Julian Louis Gibbens, 105, of Edwards, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, June 20, 2018.
Brother Julian was born May 17, 1913, in Hope Villa Sugar Cane Plantation, east of Baton Rouge, La., to William Benton Gibbens and Marie Moore Gibbens and was one of 10 children.
He served as a member of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart until 1967, teaching in many Catholic schools across America. Julian was renowned for believing in his students and pushing them hard to succeed. Throughout the years, former students traveled to visit Brother Julian and thank him for helping shape them into the men they are today. He remained a teacher until the very end, teaching his beloved grandchildren in the woods and swamps of Edwards.
Julian was an avid fisherman, master gardener, and chief storyteller. He held a deep love for his wife, Jerry Montgomery Gibbens that was evident to all who knew him.
Julian is preceded in death by his parents; his wife; eight brothers; two sisters; stepson, Lewis Montgomery; and grandson, Scott Mellon.
He is survived by his stepdaughter, Barbara Mellon; grandchildren, Allison Mellon, Lisa Maddox, Drew (Ally) Mellon, Angie (C.J.) Zadrozny, and Victor (Leigh) Montgomery; great-grandchildren include, Payton Maddox, Taylor and Whit Zadrozny, Molly, Mary Lewis, and Hattie Montgomery, and Bella, Anna Claire, Nash and Nadia Mellon.
Visitation was Saturday, June 23, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Glenwood Funeral Home in Vicksburg, with services in Glenwood Funeral Home Chapel at 11 a.m. with Father Tom Lalor officiating. Burial was in Edwards Cemetery.
Honorary pallbearers were Jerry Gibbens, Mitt Gibbens, Cole Gibbens, Tom Gibbens, Victor Montgomery, Drew Mellon and C.J. Zadrozny.