Horace L. Tipton, age 77, passed away Friday morning, 12/30/11, at his home on the Tipton family farm in the Pleasant Vale community. Born October 30, 1934 in Flag Pond, Tennessee, he was the youngest child of Pink and Leota Rice Tipton. The family moved to their farm in 1945 where they have remained raising dairy, beef, tobacco, and row crops. Mr. Tipton also owned and operated a sawmill, logged timber and was a blacksmith and farrier. His scant leisure time was devoted to raising, training, and riding horses — mainly draft and gaited horse breeds.
Mr. Tipton leaves behind his devoted wife of almost fifty years, Patricia (Patsy) Parsons Tipton; five children and seven grand children, including daughters: Lori Tipton of Johnson City; Cindy Tipton (Raj) Bhavsar of Franklin, Tennessee and their children Indira and Reed; and Kristi Tipton of Auburn, Alabama. His sons are: Charles Tipton (Laura Barnum) of Mount Carmel, Tennessee and their children Jacob, Linda, Marie, and Ethan; and Donald Crawford (Christine) of Greeneville and his son Shannon of Glendale, California. Also surviving are his sister Mary Lee Carter and brother Dale (Yvonne) Tipton, also of Pleasant Vale, along with many beloved nieces, nephews and cousins.
His eleven deceased sisters and brothers are Pearl (Ray) Grindstaff, Nora (J.R.) McClain, Anne (Gus) Phillips, and Kate Tipton; Winston, Don, Chester, Vance, Blaine, Lawrence and Ralph Tipton.
Visitation will be at Doughty-Stevens Funeral Home in Greeneville, Tennessee on Thursday from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM.
The funeral service will be held at Doughty-Stevens chapel following the visitation at 8:00 PM with Reverend Reese Harris presiding. Music will be provided by Paul Fox and Mike Durham. Mr. Tipton will be laid to rest in the church cemetery following a graveside service on Friday at 11:00 AM at the Pleasant Vale Cumberland Presbyterian church.
Pallbearers will be his nephews Stanley, Sammy, David, Richard, and Roger Tipton, Jeff Grindstaff, Mike Dotson and Matthew Marion.