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Orville Tipton

Orville Tipton, age 100, 501 Old Highway Road, Erwin, passed away on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at his residence. Mr. Tipton was a native of Burnsville, NC but had lived most of his life in Unicoi County. He is a son of the late Fate and Bessie Hunter Tipton. Orville was a carpenter and retired from Liberty Lumber, Inc of Erwin, TN. He was a member of Faith Baptist Church. In addition to his parents, Mr. Tipton is preceded in death by wife, Ethel Hensley Tipton; sisters, Margie Higgins, Cara Tipton; sons, Wilbur Tipton, David Tipton; and by six grandchildren.

Orville leaves behind:
Daughters: Mrs. Carter (Betty) Stockton
Geneva Silvers
Mrs. Larry (Jessica) Grassi
Mrs. Benny (Delores-Weaver) Peterson
Mrs. Carmon (Judy) Fox
33 Grandchildren
54 Great-Grandchildren
21 Great Great-Grandchildren

The life of Orville Tipton will be remembered and honored in a funeral service in the chapel of Valley Funeral Home at 8:00PM on Friday, May 24, 2013 with Reverend Harold Lewis officiating. Musical selections will be provided by Jamie Tipton. A visitation period to share memories and support the family will be held from 6:00PM until 8:00PM on Friday, May 24, 2013. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, May 25, 2013 at 10:00AM at Evergreen Cemetery. Those wishing to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at Valley Funeral Home on Saturday by 9:30AM to go in procession to the cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Jason Lane, Tony Tipton, David Tipton II, Dustin Silvers, Jack Tipton, and Frankie Weaver III. Honorary pallbearers will be Carter Stockton, Terry Stockton, Chris Stockton, Kip Griffith, Ed Winegart, Bob Silvers, Jerrod Phillips, Lynn Adkins, Josh Jones, Carmon Fox, Namon Fox, Ronnie Grassi, Larry Grassi, Michael Grassi, Ken Bachmann, Andy Lane, Benny Peterson, Michael Peterson II, Allen Johnson, Richard Fox, Tom Hammersla, Aaron Peterson, and Jamie Tipton.

Condolences and memories may be shared with the family and viewed at These arrangements are made especially for the family and friends of Orville Tipton through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.