Harry Hibbert
Harry Hibbert
  • February 19, 1940 - September 10, 2017
  • Ridgeland, Mississippi

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Harry Wesley Hibbert was returned to full communion with the Father through our Lord Jesus Christ on September 10, 2017. Harry was the first born son of Harry Virgil and Frances Marie Hibbert on February 19, 1940 in St. Louis, Missouri. Harry's childhood was filled with the outdoors, hunting and trapping in his rustic surroundings. His parents adhered to a strict Pentecostal tradition and regular church attendance was required. His teenage years were spent mostly working and going to school but he did find time to play basketball as well baseball in high school. During this season of his life, he also enjoyed his maroon 1949 Mercury in the spirit of James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause. One of Harry's favorite jobs as a kid was as a car hop at Steak & Shake and he rarely missed an opportunity to pick up a steak burger while visiting back home in subsequent years. After graduation from Eureka High School in 1958, Harry entered Southeast Missouri State University. After college, Harry had a 2 year stint in the Air Force Reserves serving at Keesler Air Force base in Biloxi, Mississippi, a lifestyle that did not agree with him. Later, he was employed by Southwestern Bell in St. Louis, Missouri. He found his calling in 1967, however, when he applied for a job as a hearing instrument specialist.
Having a familiarity with the state of Mississippi due to his military service, Harry realized his dream of entrepreneurship and in 1968 purchased an existing hearing aid practice in Jackson with the help of a small loan from his father. Here he would meet his future wife of 43 years, Ann, and her four children Terry, Kent, Misty and Lisa. Later, in 1971 came another son, Joe. Harry served the hearing impaired of central and southern Mississippi for 49 years. Unmatched was Harry's dedication to his profession. He practiced his entire career servicing multiple office locations in places such as Natchez, Vicksburg, Grenada, Kosciusko, Yazoo City and of course the Jackson metropolitan area. The breadth of his hearing health care career spanned over 50 years. In line with his inner wishes, he was able to work until the week before his passing. If authoring your own ending were possible, this fact would certainly have been included. He often stated he had no complaints about the quality of his life.
Harry's family life was a growing passion, especially as he aged. He and Ann spent over four decades together and were fortunate enough to travel and see many parts of the world. Trips to Italy, Greece, Hawaii and Alaska highlighted their numerous voyages, largely around the continental United States. The Hibbert-Tullos holiday seasons were extra special, as Harry and Ann provided a joyous and generous celebration for their children as well as grandchildren. Harry was eager and active in support of his children in their professional lives, as well as in their families and activities. He also carried a generous and sentimental heart that few actually saw.
Harry was also an avid golfer and spent many weekends playing rounds with his friends and neighbors at Brookwood Country Club. He also enjoyed home improvement jobs as well as maintaining his many rental properties. In more recent years, Harry did take a break from his work and many activities to do more traveling and spending time in Oxford, Mississippi with his special companion Terry Lynn. There they enjoyed Ole Miss football, basketball, and baseball games. Harry was also a life-long St. Louis Cardinal fan and his favorite player was the late great Stan Musial. Any characterization of Harry without a mention for his love of Merle Haggard's music would be a travesty.
Harry was preceded in death by his father Harry and mother Marie Hibbert and his wife Ann Hibbert. Harry is survived by his children: Terry Tullos (Romaine), Kent Tullos (Julie), Misty Tullos Duke (David), Lisa Tullos Helmick (Duane) and Joe Hibbert, grandchildren Kimberly Meints (Josiah), Bonnie Lahuta (Michael), Wesley Tullos (Hannah), Britney Meredith (Jon Marc), Dale Helmick, Alex and Harrison Maisel, and Callie Tullos (Sam Gearhart), great-grandchildren Mary Myles Lahuta and Graham Ivan Meints. Also he is survived by his sister Judy Hibbert Boles (Ron) and brother Carl P. Hibbert both of St. Louis, Missouri and another sister Sherlyn Hibbert Renner (John) of Kansas City, Missouri. He will be interred next to his wife Ann at Lakewood Memorial Park in Jackson, Mississippi on September 14, 2017 at 11 am with a graveside service only. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Hospice Ministries.