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John E. Hibbard


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John E. Hibbard Obituary
HIBBARD The Reverend Dr. John E. Hibbard 1927 - 2014 With his wife of 61 years and his daughters by his side, John Ernest Hibbard died May 7th following a brief battle with cancer. All of his life he has placed his trust in the Lord and now goes to claim his reward. He was born March 21, 1927 in Corbin, KY to Launie L. and Anna Ethel Shotwell Hibbard. He graduated from Berea Academy then served as a Naval Medical Corpsman attached to the Marines in World War II. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Johnson University, Knoxville, TN, and Master of Divinity and Doctor of Jurisprudence degrees from Vanderbilt University. He was an ordained minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He served student pastorates in Kentucky and Tennessee, was minister of the Eastwood Christian Church in Nashville for 6 years, and the First Christian Church of the Beaches for 43 years. After retiring in 2002, he served as interim pastor at the historic First Christian Church of Tampa, FL. In December of 1952, he married Marianne Permenter in Jacksonville, FL. He was a long time Rotarian, president of Beaches Rotary, a founding member of Rotary Sunset in Ponte Vedra, and a Paul Harris Fellow. A member of various ministers associations, a founding member of B.E.A.M. (Beaches Emergency Assistance Ministry), and for 15 years was the volunteer chaplain of the early Beaches Hospital. He was a member of Beaches Historical Society, and the Ponte Vedra, Marsh Landing, and Sawgrass Clubs. He loved golf and was a founding member of the Saturday Morning DewSweepers at the Ponte Vedra Club. Dr. John was a people person, never met a stranger and never failed to tell them about his church, the only known ocean front church on the east coast. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughters, Marianne Brandwyn Hibbard of Ponte Vedra, Adrienne Leigh Hibbard of Ormond Beach, and son John Ernest Hibbard, Jr. and daughter-in-law Lisa, three grandsons, Zachary, Alexander and Grant Hibbard, of Irvine California. He was predeceased by his sister Evelyn Hibbard Hays, is survived by his nieces Ann Hays Lily and Allison Hays Jones, nephews Brett W. Jones and Tyler Hays Jones. A Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday, May 17th at 4:00 p.m. at First Christian Church of the Beaches, 2125 Oceanfront, Neptune Beach, with a reception following. Memorial contributions in his name may be made to the Memorial Fund of the First Christian Church of the Beaches. Arrangements under the care of Beaches Chapel of Hardage-Giddens (904)249-2321 Please Sign the Guestbook @ Jacksonville.com
Published in the Florida Times-Union on May 14, 2014
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