Thomas Norman Tipping


Thomas Norman Tipping


Tipping, Thomas obit picThomas Norman Tipping, 81, passed away on Saturday, January 4, 2014.

Tom was born to the late William Edward Tipping, Sr., and Florence Virginia Brayton Tipping on September 8, 1932, in Virginia, Minnesota. After graduating from Joplin Senior High in 1950, he received his Bachelor of Arts and Science degree from the University of Tulsa in 1954.

Tom married Mary Patricia Vaughan in June of 1953. They lived in Tulsa, Oklahoma for 50 years before retiring to Edmond 10 years ago.

Creative throughout his life, there were few moments when Tom was not designing something, either on the computer, with paint, behind the camera or in his garden. His career began as Art Director with KTUL-TV, Channel 8, in Tulsa. An accomplished graphic artist, he worked until the time of his death under the company of Tipping Graphics. Throughout his life Tom painted acrylics, pastels and oils receiving numerous awards for his artwork. When he wasn’t creating, Tom was tending his extensive rose gardens, playing cards or board games with his family or enjoying time with his canine companions, Boi, Koko and Tuxedo.

Tom is survived by his wife, Patricia, and his three children, Denise Marie Tipping, Byron Scot Tipping and wife Sharon, and Lisa Tipping Davis, as well as his four precious granddaughters, Taylor Eirene Tipping, Mary Melissa Davis, Rebekah Suzanne Davis and Madison Alexandra Tipping. The youngest of 8, Tom is survived by two brothers, Bill and Rick Tipping, many nephews and nieces, and his two brothers-in-law, Edward and Michael Vaughan.

Our family sincerely thanks the kind caregivers at the Ambulatory Care Unit of OU Hospital in Edmond, Dr. George Selby and Dr. Suben Naidu and the many others who loved and cared for Tom during his 5 year battle with leukemia.

The funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 7, 2014, at the chapel of First Christian Church. 201 E. 2nd St., Edmond, Oklahoma. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to the Stephenson Cancer Center at the University of Oklahoma.

5 thoughts on “Thomas Norman Tipping”

  1. Janet Tipping

    Dear Aunt Pat, and cousins Denise, Byron, and Lisa,

    We are deeply saddened by your loss. Uncle Tom was such a “young” uncle; willing to play Bingo, Bingo and more Bingo – or check out the fishing action on the dock at past family reunions. He was a good man.


    Janet Tipping, Ben Hu, and kids; John, Price, and Ciara

  2. Jack Tipping

    Uncle Tom was a great artist, designed the reverse of the Oklahoma quarter, had a great sense of humor and was a stand-up guy, among his many accomplishments. He always seemed so youthful, energetic and full of fun, it is hard to believe that he is gone. He and Pat were always fun to be around. We will miss him.

  3. Amy (Bull) Nerland

    Dear Aunt Pat,

    I was so very sorry to hear about Uncle Tom. My grandma (Giney) thought so much of him and spoke of the both of you often. I know they are together now, probably harassing and teasing each other as they used to do.

    Tom was obviously so talented, and I always enjoyed seeing his artwork when I would come visit. A very kind and fun man. He will be missed.

    Amy (Bull) Nerland
    Seattle, WA

  4. Dear Pat and family

    I’m deeply sad by your loss. Tom was a great man . He was so much fun to be around.
    David the boys and I. Thought a lot of him. We had so much fun with him at the family reunions and When we visited you at your home.
    He was a great artist and a wonderful person. I love the pictures that he give us. I will keep that forever.
    Tom will be missed.
    Ana Bull
    Virginia Beach, VA.

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