Benjamin Carlton BibbOctober 24, 2017
Benjamin Carlton Bibb died in his hometown, Alexandria, Virginia, at the age of 88 on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 from a cardiac arrest. He was born on October 17, 1929, the youngest son to Eston Lee Bibb and Alice Mabel Wright. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Eston Lee Bibb, Jr., his daughter Adrian M. Bibb and his grandson, Stuart R. Biggs.
He is survived by his devoted wife of 64 years, Anita M. Bibb, née Thomas, also a native of Alexandria, whom he married on April 18, 1953, by his son, Benjamin C. Bibb, Jr. of Washington, D.C., his niece, Sara M. Kennedy of Asheville, North Carolina and his grandson, Evan Harrison-Bibb of Charlottesville. Virginia.
He was a graduate of George Washington High School, class of 1947 and a member of the Phi Delta Epsilon fraternity. He boxed and played on the Prexies basketball team. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy for one year and five years in the Reserves from which he was honorably discharged. As a sailor, he served on board the U.S.S. George K. MacKenzie, DD-836, a Gearing-class destroyer, in both the Caribbean and South America. Benny was a devoted father who began work as a pre-teen and held various jobs throughout his long life to support his wife and children. He instilled in his children, Ben and Adriane, a sense of honor in hard work well done and the duty to take care of those they loved. He was a first-class linesman for the Virginia Electric and Power Company for many years and an engineering technician and contract administrator for the General Services Administration from which he retired. At GSA, he discovered a significant weakness in the power grid supplying the White House and supervised its re-electrification to assure continuous power to the Executive Mansion during both the Nixon and Ford Administrations. “Bennie” was a life-long, avid hunter and fisherman who always felt more at home in nature than he did in the city. He and his wife, “Nitsie”, built a home in the mountains near Paris, Virginia where he could hunt, fish and watch wildlife. They owned a condominium in Ocean City, Maryland for years to enjoy the salt life. At the age of 87 he hunted deer for the last time. He loved children, in general, and ignited in his son and daughter a love of the natural world, be it the forests, mountains, beaches or oceans. He was a member of the Old Dominion Boat Club on the Potomac River in Old Town Alexandria for decades and a member of the Alexandria Sportman's Club. We will always remember his wide smile, ribald sense of humor, hearty laugh, enthusiasm for hot toddy's and zest for having a good time. Donations in his name can be made to Commonwealth Baptist Church, 700 Commonwealth Avenue, Alexandria, Virginia 22301. A memorial service will be announced at a later date.