James Robert Hibbetts

James R. Hibbetts, 82, of College Station, passed away Friday morning at his country home he loved so much with his family and close friends. A celebration of his life is set for Saturday, November 13, 2010 at Two O’ Clock P.M. at the Christ United Methodist Church, with the Reverend Jerry House officiating. Visitation will be in the Fellowship Hall after the memorial service.

Jim was born on September 13, 1928 in North Zulch, Texas to J. Virgil and Allie Mitchell Hibbetts and was raised in Houston. After graduation from Milby High School, he attended the University of Houston but joined the Navy after one year. While in the Navy in Washington, D.C. he met the love of his life, Ramona, and spent the rest of his life, 55 years and 2 months, with her. After his honorable discharge, they returned to Houston where he finished his degree in Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics at the University of Houston.

He started his career with Univac when computers were not cool. Not enjoying sales, he entered the system analysist field of computers and automated Hughes Tool Company’s operation. His reputation went global, having representatives from China and more to see how his system worked. He was then lured by Agency Records Control to run their operation, which gave him the opportunity to move the company to Bryan. He retired from ARC in 1992 as Vice President of Operations and has truly enjoyed his nearly 20 years of retirement.

Survivors include his wife, Ramona, his children, Robert Virgil Hibbetts and wife Valerie, Hollee Ramona and husband Howard Lee Shoemake. Five grandchildren, Austin Robert Hibbetts, Lea Ashton Shoemake, Wesley Hunter Shoemake, Allie Nicole Shoemake and George Travis Shoemake. These guys were so special and he was so proud of them all. He’s also survived by his sister, Janet Kangers and husband James A. Kangers, of San Diego, California, two nieces, and lots of cousins.

His second family is the Christian Collage Sunday School Class and the Star Bridge Club. His bridge partners were so special even if he couldn’t remember their names.

The family would like to thank the nurses at St. Joseph for the kind care he received and then Hospice Brazos Valley with the home care, and all of the care from friends. Remembrances may be made to Hospice BV, 502 W. 26th, Bryan, Texas 77803 or a charity of your choice. Seven No-Trump.


  1. I am very sad to hear Jim is gone. He was always so good to our family and Dewitt was very fond of him. Ramona, I always used to enjoy visiting with you when I worked at Luby’s. It has now been years since I have seen you, but I have special memories of both you and Jim.

    May God bless you!


  2. My Father, Dewitt Baker’s, old, old friend. Many is the time I stopped by ARC when home on leave from the Army; Mr. Hibbetts always took time to talk. He was a very gracious man; my Father spoke of him often. Sad, sad days for us, when such a great man departs this earth. He certainly left it better than he found it. He can sleep peacefully, without regrets. I am a better person for having known him.

  3. Ramona and family….Know you and yours are in our thoughts and prayers…You and Jim had a good long life together…I could see the love you two shared everytime I saw you…We both know he is in a better place and not hurting….But I also know you are going to miss him badly…He was your soulmate and best friend…We are here to help you in anyway we can…Just a phone call or email away…Love Joy and John

  4. Ramona & family –
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time! Please let us know if there is anything at all that we can do to help.
    Love, Don, Shannon & Wesley

  5. Ramona,

    Please accept my deepest sympathy. Jim was special to me by accepting my quaint ways and teasing me mercilessly. In only one short year of knowing Jim at the bridge table he left a “BIG” warm and soft spot in my heart. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Carol Laughlin

  6. Dear Romona & Family, Please accept our most sincere condolences. May your memories give you comfort and peace. Georgia and Family

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