Joseph Edwin "Ed" Tibbitts passed March 31, 2023. He was born on May 28, 1927 to the late L.M. (Fate) and Bertha Womack Tibbitts. Ed was a member of New Canaan Baptist Church alongside his wife, Catherine Tibbitts. Ed was a United States Coast Guard Veteran who served from 1945-1946 as a World War II Merchant Marine Seaman. Ed was also a Mason at the Dallas Lodge #182 and this October would have made his 75th year. He retired from Local Union 926 as an operating engineer and then retired from the Paulding County Sherrif's Office as a jailer. Ed served as a Yaarab Shriner and played in the Yaarab Temple Banjo Band. Ed loved gospel singing and was the chairman of the Dallas Fourth of July Gospel Singing for many years. He was a lifelong gardener and loved being outdoors. He and his wife, Catherine raised four children together, Cathie, Vickie, Terry, and Jill. His family was of upmost importance to him and he loved them deeply. Ed was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather who will be dearly missed by all his family and friends.
In addition to his parents, Ed is preceded in death by his loving wife of 77 years, Catherine Tibbitts; his brother, Umbry Tibbitts; his son-in-law, Mark Serrano; and granddaughter, Kasey Fennell.
Ed is survived by his children, Cathie T. Serrano, Vickie (Brent) Smith, Terry (Shelia) Tibbitts, Jill Marlow; two sisters, Doris Lance, Helen Thomas; four grandchildren, and one great-grandson.
The family would like to thank the staff's of Laurel Lodge Assisted Living and Caritas Hospice for the love and care shown to our Dad during his final months.
The family will receive friends at Clark Funeral Home on Monday, April 3, 2023, from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. Funeral services for Mr. Tibbitts will begin at 3:00 p.m. at Clark Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor Justin Harris officiating. Interment will follow at New Canaan Baptist Church Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations to New Canaan Baptist Church Cemetery Fund are appreciated.
Clark Funeral Home is honored to care for the Tibbitts family during this difficult time.