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Reba Tipton

February 7, 1928 - January 26, 2018

Service Date January 30, 2018

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Reba “Ruth” Tipton, age 89, passed away on Friday, January 26, 2018 at Concordia Nursing and Rehabilitation — Fairpark. Ruth was born on February 7, 1928 in Elkmont, TN, to Luther and Emma Huskey and was a middle child of 13 children. Ruth was a lifelong devoted Christian who was always looking for ways to help others. She was known for her Christlike manner, generosity, patience, compassion, work ethic, and kindness. She was an active lifelong member of Broadway Baptist Church where she enjoyed working with the youth and singing in the choir. Always wanting to serve people, Ruth found her calling as a nurse at Blount Memorial Hospital and Asbury. Ruth had a 69 year romance with her loving late husband Ray Tipton. When Ruth wasn’t out serving her community, she and Ray could be found working closely together at their family business, Tipton’s Garage. Ruth was a loving mother of Fred and Robert Tipton, attentive grandmother of Sam Tipton, Heather Ford, and Austin Tipton; and a caring great-grandmother to Jada Tipton and Hallie Ford. Ruth is survived by her sisters Beulah Huskey, Ina Tipton, Merle Williamson, Shirley Couch, and Lois Hatfield, and brother John “Jay” Huskey. Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, parents, sisters, Velma Hood, Nelly Locke, Vita Patty, Blanche Rucks, and brothers, Sherrd, Eugene and Burl Huskey. Receiving of Friends will be held 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Monday January 29, 2017 at Memorial Funeral Home 1102 Big Springs Road Maryville, TN 37801 with the funeral service to be held at 7:00 P.M. The family and friends will meet at Prospect Cemetery at 2:00 P.M. Tuesday January 30, 2018 for Graveside services.