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Blease Tibbets


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Blease Tibbets Obituary
Blease Tibbets, 91, gently passed away at home, with loved ones by his side, and went to be with the Lord, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014. Funeral: 2 p.m. Monday in First Baptist Church of Euless, 1000 W. Freeway, Euless. Burial: Shannon Rose Hill Cemetery, 7301 E. Lancaster, Fort Worth. Visitation: 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Arlington Chapel. Memorials: The family requests, in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to First Baptist Church, Euless, 6 Stones, Samaritan's Purse, Wounded Warriors Project, or a . He was born in Seymour on July 8, 1922, and moved to Arlington in 1934. He graduated from Arlington High School in 1940, attended N.T.A.C. (now UTA) for one year before going to work for Arlington State Bank (now Chase) in 1941, at a salary of $60 per month. He married his high school sweetheart, Eva Morris, June 20, 1942, and they celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary last June 20, 2013. They had three children, Douglas, Barbara and Gayla. They were able to spend over 40 years taking trips to Northern New Mexico, and in 1978 he, his son, Douglas built their first summer home in Black Lake, N.M., near Angel Fire. The family owned a quarter section of land, and he and Douglas built a second summer home in 1987. How blessed the family was, and their memories will remain for the rest of their lives! Tibbets enlisted in the United States Army Air Force in January 1943, and spent 17 months in flight training before going overseas on June 20, 1944. He served in the Air Transport Command flying C-47 and C-54 aircraft throughout the South Pacific, and Middle East. He was privileged to fly one of the first 10 C-54s carrying our occupation troops from Okinawa to Atswki Airport, Japan, on Aug. 29, 1945. From Okinawa, he was sent to Calcutta, India, and flew supplies and personnel to Shanghai, China, before returning home to the USA in December 1945. He was honorably discharged in 1946, with the rank of first lieutenant having logged over 1,700 hours of flight time. He was honored with the Air Medal upon completion of his service in the Air Force. He returned to his job at Arlington State Bank in April 1946 at the same position he had when he left, but with a little more salary than when he started in 1941. By early 1950 he had been promoted to assistant cashier, and accepted the position of cashier at the First National Bank of Handley. By early 1962 he had been promoted to executive vice president and led a group who organized and were granted a charter for the First State Bank of Euless on June 20, 1962. He served as president and chairman of the board for seven years. Then, in July 1969, the bank relocated under new charter to Bedford and became First State Bank of Bedford. He served as president and chairman of the board until the bank was sold to Northeast Bancorp. He has served as president of First Bedford Corporation since 1972 to the present time, 42 years. In 1950 he was a charter member of the East Fort Worth Rotary Club, a past president and member until 1962 when he joined the Hurst-Euless-Bedford Rotary Club. He was a past president of that club, and served as an active member until 1998 having collective perfect attendance for 31 years. He has been honored by being designated an honorary member since 1998. He served in his community since 1962 in various capacities. He was past president and chairman of the board of the First State Bank of Bedford, past chairman of Hurst-Euless-Bedford Hospital Authority, past chairman of the Dallas Fort Worth Airport Association (a joint agency between Dallas and Fort Worth United Way) past president of Hurst-Euless-Bedford Chamber of Commerce, and president of First Bedford Corporation since it was chartered in 1977. His parents were devoted Christians and members of the First Baptist Church of Wichita Falls, where he accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at the age of 8. He had been a faithful member of the First Baptist Church of Euless since 1962, and served in various capacities. He was a deacon, and past chairman of the Deacon body, past trustee, past Sunday school teacher, and a faithful supporter of his pastors and church staff. His favorite scripture is found in II Timothy, Chapter 4, verses 7-8, and lived his life seeking that goal. The family would like to express gratitude to their caring doctors, Dr. Chris Yiantsou, Dr. David Eisen and Dr. Rey Marquino. The family also wishes to acknowledge the caring, dedicated and compassionate team from Mission Hospice, Cleburne (Lauren, Jennifer and Donna). He was preceded in death by his parents; sister; nephew, James Morris; and beloved son, Douglas Tibbets. Survivors: His wife of 71 years, Eva; daughters, Barbara Tibbets of Placitas, N.M., and Gayla Tibbets-Green of Bedford; nieces, Ann Bardack of San Diego, Calif., Jan Rios, and her children, Christopher and Erin, of Fort Worth; cousins, Marsha Riley of Colleyville, and her children, Lori, Chad and Alex, John Caussey of Wichita Falls; and grandchildren, William Blease Green of Nashville, Tenn., and Jennifer Kristen Green of Bedford.
Published in Star-Telegram on Mar. 1, 2014
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