Mr. Merron Hayes Tibbs
01/28/1934 – 12/31/2017
Merron Hayes Tibbs was born on January 28, 1934 in Harvest, AL to the late Cora and Artha Tibbs Sr. Merron was one of five children (Arthur Jr., Jearldine, Roxann and Harold). His early education began at Center School in Harvest, Alabama and James A. Henry School in Chattanooga, TN. Additionally, he attended Toney Jr. High School, in Toney, Alabama. He graduated from Council Training High School in 1951. Merron attended and graduated from Alabama A&M College in 1955 and later received his Master’s Degree from Indiana University in 1966.
Merron was baptized at an early age at Taylor’s Chapel P.B. Church. For the past sixty years he was a loyal member of Lakeside United Methodist Church. He attended all services, serving as a greeter, and always enjoyed his spirited time with his Sunday school class.
At Alabama A&M he met his college sweetheart, Bettye June Rooks. They were introduced to each other by their mutual best friend the late William Everett Rice. Upon completion at Alabama A&M he married Bettye June in 1955. There was never a time after that when they were apart. She was his constant companion traveling wherever he went. He adored her and she adored him. Through it all they were not only the love of each other’s lives but they were best friends forever!
Mr. Tibbs (“They Call Me Mr. Tibbs”) worked in primary and secondary education as both teacher and administrator throughout his professional career. Although he had stories from every class he taught, back to West Madison Elementary and Toney Jr. High School, he loved to reminisce about his coaching days at Calvary Hill as well as his time as Principal at Terry Heights Elementary.
Known to many as “Coach”, he loved to tell stories about his teams, the Calvary Hill Rams. He always remembered everyone’s name and had a special memory for each one of them. He coached all sports including the gymnastics teams while he was there and carried fond memories of games that he would re-tell as if they happened yesterday. As principal of Terry Heights Elementary he got to know countless children and families. He developed professional bonds that he built with his teaching staff, which have lasted throughout the years. He was especially proud of his annual May Day celebration that carried on even after his retirement. He touched and impacted so many people in so many ways. He was a father figure and influential man to countless people beyond the classroom.
“Tibbs”, as he’s lovingly known by his wife, loved his horses. They were always a part of his life up until his last day. He had a passion for training Standardbred horses for harness racing. He would amazingly train his horses before and after work every day during that time. He would load up the family for races all over Tennessee and Kentucky. It was an annual family event to go to the horse races in Fayetteville, TN and the former Louisville Downs in Kentucky. Although he stopped training, he always loved his horses and still had a horse to this day.
Merron also loved working on the farm. In the early days, he and his family would spend their Saturdays plowing potatoes, picking corn and “fooling” with pigs. He seemed to always have a project to do and was doing it when he wanted to do it regardless of how hot or cold it was outside. Merron lived by this type of determination and practice until the end.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Bettye; his three sons, Darrell (Stacy), Brian (Felicia) and Brett (Yutta); his four grandchildren, Lindsey, Spencer, Shelton and Ian Tibbs and Devion, Davia and Deja Young. To cherish his memory as well are his two dearly loved sisters, Jearldine Hyter (Delano) and Roxann Battle (Felix), who were always a part of anything he did. He also leaves many nieces and nephews known to them all as “Uncle Merron,” and a host of family and friends.
Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 6, 2018 at the Lakeside United Methodist Church (3738 Meridian Street N, Huntsville, AL 35811) with Dr. Thomas Muhomba officiating. Interment will be in the Northside Cemetery. Mr. Tibbs will lie in repose one hour prior to funeral time.
Please keep the Tibbs Family in your thoughts and prayers.