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Ruby Shehan Tipton

Ruby Shehan Tipton, age 89, of Gray, went home to be with Jesus on Thursday, December 29, 2016, at Life Care Center of Gray. A native of Erwin, TN, she was the daughter of the late Melvin and Molly Hill Shehan. Ruby was a retired CNA at Unicoi County Memorial Hospital. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Taft Tipton; her sons, Phillip, Sam and Sonny Tipton; her daughter Marie Erwin Huskins; three infant children; her grandson, Chris Erwin; several brothers and sisters.                     .


Ruby Tipton has left behind to cherish her memories:

Daughters: Charlotte (Charlee) Dwyer and husband Don, of Gray;

Terri Sams and husband Tom, of Erwin;

Grandchildren: Patrick Dwyer and wife Stephanie, of Gray;

Kelly Dwyer Dunlap and husband Danny, of Knoxville;

Nick Erwin, of Erwin;

Mark Tipton and wife Annita, or Oregon;

Very Special Grandson: Cody Sams, of Erwin;

Six Great-Grandchildren;

Two Great-Great-Grandsons;

Sisters: Hazel Lance, of Erwin;

Joann Shehan, of Erwin;

Brothers: Mac Shehan;

Mel Shehan;

Wayne Shehan;

Several Nieces and Nephews.


At Mrs. Tipton’s request, a private service was held at Evergreen Cemetery, Erwin, TN,


The family wishes to extend a special thanks to Life Care Center of Gray for the love and care Ruby received.

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