Mr. Andrew Jolly Tipton, 87, of Elizabethton passed away Monday, February 28, 2011 at his residence.
A native of Ellejoy, TN he was the son of the late Dewey Eli and Mary Elizabeth Rogers Tipton. Mr. Tipton retired from the Tennessee Valley Authority as an electrician after twenty-eight years of service. He was a member and former deacon of First Baptist Church Elizabethton. Mr. Tipton was a 32nd Degree Mason of Dashiell Masonic Lodge #238 F&AM and a member of the Scottish Rite 32 degree Knight Commander of the Court of Honor, Knoxville. He was a U.S. Marine veteran having served in Iwo Jima during World War II. He was a member of the first group to land in Japan and was present when the U.S. flag was raised on Mount Suribachi, Iwo Jima.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Jolly Bradford Tipton in 1978.
Survivors include his wife, Leunah Tipton, of the home; a daughter, Viki Tipton Campbell and husband Wade, Elizabethton; five grandchildren, Stephani Shouse and husband David, Staci Peters and husband, Jason, Kristi Zimmerman and husband Matt, all of Elizabethton, Keri Perry and husband Jon, Hinesville, GA and Timothy Tipton, Elizabethton; seven great-grandchildren, Tiffani Shouse, Dalton Shouse, Gavin Peters, Cody Zimmerman, Eli Zimmerman, Nicholas Perry and Aaron Tipton; two brothers, Gene Tipton, Clinton, TN and Frank Tipton, Knoxville, TN; a step-brother, Bill DeLozier, Seymour, TN; a sister-in-law, Mary Ruth Ownby and husband Gordon; a special cousin, Bill Tolliver and caregiver, Debra Bridgeman. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
Funeral service for Mr. Andrew Jolly Tipton will be conducted at 7:00 P.M. Wednesday, March 2, 2011 in the Sunset Chapel of Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home with Dr. Jim Royston and Rev. Brent Seals officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 5:00-7:00 P.M. on Wednesday prior to the funeral service or at the residence at other times.
Graveside service and interment will be conducted at 11:00 A.M. Thursday, March 3, 2011 in Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be selected from family and friends. Military honors will be accorded by the American Legion Post #49. Everyone will meet at the funeral home at 10:30 A.M. on Thursday to go in procession to the cemetery.
Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers, may make donations to the charity of their choice.
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Arrangements for the Tipton family have been entrusted to Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home.