He was the son of the late Nancy Barnett Tipton and Joe Tipton. His beloved wife of 49 years, Christine Tipton; brothers, Frank, Landon, Jess, Verge, Bill, Charlie Tipton; and his sisters: Jean Mcinturff, Bertha Tipton and Larna Tipton also preceded him in death.
He was a World War II Veteran serving in the U.S. Army and received a Purple Heart because he was wounded at Pearl Harbor while serving his country.
Upon returning from the War, he went to work for Tennessee Eastman Kodak in Kingsport, where he retired after many years of service.
He was an active member of the Clark Street Baptist Church in Johnson City where he served as a deacon for 60 years and held several other positions in the church. Mr. Tipton was faithful to and loved his church.
Survivors include his son, B.J. Tipton and his wife, Linda, of Cleveland; grandson, Michael Tipton and his wife, Stacy, of Soddy Daisy; granddaughter, Angela Campbell and her husband, Kirk, of Chatsworth, Ga.; great-grandchildren: Gabe Campbell, Addie Campbell and Grace Tipton, who brought a smile to his face and joy to his soul; brother, Sam Tipton and his wife, Hyacinth Tipton; sister, Naomi Workman; his sisters-in-law: Bonnie Leach, Gladys Whittimore, Addie Whittimore; and several nieces and nephews.
The Remembrance of Life service will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, from the Clark Street Baptist Church in Johnson City with the Rev. Jimmy Cambron and the Rev. Mike Anglin officiating.
The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Clark Street Baptist Church.
A graveside service and Interment will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. from the Monte Vista Cemetery in Johnson City with deacons of the Clark Street Baptist Church serving as pallbearers.
The Tetrick Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Johnson City is in charge of the arrangements in Johnson City.
The Wildwood Chapel of the Jim Rush Funeral Homes has charge of the Cleveland arrangements.
The memorial book may be viewed and signed at www.jimrushfuneralhomes.com.