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Julian L. Bibb Jr., obituary

Julian L. Bibb Jr., 90 of Decatur, Ala., died June 10, 2010. 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Edith V. Bibb; sister, Susan Bibb Kidd; son-in-law David J. Reed; and grandson, Quilla Bibb Reed. Mr. Bibb is survived by his daughter, Judy Short Reed of Fayetteville, Tenn.; two sons, Julian L. Bibb, III (Jayne) of Franklin, Tenn., and William K. Bibb (Melissa) of Pelham, Ala.; 10 grandchildren, David J. Reed Jr. (Traci) of Bradenton, Fla., Joanna Reed Caldwell (Rob) of Fayetteville, Tenn., Julian L. Bibb IV (Debra) of Franklin, Tenn., Megan L. Bibb (Craig Carson) of Houston, Texas, Polly C. Bibb of Franklin, Tenn., Molly Bibb Becker (Abe) of Decatur, Ala., Amanda G. Bibb of Pelham, Ala., Joseph P.D. Bibb (Allison) of Franklin, Tenn., John R. Bibb of Franklin, Tenn., and Wesley K. Bibb of Pelham, Ala.; and eight great-grandchildren, Kobus Reed, Ferris Reed, Charlie Caldwell, Harry Caldwell, Julian L. Bibb V, Eliza Vaughan Bibb, William Nathan Becker, and Dovie Alexander Bibb.

Mr. Bibb attended Decatur Riverside High School graduating in the Class of 1937.  Following high school, he attended the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. He graduated with a B.S. degree.

Following college, he joined the United States Army in 1942 and served four years during World War II in the Signal Corp. At the end of World War II and with the rank of Captain, Mr. Bibb retired from the service and returned to Decatur.

Mr. Bibb pursued a number of vocations. He worked as a land surveyor for Morgan County, and he managed the family’s farm business. In 1949, he became the first local employee hired by Chemstrand, the predecessor company of Monsanto, where he became the personnel director. He participated in the hiring of many employees who staffed the plant.  Mr. Bibb remained with the company for 35 years until his retirement.

Following his retirement, Mr. Bibb and his lifelong sweetheart and wife, Edith V. Bibb, pursued their joint interests, traveling to Florida for months at a time, and visiting often with their children and 10 grandchildren. They remained active in the life of St. John’s Episcopal Church where Mr. Bibb was a life long member, and enjoyed broad friendships within the Decatur community.

Mr. Bibb also spent many hours with his favorite pastime: woodworking and carpentering.  He spent hours upon hours refining his skills at this craft. And on the weekends in the fall, he gathered with his family to cheer on the Alabama Crimson Tide.  He was a devoted fan and made sure his children and grandchildren were indoctrinated into the legacy of Alabama football.

The family received friends in the Library at St. John’s Episcopal Church on Sunday, June 13, 2010.

Funeral services were held Sunday, June 13, 2010 at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Decatur, Ala. Reverend Richard Lawson officiated. Burial followed the service at the Decatur City Cemetery. Pallbearers were his children and grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that contributions be made to St. John’s Episcopal Church or to the charity of your choice. 

06/17/2010, Williamson Herald

Posted on: 6/17/2010


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