MAYFIELD — Tommy Kay Tibbs, age 70, of Mayfield passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 28, 2013, at the Parkview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Paducah, Ky.
He graduated from Mayfield High School in 1962. He was a starting player for the Mayfield High School basketball team, and still holds the record for most points scored in a single quarter. He played on the All-District team and was named honorable mention on the Kentucky All-Star Team. He attended Murray State University, where he majored in education. He coached basketball at East College Elementary, where his team won the grade school city championship.
He worked as an engineer for Halliburton and Bi-Petro oil companies for 12 years. He later retired from Parsons Motor Company after 16 years.
In 2006 he was awarded a medal given by the military in recognition of “Outstanding Service” for the troops by a civilian with his show car “The Bounty Hunter.” His car holds the title as Tennessee State Champion and is in the Tennessee Auto Show Hall of Fame. He started the Fourth of July car show in Mayfield, which later grew into the Glory Days Celebration. In 2003 Mayor Arthur Byrn awarded him Ambassador of Mayfield for all of his hard work.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Lucy Tibbs: two daughters, Angela (Chris) Elliott and Brandy (Chris) Bryson, both of Mayfield: six grandchildren, Megan and Tommy Derrick of Lake Charles, La.; Emily, Katelyn, and Julie Bryson of Mayfield; Christin Elliott of Mayfield; one great-grandchild, Rebekah Derrick of Lake Charles, La.: one brother, Donnie Tibbs of Fairfield, Ill.: one brother-in-law, Mark Breedlove; one nephew, Justin Breedlove; and one niece, Jessica Humphries, all of Paducah, Ky.
He was preceded in death by his father, Guy Tibbs; his mother, Shirley Tibbs; a brother, Kenneth Tibbs; and a sister-in-law, Debbie Breedlove.
Friends and family may call on Thursday, October 3, 2013, after 4 p.m. at the Brown Funeral Home in Mayfield to celebrate his life. A service will then be held at 6 p.m. with the Rev. Greg Hill officiating. There will be no graveside services.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a donation be made to the Mayfield-Graves County Animal Shelter, 500 North 12th St., Mayfield, KY 42066.