Billy K. Tipton of Stuttgart went to his heavenly home on February 8, 2019. Billy was born June 21, 1931 in Ryan, Arkansas to Dallas Henry and Minnie Vee Tipton and grew up in the small town of Biscoe, Arkansas. Billy left home to join the military and served his country during the Korean Conflict. Upon returning home, Billy worked at Safeway grocery store where he was reacquainted with the young woman who turned out to be the love of his life, Sally Bell Jackson. Billy and Sally drove to Jackson, Mississippi to be married and begin their life together. He retired from the United States Department of Agriculture as a grain inspector. After retirement, he went on to work for Riceland Foods and Monsanto.
Billy and Sally planted their roots in Stuttgart. They had three children; Larry, three years later, Melinda, and five years after that, Stephanie. Their family settled into the community, being especially active in their church where Billy was the Sunday School Superintendent and deacon. Billy always enjoyed hunting whether it was for deer, turkey, or ‘coons. He even had a champion coon dog, The Arkansas State King, Blue Bill. He also loved to garden and tinker in his shop. He loved to talk and never met a stranger. He could make a lasting connection with everyone he encountered, usually by throwing them off by throwing his voice. He loved God, his wife Sally, his family, and his many, many friends.
Billy was preceded in death by his parents, Dallas and Minnie Tipton, his brother, Bobby Tipton, and an infant sister, Opal. He is survived by his sweetheart Sally Bell Jackson Tipton, son Larry (Beth) Tipton, daughter Melinda Miller, daughter Stephanie (Steve) Lewis. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Justin (Kim) Tipton, Jodi (James) Minton, Kayla Miller, Callie Longnecker, and Kody Miller. Billy has four great-grandchildren, Savannah Minton, Peyton Tipton, Addison Minton, and Tipton Currie. He is also survived by his sister, Mickey (Bruce) Wagner, sister-in-law, Charlotte Tipton and several nieces and nephews. There are numerous close friends that are viewed as family, especially his other babies the Lammers kids, Carter Ward, Cady Brooke Meek, and Jack Holladay.
The family would like to say a special thank you to Baptist Health Hospital in Stuttgart, Arkansas Baptist Hospice, and Dr. Chris Morgan for the excellent care they provided for Billy and the family. In his memory, donations can be made to First Assembly of God, 912 N College, Stuttgart, AR 72160.
Services are Sunday, February 10, 2019. Visitation will begin at 11:00 a.m. followed by the funeral service at 1:00 p.m. at First Assembly of God in Stuttgart with Pastor Jason McKelvey officiating. Interment will follow at Lone Tree Cemetery.