Willie Gibbons grew up caddying in Texarkana, AR. When he retired in 2002, Belle Meade Country Club was 102 years old. During this period, Gibbons and a former caddie from North Berwick, Scotland, George Livingstone, each had served as the golf professional at Belle Meade for 35 years. Gibbons has served as chairman or vice chairman of the Tennessee Golf Foundation since its inception in 1990. He was president of the Tennessee PGA in 1979-80, TPGA Section Golf Professional of the Year in 1980 and 1994 and PGA National Merchandiser of the Year in 1983. He played on 12 Challenge Cup teams.