The Edmond Sun

September 26, 2013

Joe Dean Tippins


The Edmond Sun

EDMOND —     Joe Dean Tippins, 87, passed away September 25, 2013, in Edmond, Okla.  He was born June 24, 1926, in Little Kansas, Okla., to Henry Benjamin and Minnie Ellen Tippins.  

    Joe and his family moved to California as part of the Dust Bowl exodus in 1932.  He returned to Arkansas and met the love of his life, Norva.  Joe returned to California to work on aircraft to support the war effort.  Norva joined Joe in California and they eloped to Yuma Ariz., and were married November 2, 1945.  They lived in Woodward, Okla. where their three children were born.  

    In 1953, the family moved to Gentry, Ark., where he farmed until moving to Tulsa, Okla. to work for American Airlines.  Joe would eventually become owner of the Tulsa Safe and lock Company  until another move in 1962, took them to Edmond, Okla., and he worked with Diebold, Inc.

    Joe retired in 1991, but he didn’t quit working.  Along with his wife and son, he started his own business, T&T Bank Lock & Key and continued working until his death.

    Joe was a faithful member of Edmond’s First Baptist Church, for more than 50 years, serving as a deacon, Sunday school leader, and member of Happy Timers.  He will be fondly remembered as a dependable friend, a loving husband, father and Papaw!  Oh, how his grandchildren loved his homespun stories and hillbilly songs and sayings.  He loved life, people, and tinkering with locks.  He had a wonderful sense of humor and gave “epic” hugs to everyone, none could compare!

    He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, and six sisters.

    Joe leaves behind his devoted wife of 68 years,  Norva; son Randy Tippins of Edmond; daughters, Vicki Snow of Edmond, and Glenda Shilling (Gerald) of Garland, Texas;  three wonderful grandchildren, Sydney Snow of Edmond, Katherine Shilling Seattle, Wash., and Jonathan Shilling of San Francisco, Calif.; brother, Donald Tippins of Bakersfield, Calif., and many nieces and nephews.

    Visitation will be 1 - 8 p.m. Sunday  at Matthews Funeral Home, Edmond.

    Funeral services are planned for 1 p.m. Monday, September 30, at the First Baptist Church, Edmond, OK.  Interment will be at Gracelawn Cemetery.