Herman Tipton December 10, 1924 – July 13, 2017

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Herman Tipton was born December 10th, 1924 in the Panhandle town of O’Donnell, Texas to sharecroppers Lucille and Fred Tipton. The family moved around, eventually settling in Milford, Texas where Herman went to high school. It was there that he met Betty Few and realized over a stick of Dentine gum that he’d found the love of his life. They married on Christmas Eve 1943 in the front parlor of the pastor’s home.

In 1945 Herman was called to the army, and stationed as a medic in occupied Japan until his discharge from the service in November of 1946. Following the war, they resettled in Dallas where Herman took courses in mechanics. Using those skills he taught for a short while at the local trade school before getting a job at Fishburn’s Cleaners to work in their garage. Herman spent the next 39 years working his way up from mechanic to delivery driver and eventually to the credit manager for the largest cleaning company in Dallas.

Herman and Betty were devout Southern Baptists, and they both lived their lives as a testament to that faith. Over the years they were members at several churches, including Overhill Baptist and Hillcrest Baptist, and were even a hands on part of building Colonial Hills Baptist Church from the foundation up. Herman was always active in his church, serving as a deacon, teaching Sunday School, creating a visitation outreach program, serving on the Board of Deacons and as the Chairman of the Deacons periodically throughout his life. Herman was a man of integrity and honesty, living his faith in every action and word, and was often sought out for advice or a friendly ear by members of the congregation and family alike.

Following retirement, Herman and Betty were able to build their dream home on 10 acres in Ovilla, Texas, where he enjoyed the life of the gentleman farmer. Cows, ponies, chickens and guinea fowl, goats, dogs, cats, and even a turkey or two found their way to the Tipton farm over the years as friends and family often sought him out to rescue some animal or another. Herman welcomed them all.

Following an illness and brain injury Herman moved into Grace Presbyterian Village, where he was joined by his dear wife Betty. While there they celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary and Herman’s 90th birthday. Betty Tipton passed away in July of 2015 and after two years of decline, Herman has gone home to be with her once again. 

Herman Tipton was a devoted husband, a loving father, and a doting grandfather. He is survived by his two sons, Ken Tipton and his husband Richard Leger and Glynn Tipton and his wife Carolyn, and his grandchildren Erin Tipton and Elisa Tipton. We ask that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Tom Tickner Spiritual Care Fund at the Presbyterian Communities and Services donation page here: https://www.prescs.org/give-now/

Visitation with the family will be from 4-6 p.m. on Sunday, July 16, at Jaynes Memorial Chapel.

A graveside service will be held at the Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery, Lane 3, at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, July 17.

A memorial service will be held Monday, July 17, at 2:30 p.m. at Grace Presbyterian Village, 550 E. Ann Arbor Avenue, Dallas, Texas.