Dr. Terry J. Dibble, PhD, 79, Milligan College, Tenn., died Sunday, July 7, 2013, at Johnson City Medical Center due to complications from pneumonia.
He was born March 1, 1934 to George Riley Dibble and Margaret Catherine LeRock Dibble in Alton, Kansas. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister-in-law, Fran Dibble.
Dr. Dibble was a retired Professor from Milligan College where he taught Humanities for 29 years. He received a PhD from the University of Nebraska and completed his undergraduate studies at Fort Hays, Kansas.
Dr. Dibble was an avid reader, scholar, loved games and puzzles and had become quite fond of playing games and communicating on his Kindle.
Dr. Dibble is survived by his wife, Katherine Dibble; a daughter, Sheryl Garland and husband Leroy; three grandchildren, Heather Phipps, Stephan Phipps and wife Jessica and Correy Garland; four great-grandchildren, Hailie, Mason, Caleb and Aiden; a sister, Jane Moore and husband Delbert; two brothers, Danny and wife Connie Dibble and Joe Dibble; nephews, Darin Nelson, Dorin Nelson and Sean Dibble, and niece, Daphne Dibble, and families.
A memorial service honoring his life will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, at Hopwood Christian Church on the Milligan College campus. Receiving of friends will be at 6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Hopwood Christian Church, P.O. Box 149, Milligan College TN 37682 or Milligan College, Milligan College, TN 37682. Dr. Dibble has donated his body to the Anthropological Science Department, University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Dr. Dibble was a beloved teacher, mentor, friend and family member. Words cannot express our loss. Condolences may be sent to the Dibble family online at www.dillow-taylor.com
Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Jonesborough, (423) 753-3821, is in charge of arrangements.