Walter “Jim” Tipton, age 63, of Old Fort, NC passed away peacefully Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at his home, surrounded by his loving family.
Jim was born April 22, 1957 in Michigan to the late Ray and Gwen Tipton. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He was an avid Michigan sports fan. He was an amazing baseball player, he played baseball most of his life and was part of his family softball team “The Tipton’s”. Jim was a private person and enjoyed being at home surrounded by his dogs. He was thought highly of by his nieces and nephews and admired by his friends and family. He will forever be missed by those who knew and loved him.
In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by his sister, Beverly Ann Tonna and his nephew, Todd.
Those left behind to cherish Jim’s memory are his beloved wife of 19 years, Denise Richardson Tipton; five children, Walter Ray “Jimmy” Tipton of TN, Jamie Lynn Thomas (Tyler) of TN, Gwendolyn Yvonne “Wendy” Tipton of Old Fort, NC, Robert Frank Tipton of FL and Julia Renee Wooley of FL; four step-children, Daniel Phillip Hobson (Jenni) of England, Nathan Mitchell Hobson of England, Reiss Benjamin Hobson of England and Chelsea Riana Hobson of Old Fort, NC; seven grandchildren, Destiny, Serenity, Harmony, Will, Neyland, Drake and Alexander; four siblings, Gloria McGaffey of MI, George “Bud” Tipton (Diane) of Canton, NC, Yvonne “Bonnie” Walker (Glen) of MI and Laurie Bonka (Keith) of MI; one brother-in-law, Henry Tonna of MI; and a host of nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 2:00 pm until 3:00 pm on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at Westmoreland Funeral Home in Old Fort, NC. A memorial service to celebrate Jim’s life will follow the service at 3:00 pm at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a donation in Walter’s memory are asked to consider American Cancer Society, PO Box 42040, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.
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