OBITUARY

Franklin Ray Tipton

February 5, 1942February 12, 2021
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Mr. Franklin Ray Tipton, age 79 of Jonesboro, GA, entered into eternal rest on Friday, February 12, 2021.

Franklin was born to the late Hoyt and Rachel Tipton on February 5, 1942 in Walland, Tennessee. As a high school graduate, he enlisted in the military and became a member of the 82nd Airborne Infantry Division of the United States Army. Franklin was a member of the American Legion Post 258 in Jonesboro, Georgia and also served as a past master of Rex Masonic Lodge 251. In his spare time, he enjoyed spending time at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6330 as well. Franklin never met a stranger and always had a story or a joke to tell. He was loved by many and will be missed by all who knew him.

In addition to his parents, Hoyt and Rachel Tipton, Franklin was preceded in death by his wife, Mrs. Carolyn Paulette Tipton and one son, Timothy Ray Tipton. He leaves to cherish his memory one daughter, Rachelle Cowart of Jonesboro, GA; a special friend, Teresa Jones of Ellenwood, GA; four siblings, Len Tipton (Brenda), Edie Brown (Dick), Lori Crook (Richard), and Brenda Horton; six grandchildren, Tabatha Denson, Ashley Bell (David), Kenny Cowart, Amanda Crawley (James), Andrew Tipton, and Amber Wright (Robert); nine great-grandchildren, many cousins, extended relatives, and friends.

Family and friends are invited to gather for visitation on Thursday, February 18, 2021 from 4:00 – 7:00PM at Horis A. Ward Funeral Home – Fairview Chapel | 376 Fairview Road Stockbridge, GA 30281. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 1:00PM at The VFW Post 6330 | 732 Veterans Parkway Jonesboro, GA 30238. In lieu of flowers, donations are welcome to American Legion Post 258 and VFW Post 6330.

Services

  • Visitation - 10 Person Rotation Intervals (Masks Required)

    Thursday, February 18, 2021

  • Celebration of Life

    Saturday, February 20, 2021

Memories

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TOMMY UPTON

February 19, 2021

RAY WAS A COUSIN AS WELL AS A BROTHER.HE WAS A MAN OF INTEGRITY AND HONOR. HE WAS A TRAVELIN MAN WHO WAS ALWAYS HEADED TO THE LIGHT. YOU WILL BE MISSED. WELL DONE BROTHER WELL DONE

Todd McIlwaine

February 19, 2021

Sorry for your lost. Ray always had a smile on his face and was a good friend. Rest in Peace my friend.

Marlene and Gary Oliver

February 18, 2021

RACHELLE, WERE SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. YOUR DAD WAS A KIND MAN. PRAYERS FOR YOU. YOU HAD A GOOD DADDY!!

Candy Williams

February 18, 2021

The Tipton’s always made me feel a part of the family. We lived 3 doors down. I spent a huge part of my childhood in their home.
Ray thank you for always being a great father figure. You will be celebrated and missed.

Patricia Watson

February 18, 2021

Teresa, just hearing the sad news sadden my heart. Please know my prayers goes out to you and his family. Blessings and Prayers! Much love!

Shelia Brookins

February 16, 2021

He was such a nice man, he would always tell me a joke before leaving the VFW.

Ken & Gale Crock

February 16, 2021

Rachelle we are so sorry for your loss
We have precious memories of being neighbors in Jonesboro
Treasure your memories , you had a great dad
Love and prayers

DONNA GREGORY

February 16, 2021

I met Ray at a Tipton Family Association of America meeting several years ago. He was funny, bright, and could tell a good tale. He was proud of his heritage, and loved to share the stories of him growing up in Walland, TN. God bless you Teresa and family.

Jackie Dodd

February 16, 2021

Ray was a true friend and a delight to talk with. You will be missed

Jay Chastain

February 15, 2021

Ray you earned your first wings after graduating from the US Army Airborne school , now you have the final wings. I will miss our “War Story’s” about our beloved 82nd Airborne Division. I will miss you Ole Paratrooper but I know your final jump will be into a heavenly Drop Zone !

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