Charles Kibby
Charles Kibby, 54, or Kibby as he was known by his friends, passed away on December 13, 2020 after a month-long battle with COVID. A man as big in heart as he was in stature (and at 6'6" that's saying something!), Kibby left behind a legacy in every place he ever went-- from his early days as a teenage rink rat in Evansville, IN, to his recent years as a youth soccer coach in Asheboro, NC.

A lover of art, some of his best and most long-lasting friendships came through his volunteer work at comic and tattoo conventions. He was always looking to make people smile, and every time he came home from a convention he had more stories, more friends, and (to the eternal exasperation of his wife) more art to adorn his body or the walls of his man cave.

More even than his appreciation of art and supernatural ability to make friends, though, Kibby was an aggressively supportive husband and father. Even on his bad days in the hospital, he somehow found the energy to brag about his kids to the nurses, and he was more proud of raising them than anything else he ever did. He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Tawnia, and their three children, Sarah (24), Regan (23), and Elena (12). He is also survived by his mother, Sally Tunnicliff, and three sisters, Julie Hobart, Jennifer Van Riet, and Sheree Ervin.

Kibby will be honored in a virtual ceremony on December 20, 2020. In lieu of flowers, please help keep his legacy of love and advocacy alive by donating to Magic Wheelchair or the Hero Initiative, and supporting your own local artists and small businesses.
Published by Post and Courier - Greenville on Dec. 18, 2020.
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My deepest sympathy is with the Entire "" Kibby"" Community..all of his long time friends..his Comicon family..His Rink Rat family..and the most importantly his Home Life Family. His wonderful wife and his Amazing children. When he spoke of them you could HEAR the smile on his face and love in his heart. Go with God my dear friend
Cynthia Ludden
December 22, 2020
If you ever wondered if , superheroes really exist wonder no more. They do, I know because One lived in my neighborhood and passed by my driveway every day. He didn´t speed by in a supercar or fly by in an invisible jet. He puttered by in an ancient Honda Pilot disguised as `The Dude´ in shorts a tee shirt, sun glasses and super sized pair of sneakers. His super powers however were very real. He had the ability to make everyone he met smile, laugh, and just feel better. You know, better like maybe this planet actually has a chance with people like him who actually care about others. `Kibby´ left this planet a better place than it was before he got here. I am really gonna miss you bro.
Craig Turner
December 20, 2020
Nothing but love for you my carrot topped, tall, and larger than life friend. Rest well buddy.
Kevin Kane
December 20, 2020
I'm so very sorry he will be missed we talked and played words with friends everyday for quite a while and spoke to him on his hospital bed known him since grade school. I'm sure going to miss him. Please accept these vitural flowers
Carrie Yates
December 19, 2020
Many prayers for each of you. Kibby is burned into my highschool memories. He was a great guy who was friends with everyone.
Colleen (McConnell) Hurst
December 19, 2020
I´ll miss you big man!! Kibby always talked so lovingly of his kids and his wife and I always laughed whenever he called to see how my family was doing. He was such a supportive man either with family or friends and always had an encouraging word to say when you were feeling down. I´ll miss you. Praying for your family.
Tammy Partee
December 19, 2020
I´ll never forget your kindness. You´re a true gem, Kibby
Sara Richard
December 19, 2020
To a great friend and a amazing person one of kind. You will be missed your smile your jokes and your generosity God speed.
Roberto Jimenez
December 19, 2020
A great man and a friend to everyone he met. We should all strive to be Kibby!! We´ll miss you at the cons brother. God speed to one of the few guys that I looked up to, figuratively and physically
Sammie Caseell
December 19, 2020
I´m glad I was able to call you my friend Kibby. I remember us meeting for lunch many times in Greensboro. And laughing and talking about the crazy things we have seen during our travels. Talking about our family´s and the smile that would come on your face when I asked about the kids. I think the last time we ate lunch you paid. Well save me a place at the table brother the next one is on me. Rest easy my friend.
Jesse Mule
December 19, 2020
I remember Kibby of course his height but he was always so full of life and laughing. I lost my Dad when I was 12. He had a brain tumor so I know how it feels to lose a loved one at such a young age. Time does heal your heart just know you have hope that you will see him again.
Melissa Eberhard Sozio
December 19, 2020
Godspeed Kibby. I'm going to truly miss seeing you at shows, your humor, wit and the big bearhugs and massage You always were very caring with every one you met. I'll never forget you were one of the first people to ever get a sketch from my son when he was 6 and I'll never forget how he felt seeing someone want one of his pieces. Oh Kibby, we're going to miss you terribly. God bless to your family. Sincerest and heartfelt condolences from me, Marie and Robbie to all your friends, and family.
Michael, Marie and Robert Lilly
December 18, 2020
You were always fun to work with at the skating rink and was always such a fun and nice guy and always helping others out... I´ll miss ya buddy!
Jeff Bailey
December 18, 2020
You were a great friend and I´m going to miss having you hanging around the booth and bugging us for more Venom merchandise! Hug Stan for all of us!!
Mercy Suarez
December 18, 2020
Kibby... your Jedi Spirit will be with all of us in Artist Alley. We thank you for every smile, hug, and encouraging pat on the head. Even if we didn't always deserve it. You are loved.
Matt Slay
December 18, 2020
Always a great day when I would see Kibby at a show, or around town. He always made you feel like you were the most important thing to him if he was talking with you. I'll miss him a bunch.
John "Waki" Wycough
December 18, 2020
My prayers and condolences to Charles' family . He was a wonderful friend and always knew how to make me smile . Rest my dear friend , I'll miss you dearly . Till we meet again !
Sherry Smith
December 18, 2020
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