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Visitation: 5-7 p.m. on Sunday evening, November 14, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora
Funeral Ceremony: 11 a.m. on Monday, November 15, 2021, at Flora First Baptist Church
Interment: Floral Garden of Memories Cemetery
Harvey T. Tibbs, age 101, of Flora, Illinois, passed away Wednesday morning, November 10, 2021, at HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham.
He was born September 13, 1920, in Wayne County, Illinois, the son of Charles and Gertie (Cates) Tibbs.
Harvey joined the Army on September 22, 1942, and drove a tank for Company A, First Platoon, 745th Tank Battalion. He was awarded many medals, including the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, the Good Conduct Medal, and the Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster. He served during WWII and was discharged from service on September 29, 1945, as a true American hero.
Upon returning home aboard the Queen Elizabeth, Harvey married the love of his life Rowena (Butcher) Tibbs on October 12, 1946. They later had two children, Marvin Tibbs, and Teresa Tibbs, and together they have shared 75 wedding anniversaries.
In January of 1954, Harvey opened his own body shop and worked there until his retirement on September 3, 1985. He was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church in Flora where he was an active member of a large and loving church family. He was also a member of the Flora American Legion Post 14.
He is survived by his wife: Rowena Tibbs of Flora; a son: Marvin (Brenda) Tibbs of Flora; 3 granddaughters: Jennifer Bible, Kristie (Steven) Franzen, and Jamie (Mike) Justice; and 7 great-grandchildren: Emma Bible, Regan Franzen, Jake Franzen, Taylor Franzen, Lainey Justice, Braden Justice, and William Justice.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother: Cloyd Tibbs; a sister: Lovella Talbert; a daughter: Teresa Tibbs Bible; son-in-law: Mark Bible; daughter-in-law: Elaine Tibbs; granddaughter: Lori Tibbs; and a niece and several nephews.
A funeral ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, November 15, 2021, at Flora First Baptist Church with Jim Earleywine officiating. Interment will follow in Floral Garden of Memories Cemetery with the presentation of military funeral honors. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. on Sunday evening, November 14, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora. Memorial donations are suggested to Clay County Cancer Crusaders and will be accepted through the funeral home. To share a memory or condolence visit: www.frankandbright.com
Praying for peace and comfort for all who love Harvey. He was loved by so many.
Marvin Sharla and I are very sorry for your loss we will be praying for your entire family.
I am so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. He went to see our Dad when he was in the Burge House. They were the friends we all should be, agree to disagree and have a life long friendship. My heart goes out to you Marvin and family. He was truly one of the best of Flora.
I remember hearing of Mr Harvey Tibbs when I was young from my Dad, Joe Woomer. Always good & with respect. God's blessings to your family!
Harvey was a great man who loved God, his family, his country and his community. I will miss hearing him share his life experiences. Rest in Peace, Brother Harvey.
Sympathy to all the family. I remember Mr. Tibbs in years past when my father, Harvey Hoard, worked with him. Nice man.
Sad to hear this. While growing up I saw the family every weekend. My folks an others would play cards.
Rowena, Marvin and Family: Please accept our deepest sympathies in the loss of your husband, father and grandfather. Harvey was a great man, a true friend, a Christian role model and a hero. We’ve known him all our lives and he’s going to be missed by everyone. 101 years old - what a blessing. The Tibbs family are all in our thoughts and prayers. RIP dear Harvey❤️
We think the world of Harvey. He is one in a Million. We all learned from his love of God and Country.
Such a sweet guy. Sorry for your loss Rowena and family.
Our hearts are breaking…We are both honored to have known such a man as Harvey. He has shown our family so much love thru the years. Continued prayers for Ms Rowena and all family…
Marvin, Rowena and family. I was saddened to hear of Harvey's passing. What a full life, 101 years. When I thought of Harvey today, it took me back to the early 50's when our back yards adjoined in Sunnyside. Then, you moved to 7th street and we moved to Douglas street. Years later when we would come home and visit the folks, one constant would be Harvey doing his laps around the neighborhood. RIP Harvey. Prayers to the family.
Sorry to hear about Harvey's passing. Prayers for the family. It brings back memories of back yard activities on both sides of the alley between west 7th and 8th street. RIP.
A great friend, who will be missed!
So sorry to hear of Mr. Tibbs passing. I talked to him Sunday at church and was glad I had that opportunity. A wonderful man who I admired a lot.
What a great example Mr Harvey was for the world. He was a heroe in every aspect. Never loud or rude, he quietly conducted his life as a true gentleman and was respected by all. I am just one of many who will miss that smile with a twinkle in his eyes and the bear hug that always followed. What a beautiful life he lived with honor and love for God, his family and friends and his country. Rest in peace, Harvey. You will be greatly missed.
My Condolences to Marvin and family....may you be comforted by God's peace and love
So sorry to hear about Harvey he was a great neighbor
A life well lived...my deepest sympathies to the family.
When I think back to the happy times in my childhood in Flora, Il, many of them made possible by Harvey Tibbs. What a truly nice man, as was his whole family. RIP Sir, and blessings for Marvin, his grandchildren, great grandchildren.
Our sincere sympathies to the entire Tibbs family for their loss. Such a life well lived and so many great memories. Sending comfort and prayers.
Prayers for Marvin and family.
I am sorry for your loss and pray God will provide peace and comfort for your family.
My sincere condolences to the family.
I'm so very sorry to hear about the passing of your husband, he will be missed by many, prayers for you and the rest of your family at this difficult time.
Sending love and prayers for the family from the Diamond’s in Ocean Springs, MS..❤️❤️❤️❤️🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏
So sorry for your loss Tibbs Family. Prayers for all of you in this difficult time. May the many years of wonderful memories comfort you.
Dear Rowena and Family, I was so sorry to read of your loss of Harvey! What a long and storied life he had! It was always fun for my family to share worship with you at First Baptist Church! God bless you as you cope with this great loss!
Marvin and family. My condolences on the loss of your Dad. I was amazed when you told me last May at mother's funeral, that he was still driving. What a great long life he had and to survive WW2 and return as a hero. My parents and yours were neighbors for such a long time on 7th street and that was nice. Hoping to see you next fall at a possible class reunion.
Marvin, Although I don't believe I ever met your Father, it is so obvious by the comments of the community at large, both on here and on social media that he was so very loved and respected. What a long, productive Christian life he led, I know you all will miss him terribly. My deepest sympathies to you, your Mother and your entire family.
Sorry for your loss. Harvey was a very special person and Mike and I always enjoyed talking to him. I stopped to wish him a happy birthday and he walked to my car and said I don't see too good, who are you. I said Sharon Gray, Leslie and Mildred Cook's daughter and he said how's Mike I haven't seen him lately. Prayers of comfort for all the family and friends.
Marvin, what a long life your Dad lived. I can't say I really met him but he beat the odds by hitting 101. My only recollection of your Dad was stopping by the body shop for some unknown reason and you both were hard at it fixing up those cars; and if memory serves me correctly, you got the benefit by getting to drive some of those vehicles that you and you Dad fixed up. In any event, please celebrate the life of you Dad in achieving so much and living such a long life. Condolences to all.