James Harry Tipton passed away peacefully at his Walland, Tennessee home on Tuesday, November 2, 2021 at the age of 75. Harry, as he was known by friends and family, was born on January 9, 1946 in Townsend, TN. He dedicated his career to the airline industry, where he retired from Delta Air Lines after 36 years of service in cargo, freight, and customer service roles., following retirement he worked with National Safe Skies Alliance. Despite an outwardly quiet and reserved disposition, Harry was known for his charming and witty speech and expressions, which often left those around him in stitches. An avid angler, he enjoyed taking his children fishing and annual fishing trips with his friends. Harry had a passion for music and enjoyed playing guitar and singing for his friends and family. Few things brought him more joy than spending time with his adoring children and grandchildren as well as his church family at Church of the Cove. Harry is preceded in death by: father, Guy; mother, Mary Lou. He is survived by: wife of 20 years, Debbie (Matthews) Tipton; sons, Chris, Greg, Nathaniel, and Matthew (Cristina); daughter, Ashley Cooper (Stephen); brother, Kenneth (Rosie); sister, Marian (Smitty); grandchildren, Beth Casoria, Dylan, Suzannah, Katie, Evan, and Cody Tipton, Kayla Nuchols, Sierra Nuchols, Joshua Nuchols; along with several great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews. A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, November 14, 2021 at Church of the Cove, 642 Wears Valley Road, Townsend at 2:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be to: Church of the Cove Vision Fund, 642 Wears Valley Road, Townsend, TN 37882. Our words may be forgotten but the impressions we leave on others often persist; Harry will always be remembered for his warm smiles, hugs, and handshakes that uplifted those around him. Smith Funeral & Cremation Service, Maryville, 865-983-1000, www.SmithFuneralandCremation.com.
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