WHITE HALL — Jerry Wilson Lybrand, 71, of White Hall, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at St. Vincent Medical Center in Little Rock.
He was born April 26, 1942 in Sheridan to Muriel Worthen Lybrand and Dewell Lybrand. He was raised by his grandmother, Lula Worthen, in Redfield and graduated from White Hall High School in 1960.
Jerry accepted a basketball scholarship to Henderson State University where he graduated with a BSE degree in biology and physical education.
After graduation from college in 1964, Jerry taught and coached in the Texarkana, Texas school system for 2 years. In 1966 he returned to begin his teaching career at White Hall.
In 1968 Jerry earned an M.S.E. degree from the University of Central Arkansas (UCA). In 1971 he became the principal at White Hall Jr. High and served in that capacity for 11 years. In 1983 he then became the assistant superintendent.
In 1991 Jerry became the superintendent of White Hall School District. He was instrumental in both the planning and supervision of improvements to the school district that led to the facilities as we know them today. While he was serving the school district, it grew in numbers as well as academic achievements. During his tenure, the school district received numerous awards both in the state and on the national levels for many accomplishments. Mr. Lybrand earned the admiration and respect from his faculty and the White Hall community. He retired in 1999 after 33 years of service.
Jerry was a member of Bethany Missionary Baptist Church. He was also a member of the American Association of School Administrators and the West Pine Bluff Rotary Club.
He was a master craftsman in woodworking and built many beautiful pieces of furniture. He was also an avid motorcyclist and enjoyed many trips throughout the United States. He was most proud of his trips to Sturgis, South Dakota, the Smoky Mountains and the Natchez Trace in Mississippi.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents and maternal grandmother who raised him.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Glenda Burton Lybrand of White Hall; daughter and son-in-law, Carol and Joe Taylor and three grandchildren, Clara Grace, Caroline and Caleb Taylor, all of White Hall; sister, Peggy Little and husband, Bill of Lancaster, Calif.; and his faithful and constant companion, his bird dog, Max.
Visitation will be Friday, 5-7 p.m. at Ralph Robinson & Son. Services will be 2:00 p.m., Saturday, December 28, 2013 at Bethany Missionary Baptist Church with Reverend Ben Hulsey officiating. Burial will follow at White Hall United Methodist Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Bethany Missionary Baptist Church Youth Mission Fund, 7122 Sheridan Road, White Hall, Arkansas 71602 or Arkansas Hospice Foundation, #14 Parkstone Circle, North Little Rock, Arkansas 72116.
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