Deacon Albert Lee Bibbins, Sr., son of the late Charles Edward Bibbins and Ethel Mae Wescott Bibbins, was born on October 22, 1947. He departed this life on September 14, 2020 at his residence following a lingering illness.
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Deacon Bibbins attended the Accomack County Public Schools and was a 1968 graduate of Mary N. Smith High School. He was united in holy matrimony to Mona Lisa Bibbins for forty-seven years. This union was blessed with three daughters, Theresa, Aretha, and Keshia.
Deacon Bibbins confessed his belief in Christ and was baptized at Metompkin Baptist Church in Parksley, Virginia, under the leadership of Pastor Robert Starkey. He served faithfully on the deacon and usher ministries. He also served on the cleaning ministry, taught Sunday school, drove the church van, and he would often cut the church’s grass.
Deacon Bibbins was employed at Tyson Foods, formerly Holly Farms, for over fifty years. Albert was a supervisor for many of those years. He later transferred to the Rendering Department, where he worked until his health failed in April 2018.
Deacon Bibbins was known by all in the community. He never met a stranger and never missed a day of work. Even in his sickness, his favorite motto was “I Won’t Complain.”
Other than his parents, Deacon Bibbins was preceded in death by two sisters, Ethel “Jenny” Bibbins and Margaret Anne Lilliston.
Deacon Bibbins leaves to cherish his memories: his devoted wife, Mona Bibbins; seven children, Theresa (Tyrone) Davis, Pastor Albert (Margarita) Bibbins, Jr., Aretha Bibbins, Tony Harris, Vicki Harmon, Tykeshia (Rhasaan) Brown, and Antwine Holden; twenty-eight grandchildren, including five of whom he raised as his own, Keyon Bibbins, Minister Quameshia Callwood, Birdell Bishop, IV, Layla Brown, and Laniya Brown; fifteen great-grandchildren; four brothers, Charles (Diane), Gilbert (Julia), Saunders, Sr. (Gwen), and William Thomas Bibbins; brothers-in-law, Apostle Linwood (Diane) Wright, Jerry (Barbara) Wright, Charles Henry, and Dexter (Montrose) Jackson; sisters-in-law, Bessie Shrieves and Mary Hamilton; brother in Christ, Deacon Charlie Rogers; close friend, George “Crip” Crippen; cousins who were like brothers, James “Coolie” Bibbins and Thomas Parker; the New Metompkin Baptist Church family; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.