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Berry Funeral Home

3704 Chapman Highway, Knoxville, TN

OBITUARY

John Wallace Nipper

September 16, 1924September 30, 2019
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John Wallace Nipper, age 95, of South Knoxville, passed away peacefully at his home on September 30, 2019. John was a 1942 graduate of Young High School and attended the University of Tennessee prior to his military service. He served from 1942 to 1944 as a 2nd Lieutenant with the 371st Fighter Group and flew the P47D Thunderbolt in the European Theatre. He was an active member of Mount Olive Baptist Church and was a member of the King's Sunday School Class. John was owner and operator of Kitchen Planning, Inc. for twenty-six years. Preceded in death by wife of 66 years, Bonnie Johnson Nipper; son Brent Nipper; parents John N. Nipper and Carrie Hurst Davis Nipper; sister Joanna Cates. He is survived by his children Maree (Ed) Smith, Mark (Gloria) Nipper, and William Nipper; 10 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and brother Thomas W. Nipper; several nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends 5:30-7:00 pm, Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at Mount Olive Baptist Church, 2500 Maryville Pike, Knoxville, TN 37920 with a Celebration of Life Service to follow at 7:00 pm. Family and friends will meet at Woodlawn Cemetery at 10:00 am, Wednesday, October 2, 2019 for a graveside service. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Mount Olive Baptist Church. Arrangements by Berry Funeral Home, 3704 Chapman Highway, Knoxville, TN 37920 www.berryfuneralhome.com.

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, October 1, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Service Tuesday, October 1, 2019
  • Graveside Service Wednesday, October 2, 2019

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Clark Hill

October 7, 2019

I'm so grateful for the opportunity to have met the Nippers many years ago, grateful for a conversation I had with John in 2016, and for the treasured jar of honey. He was an inspiration.

Kenneth Osborne

October 2, 2019

Prayers going up for the family

David and Martha Evans

October 2, 2019

Thoughts and prayers for the family

Linda Wilson

October 1, 2019

I just heard about Mr. John’s passing today. I’m sorry for your loss, but so grateful he’s together again with the love of his life. I’ve never seen or known a man with so much adoration for his wife. He loved her so much, they loved each other as much. I could listen to his stories any time. I’m so grateful to have known them both, through Hutton & Frankie. I bet those sweet men are on a heavenly golf course having a wonderful reunion. Praying for you all.

David & Sharon Gerkin

October 1, 2019

David and I are out of town but wanted to express our sympathy in the death of Mr. Nipper. He will always have a special place in our hearts and memories, as well as the entire Nipper family, from our wonderful times together at Mount Olive Baptist Church. We sincerely love all of you and send the deepest condolences.

David and Sharon Gerkin

Anne Jackson

October 1, 2019

What a man! What a family! Godspeed John Nipper!!!❤️❤️❤️

Kathy Waldrop

September 30, 2019

My sincerest sympathy to John’s family. I am so sorry for your loss. He will definitely be missed, I know as a SCAN Volunteer we loved visiting with John on Monday’s. I can tell you that I enjoyed all of his stories. What an incredible legacy he has left. I feel very blessed to have known John.
Kathy Waldrop
KCSO SCAN Volunteer

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