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Loy David Tipton, age 69, 108 Robbins Ave., Erwin, died Monday, Nov. 12, 2012, at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was a lifelong resident of Unicoi County, a son of the late Jeff and L.M. Proffitt Tipton.
Mr. Tipton was retired after 15 years of service from the Unicoi County school system and attended Pathway Free Will Baptist Church.
Survivors include his loving and devoted wife of 22 years: Bennie Jean Whitson Tipton; one son: Caroll Keith Tipton and wife, Teresa Ann, Gray; one daughter: Annette Owens and husband, Mike, Blountville; mother of Loy’s children: Marie N. Nave, Blountville; two grandchildren: Matthew Tipton and Jessica Owens; three brothers: Everett Tipton and wife, Glenna, Howard Tipton, Herman Tipton and wife, Freda; six sisters: Bertha Edwards, Mary Lois Waldrop and husband, Richard, all of Unicoi County, Phyllis Carver and husband, Howard, Mars Hill, N.C., Alice Shelton and husband, Donald, Sharon English and husband, Ronald, Reva Briggs and husband Larry, Unicoi County; two sisters-in-law: Lois Brummett and husband, Fred, Madeline Barnett and husband, Iss, all of Unicoi County; best friend: Ken Rice, Erwin, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral service was held at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 14, in the Robert Ledford Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Craig Shelton officiated. Special music was provided by Roger Roberts and Inez Chandler.
Active pallbearers were Ronald English, Donald Shelton, Larry Briggs, Howard Carver, Richard Waldrop, and Ken Rice. Honorary pallbearers were Doug Wheeler and Keith Simmons.
The committal service was at 1 p.m., Thursday, in Roselawn Memorial Park.
Online condolences, photos and memories may be shared with the Tipton family through a complimentary, interactive Book of Memories at
Robert Ledford Funeral Home and Chapel was in charge.