind date in 1995.

This was the same year she started university, which suggests Heather and Coy are about the same age. If she started university at the age of 18 in 1995, Heather Gibbs’ age at time of writing would be around 49 – Coy was 49 when he died on Saturday.

Coy’s brother and sister-in-law (JD and Melissa Gibbs) set him up on a blind date with Heather in 1995, since which time the husband and wife duo have bought and sold 14 homes together.

In 2004, they relocated to the Washington DC area, but they returned to North Carolina after the birth of their third child.

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Heather Gibbs is a mother of four and two-time Agent Of The Year as a realtor

Coy and Heather have four children together: Ty, Elle, Case and Jett. On Friday the eldest, Ty Gibbs, became the fourth youngest Xfinity Series champion ever. He was 20 years, one month and one day old when he won the title.

Elle is a year younger than Ty. She’s an equestrian. Next is Case, two years Elle’s junior and Jett, two years younger again. 

Coy Gibbs and his wife moved 14 times in 23 years, giving Heather what her own real estate website calls an “insider understanding of both the buying and selling side of the housing market.”

She received the Agent Of The Year badge in 2019 and 2021, her professional bio continues; her total sales to date amount to around $200 million. Yesterday, she posted on Instagram in celebration of her son Ty’s victory in the Xfinity Series, and wrote that she loves “this boy, this team, and the entire Joe Gibbs Racing family.”

Coy Gibbs is survived by his wife and four children

Coy died in his sleep on November 6, 2022, the same night his son Ty won the 2022 NASCAR Xfinity Series championship.

He was the son of Joe Gibbs, who set up the Joe Gibbs Racing team. 

Coy appeared relatively well, the evening before he died – he was alive to witness his son’s victory, and take pictures with him and wife Heather afterwards.

Appearances notwithstanding, the next day, Joe Gibbs Racing announced on Twitter that, with “great sorrow,” it could confirm its co-owner’s passing. He “went to be with the Lord,” it added, “in his sleep.”

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Bruno is a novelist, amateur screenwriter and journalist with interests in digital media, storytelling, film and politics. He’s lived in France, China, Sri Lanka and the Philippines, but returned to the UK for a degree (and because of the pandemic) in 2020. His articles have appeared in Groundviews, Forge Press and The Friday Poem, and most are readable on Medium or onurbicycle.com.