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August 8, 1933 ~ October 9, 2023 (age 90) 90 Years Old
Merrell Bibby, 90, of Amarillo, walked into the arms of Jesus on Monday October 9, 2023. Memorial services will be 2:00 PM Friday October 13, 2023 at Trinity Baptist Church, 1601 I-40, with Pastor John Redfearn officiating. The family will receive friends on Thursday October 12, 2023 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM at the funeral home. Arrangements are under the direction of Cox-Rowley Funeral Home.
Merrell was born on August 8, 1933 in Quinlan, Texas to Phelon and Hettie Bibby. He married his first wife, Wanda in 1953 in Dumas; together they had two children and made a happy and loving home, celebrating 47 years of marriage. Merrell served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict and was stationed for a time in Hawaii. He would often comment on his time in Hawaii and the fond memories he and his family made there.
Merrell has lived in the Amarillo Community since 1955, working as a grocer, business owner and insurance agent. He owned and operated Bibby Burger for five years and later served as an agent with Farmers Insurance for 20 years before his retirement. Merrell married his second wife, Bettye in 2001. Together they combined their families, providing a warm and welcoming home for their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Merrell was a dedicated member of Trinity Baptist Church since 1955. He was a deacon for several years and gave so much of his time to his church family. One of his greatest joys was leading the music for his Sunday School class and the senior adult Bible study. Merrell was a charter member of the Friday morning prayer breakfast group. For a time Merrell also served as the Sunday School Director. Everyone loved and admired him. Merrell had a strong prayer life and could often be found on the couch with his prayer list and Bible praying for his family and friends in need of Gods healing and blessings. He leaves behind a legacy of love, dedication and faithfulness that’s not often found. Merrell enjoyed spending time outside, working in his shed or in his yard and being surrounded by family. He always enjoyed a good laugh and some good Mexican food.
Merrell was preceded in death by his first wife and mother of his children, Wanda Bibby; his beloved grandson, Dustin Bibby; three sisters, Marie Watson, Omma Ruth Mhoon and Clotene Pace; his step daughter-in-law, Marsha Bingham.
Survivors include his wife, Bettye Bibby of the home; his daughter, Gayla Walker and husband Cary; his son, Kevin Bibby and wife Debbie all of Amarillo; three step sons, Jack Bingham of Ennis, Bill Bingham of Canyon and Charles Bingham and wife Kay of Amarillo; two step daughters, JoAnn Custer and husband Rod of Florida and Mary Stuart and husband Donald of Amarillo; two nephews, Larry Mhoon and wife Sue, Randy Hatfield and wife Becky; his niece, Sammie Adams and her husband Sam; 12 grandchildren, Nissa Ross and husband Josh, Kelsey Walker and wife Heather, Crystal Wingard and husband Scott, Amber Barber and Husband Ricky, Ashley Lewis and husband Brian, John Bingham and wife Kristen, Daniel Stuart, Andrea Sharber and husband Josh, Jacob Bingham and wife Meredith, Jessica DeWitt, Caleb Bingham, Hannah Bingham and 20 Great-grandchildren; Survivors also include a host of extended family members and close friends.