Memorial service to be held Tuesday March 14, 2023, at 1:00 p.m., at Trinity Baptist Church under the direction of Sevier Funeral Home. Pastor Keith Morgan to officiate.
Kent Bryan Hibbard passed from this earthly life to be with his Lord and Savior on March 8, 2023, in Chickasha, OK. He was born on March 13, 1956, in Oklahoma City, OK to Otis Franklin and Billie June (Hudson) Hibbard.
Kent grew up predominantly in Oklahoma until the last two years of high school, which he spent in Lincoln, NE. After graduation Kent began working for Burlington Northern Railroad laying railroad track. During this time he lived on the job and held Bible studies with his fellow trackmen. Sometime later he came back to Oklahoma to work in one of the family businesses, Garver’s Moving Company. In 1981, he met the love of his life Julie Hoffmann. They dated for four and a half years before getting married September 14, 1985, in Okarche, OK. They had three sons Daren, Jacob, and Bryce. During this time Kent started Hibbard Construction, where he did carpentry work and foundation repair.
Kent’s desire in life was to introduce Christ to everyone he came into contact with. He devoted his life to the Lord by ministering to those less fortunate. In 1991, Kent moved his family to Chickasha to take on the role of Director at the Resurrection House, a homeless shelter, where he served for the next three decades. Kent desired everyone that came through the shelter to learn to help others, as well as themselves. The Resurrection House started as a one building dormitory and grew to become what it is now – the Life Skills Institute.
During his time as Director, Kent worked at Hart Trailer in Chickasha, OK, for 13 years. Then, in 2011, Kent fulfilled his dream by becoming ordained and accepting the position of Pastor at Southern Hills Baptist Church, where he led the Southern Hills congregation for eleven years before retiring.
Kent faithfully took opportunities God laid before him to spread hope and teach God’s word. Kent’s only topic of conversation around town was the Lord; never failing to find a way to bring up his faith. Kent helped many people in Chickasha and the surrounding area without expecting anything in return. He strived to be a true man of God.
Kent loved his family. He built the family’s home on the outskirts of Chickasha initially to host youth groups. Though, in the end, Kent used the house to spend more time with his children and grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his father, Otis Hibbard, Sr., mother June Garver, and brother Otis “Odie” Hibbard, Jr.
He is survived by his loving wife Julie Hibbard; his sons Daren Hibbard and girlfriend Chaeley, Jacob Hibbard and wife Rachel, Bryce Hibbard and wife Tricia; his precious grandchildren Noa, Judah, Jonas, StellaNova, and Zaiylin; his stepmother Cara Hibbard; his sister Karissa Hobbs; stepbrother’s Mike Kensinger, Matt Kensinger and Robert Garver; as well as numerous brother-in-law’s, sister-in-law’s, nieces, nephews, and many beloved family members and friends in Christ.
In honor of Kent, you can make donations to the Resurrection House/Life Skills Institute, or his favorite Missions organization, The Voice of the Martyrs: https://www.persecution.com/donate/