H. Clifton Tribble, 76


Funeral services were conducted 1 p.m. Monday, March 19, at the Lebanon Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 522 Castle Heights Ave. for Blue Devil football legend Clifton Tribble.

Tribble, 76, died Friday, March 16, 2012, at Quality Care Nursing Home following an extended illness.

Born in Lebanon to the late Howell Clifton Tribble, Sr. and Beatrice Suite Tribble Moore, Tribble was a former All-State football player for Lebanon High. He went on to coach the Blue Devils to great success in the 1960's and was among the first inductees into the LHS Sports Hall of Fame.

Tribble attended the Flat Rock School and was a 1954 graduate of LHS. He attended Middle Tennessee State University and the university of Kentucky. Before retiring in 1996, he spent some 36 years in education as a teacher, coach and eeventually principal of the Wilson County Vocational Center.

A longtime TSSAA football official, he was a member of the Lebanon Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

Services were conducted by Rev. Kevin Medlin. Interment followed in the Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include: his wife of 15 years, Peggy Horner Tribble; children Kathie (Jim) Davies, Jimmy (Deana) Tribble, Connie (Darrell) Kington, Mary Ann (Mark) Taylor, Deborah "Dobe" Tribble; step-son Keith Horner; sisters: Joyce Ann (Ray) Sanford, Jane (Mac) Hollis; brother, James (Mary) Tribble; 15 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren.

Active pallbearers: members of the 1961 Lebanon High School Football Team: Eddie Callis, Bobby Byrd, Louis Thompson, Henry Harding, Jimmy Nokes, Billy Sellars, Bruce Skeen and Douglas Raines.

Honorary pallbearers: football teammates, former players, fellow coaches, Billy Denton and Jim Walker.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 38 years, Peggy Jennings Tribble; grandson Shane Barnes; grandparents Hatti and Carter Suite and an infant brother.

The family requests memorial contributions may be made to the Lebanon Cumberland Presbyterian Church Building Fund, Lebanon High School Football or the charity of your choice.

Lebanon's Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.