Travis Ned Harbuck, 83, of Jackson died July 3, 2023. Ned was born October 31, 1939 in Enterprise to Sam and Mary Harbuck. Ned attended Enterprise High School where he graduated in 1958. He then attended Holmes Junior College in Goodman, MS on a basketball scholarship. Ned transferred his junior year to the University of Alabama on a basketball scholarship where he earned a degree in Education and graduated in 1962.
Ned's first and only job after college was at Jackson High School where he coached boys basketball for 23 years, posting an impressive career mark of 498 wins and 152 losses. From 1976 - 1985 he guided several Aggie teams to the state tournament with the 1979 team reaching the finals. His last team finished 26-3 and reached the Class 5A state semifinals. His teams averaged 22 wins per season and at one stretch won 26 consecutive games. Ned was the head track coach for 20 years and the junior high football coach for 7 years. He served as Jackson's athletic director from 1976 - 1985.
As a high school player, Ned led Enterprise to a third-place finish in the 1958 state tournament, averaging 21.3 points in four games. When an injury cut short his playing career at the University of Alabama, he became the freshman team coach for Crimson Tide Coach Hayden Riley. In 2012, he was inducted into the 22nd class of the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame. At the time of his passing, construction was underway for the Ned Harbuck Gymnasium at Jackson Middle School; the new gymnasium is being built behind the "Cracker Box", the original gymnasium of Jackson High School where Coach Harbuck first taught.
Ned had many hobbies including fishing, woodworking, and traveling but in recent years his greatest joy has come from spending time with his beloved grandchildren.
Ned is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Eleanor Toups Harbuck; children, Kenneth Wayne Harbuck (LaGaylis) and Sondra René Harbuck Sheffield (Tony); grandchildren, Kenneth Preston Harbuck (Brittnie), Samuel Gallas Harbuck (Amy), Patrick Forrest Harbuck, Robert Crear Dickinson (Danaka) and Chad Harbuck Dickinson (Maggie); and 12 great grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Sam and Mary Howell Harbuck; granddaughter, Meghan Laretta Harbuck Overstreet; brothers, Waylon Harbuck and Carlton Harbuck; and sisters, Dorothy Adkison, Angel Treadaway, and Izzie McIntosh.
Services will be held Friday, July 7, 2023 at Lathan Funeral Home, Jackson. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until the service begins at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Mark Dunn officiating. Interment will follow in Trinity Memorial Gardens under the direction of Lathan Funeral Home.
Active pallbearers will be Rob Dickinson, Chad Dickinson, Kenneth Harbuck, Sam Harbuck, Patrick Harbuck and John David Mitchell.
Honorary pallbearers will be his former students, teachers, players and cheerleaders.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Meghan Harbuck Overstreet Memorial Scholarship Fund, C/O René Sheffield, 28280 Beau Chene Court, Daphne, AL 36526 or Jackson High School Basketball Program, 324 Stanley Ave, Jackson, AL 36545.