Funeral services for Travis Franklin “Tiff” Hibbetts Jr., 74, of North Zulch, have been set for 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 9, 2016, at the First Baptist Church in North Zulch. Rev. Mitch Harper and Brandon Gray will officiate and burial will follow in the Rock Prairie Cemetery. A visitation will be held on Tuesday evening from 6-8 p.m. at Madisonville Funeral Home.
Travis Franklin “Tiff” Hibbetts Jr. was born Feb. 2, 1942, in Refugio, to Travis F. and Marie Elizabeth (Boenigk) Hibbetts Sr. Tiff married Janet Kay Holly Dec. 1, 1961, in Dickinson. He began his working career as a firefighter for NASA. He later worked for Amoco Chemical Corp. in Texas City for 12 years and then for Mitchell Energy Corp. in North Zulch for 18 years as a gas plant operator.
Tiff had been living near North Zulch since 1985 and was a member of the First Baptist Church in North Zulch where he served as a deacon and treasurer of the Brotherhood. He will be remembered as a “people person” and always being ready to give a helping hand to those that needed help. He went on many mission trips and was the cook and builder. He enjoyed genealogy and was a Civil War enthusiast. He and his wife enjoyed going to Canton in their RV and shopping at the flea market and also traveling to Wimberley. He was a collector of straight razors and had acquired a large collection of the razors. The family always gathered every Sunday after church at his home to eat with Tiff doing the cooking. The tradition continued even after his wife Kay passed away.
Tiff Hibbetts was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Kay Hibbetts; a daughter, Shelley Bourliea; and a brother, Corky Hibbetts. Surviving family includes a son, Jeff Hibbetts of North Zulch; a son and daughter-in-law, Travis Franklin Hibbetts III and wife , Shirley, of North Zulch; daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Doug Jones of Bryan; sister, Barbara Wilson of North Zulch; sister-in-law, Jane Hibbetts; nine grandchildren, Isaac, Jacob, Caleb, Luke and Samson Jackson, Lauren Kubala, Travis F. Hibbetts IV, Jessica Dainty and Christopher Jones; and great-grandchildren, Sophia Jackson, Avalynn Dainty, Aarek Jones and (on the way) Liam Travis Dainty.
Tiff’s seven grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Madisonville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Friends and family are invited to visit www.madisonvillefuneralhome to leave their condolences in the guestbook.
In lieu of flowers, the family requested that donations be made to: Hospice Brazos Valley, 502 W. 26th St., Bryan, Texas.