Henderson: Eugene P. Hibbett, age 80, died early Saturday morning, October 6, 2012 at Select Specialty Hospital at St. Frances in Memphis.
He was born and reared in Florence, AL, the son of the late Rufus Gleason Hibbett, Sr. and Annie Lee Lester Hibbett. He graduated from Coffee High School in Florence, AL in 1950. He received a Bachelor of Science from Lipscomb University, a Masters of Education from the University of Alabama, a Masters of Physical Science from the University of Mississippi and a PhD in Medicinal Chemistry from the University of Mississippi.
He served six years in the U. S. Navy Reserve. He married Jacqueline Graben in 1958.
He taught high school in Tuscumbia, AL and came to Freed-Hardeman as a chemistry teacher in 1958, and retired as Professor of Chemistry and Department Chair in 1997.
He served eight years on the Chester County School Board. He was a very active member of the Chester County Lions Club, having served as president, and was always the leading pancake ticket salesperson for the Lions annual pancake breakfast fundraiser.
Dr. Hibbett preached at congregations for the churches of Christ in West Tennessee and North Mississippi. He was a member of the Estes Church of Christ and had served as an elder for 18 years.
He and his son Lee operated a lawn mowing business while Lee was a teenager.
He is survived his wife of 54 years, Jacqueline “Jackie” Graben Hibbett, a son Lee Hibbett and wife Sarah, and a daughter Lynne Moore and husband Kevin of Henderson.
He has four granddaughters: Elisabeth and Rachel Grace Hibbett, and Loren and Kaitlyn Moore. He is also survived by three brothers: George Hibbett of Florence, Ike Hibbett of Montgomery and James Hibbett of Riverton, IL. He was preceded in death by three brothers: Rufus Hibbett, Jr., Lester Hibbett and Barry Hibbett.
Funeral services will be 2:00 PM Monday at the Estes Church of Christ with Milton Tucker, Jesse Robertson, Mark Blackwelder, and Roy Sharp officiating, with burial to follow in the Estes Cemetery. Nephews will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be the elders of the Estes Church of Christ along with Howard Trull, Hoyt Kirk, Bill Threet, and Allen Dixon.
The family will receive friends at the Estes Church of Christ from 7:00 pm until 9:30 pm Sunday, and again Monday until funeral time at the church.
Shackelford Funeral Directors – Casey Chapel