Neland Carver Hibbett, Jr., 79, Mt. Juliet, TN, died Friday, Nov. 8.
Hibbett was a member of First Baptist Church of Mt. Juliet since 1946 where he had served as deacon, trustee, director of church training and Sunday School Superintendent. He was a 1952 graduate of Mt. Juliet High School and received a B.S. degree in Education from Tennessee Technological University in 1958, a M.S. degree in Educational Administration from George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University in 1960 and an EdS. degree in Developmental Disabilities related courses in Psychology from George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University in 1975.
Hibbett was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving from 1955-1956 where he was a member of the Rhine Main Rockets Football Team in the Germany Conference. He taught history, science and health and served as head coach for football, boys basketball and boys track at Mt. Juliet High School and served as head baseball coach and assistant football coach at Cumberland High School in Nashville. In 1969-1970, Hibbett organized and directed the Tennessee Special Olympics for the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation.
Hibbett was the first mayor of the City of Mt. Juliet in 1973, served as City Commissioner from 1975-1977 and Historian for the City of Mt. Juliet. He was awarded the Silver Beaver Award by the Boy Scouts of American in 1983.
Hibbett served as Foreman of the Wilson County Tennessee Grand Jury from 1987-1989. In 1996 he retired as Assistant Superintendent for Professional Services at Clover Bottom Developmental Center. He was a member of the Nashville Eastern Railroad Board of Authority, Mt. Juliet Lodge No. 642, F&AM, Al Menah Temple, the Mt. Juliet West Wilson Historical Society, the Mt. Juliet West Wilson Friends of the Library, the VFW, the Tyler Cates American Legion Post No. 281, the Mt. Juliet West Wilson Chamber of Commerce and the T.C. Railroad Museum. Mr. Hibbett was the son of the late, N.C. “Dude” and Cliffodene Johnson Hibbett. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Truman Hibbett.
He is survived by: wife of 54 years, Jenny Bess Goggin Hibbett; sons, Robert N. “Bobby” (Kelly) Hibbett, Johnny (Susan) Hibbett and Tommy Hibbett; grandchildren, Andy, Robert Carver, Alex, Caroline and Anna Hibbett.
Funeral services were Monday, Nov. 11 at First Baptist Church of Mt. Juliet with Rev. Billie Friel, Rev. Chuck Groover and Rev. Andy Hale officiating. Interment with military honors followed at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens. Active pallbearers were Andy Hibbett, Carver Hibbett, Alex Hibbett, Andy Bond, Tim Bell, Clint Smith, David Fallin and Marshall Foster. Honorary pallbearers were Jim Tate, Jim Bell, Thelbert Powell, Alvin Hill, Jim Jenkins, Claude Partlow, Bob Cleawer, Charles Goodman, Bedford Peterson, Doyle Wood and the former mayors of the City of Mt. Juliet.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Missions, Mt. Juliet Christian Academy or the Mt. Juliet Library.
Visitation was Sunday at Bond Memorial Chapel and prior to services Monday at the church.
Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road and Weston Drive, Mt. Juliet, TN. (615)773-2663. Obit Line (615)641-2663, www.bondmemorial.com