World War II Veteran J.T. Tippy honored in Lake City
J.T. Tippy was the honored guest at the Lake City Courthouse on Wednesday, Feb. 3, as friends and family gathered to wish him a happy 95th birthday.
The World War II Veteran has lived in Lake City for 27 years and has been an example of good citizenship and friendship to those around him.
Mr. Tippy turned 95 on Jan. 19, 2016. His friends surprised him with a birthday celebration. He smiled as he said he must have been the only one in Lake City who did not know about the party.
He greeted friends and family from 2-4 p.m. at the drop-in reception.
Lake City Mayor Jon Milligan presented him with a framed City of Lake City Proclamation.
An excerpt from the proclamation read by Mayor Milligan:
*Whereas, it has been said that this wonderful age, he is not just a random survivor, but an individual who embodies positive attitudes and values with a heart full of grace; a soul generated by love; and
*Whereas, when you look back over his life, how wonderful and rich his experiences must be, as he has touched so many lives and what a fascinating story he has to tell.
*Therefore, I, Jon Milligan, call upon each citizen to pay special tribute to J.T. Tippy. May the threads of our lives continue to be woven together across the generations.
A letter was read from Circuit Judge Tommy Fowler in Mr. Tippy's honor.
Lesia Couch, Eastern District Deputy Clerk, presented Mr. Tippy with a birthday gift from the girls who work in the courthouse.
Vermaline Smith, Craighead County Veteran's Service Officer, presented a framed certificate to Mr. Tippy honoring him for his military service.
"He is a dedicated man to his country and his community," Smith said. "He is always bringing cakes he has baked to the office or making homemade preserves to share. I have worked with him since 2008 and it has been a joy."
Mr. Tippy served in the Army from Sept. 22, 1944, to June 30, 1946. The oldest five Tippy brothers served in the military at the same time. They included Henry, Lloyd, J.T., L.B., and LeRoy. They had four younger brothers and one sister. They were raised in the area.
Three siblings are still living, J.T. (95); Alice (93); and LeRoy (91).
LeRoy and his wife from Wilson were able to join in the celebration. Also, present was Mr. Tippy's son, Paul. Among others on hand to wish him well were Craighead County Judge Ed Hill, Monette Mayor Jerry "Chub" Qualls, Larry Rolland, Post Commander of Monette American Legion; and many other friends, neighbors, and veterans.
Representatives from Lakeside Nursing Center presented him with a certificate of appreciation for giving his time and dedication to the residents at the nursing center.
Mr. Tippy came daily during the time his wife was a resident at Lakeside. After she passed away, he continued to come and serve coffee and was one of the dedicated volunteers.
Lakeside Administrator Lauren Cherry expressed, on behalf of the Lakeside staff and residents, their appreciation to him for all he does and wished him a very happy birthday.
"I'll be back, when the weather gets better," Mr. Tippy said. "I love you all."
Mr. Tippy expressed his appreciation to the girls at the courthouse, the staff at Lakeside, and his many friends in Lake City.
"I am a happy man," he said.
Mr. Tippy served in the artillery gunner during his years in service. His last six months in the service he worked as a cook/kitchen. He was stationed at Ft. Sill, Okla.
He was married to Mae Evelyn Tippy for almost 62 years. They are the parents of three sons and two daughters. Paul lives in Little Rock; Karen Parish lives in Blytheville; Darlene Edwards lives in Virginia; and Phillip lives in Cherokee Village. Charles Dean is deceased.
He has 11 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.
Mr. Tippy was a construction worker for many years before his retirement.