Elaine Parker Tipton, 60, of Dermott, passed away Thursday, January 14, 2016, in Little Rock.
Upon graduation from Montrose Academy, Mrs. Tipton attended Arkansas Tech University where she lettered in three sports and pursued a degree in education and coaching. Following graduation she returned to south Arkansas to coach women’s basketball, softball, tennis, and teach at Bellaire Academy. She also taught at Montrose Academy where she also coached basketball and track. She taught at Dermott Schools where she also coached women’s basketball and softball briefly. She then moved to Drew Central Schools in Monticello where she has spent the past 15 years teaching special education. She loved spending time outdoors with her family hunting and fishing, attending her children’s, nieces’, and nephews’ sporting events, and recently spending time with her grandchildren.
Mrs. Tipton was born July 12, 1955 in Dermott and was the daughter of Geraldine Parker and the late James Morris Parker. She was a member of Dermott Baptist Church.
She is survived by her mother, Geraldine Parker; her husband, David Tipton; a son, Park Tipton and wife Maegan of Monticello; a daughter, Becca Greenwood and husband Jonathan of Possum Valley community; a sister, Suzanne Lilley of Greenbrier; and two grandchildren, Jonathan Brooks Greenwood and Lyla Tipton; numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, January 17 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Griffin-Culpepper Funeral Service in McGehee. Funeral service will be held on Monday, January 18 at 11 a.m. at Dermott Baptist Church. Burial will be at Dermott Cemetery in Dermott.
Memorials may be made to the Elaine Tipton Memorial Scholarship Fund at Drew Central Schools, 250 University Drive, Monticello, AR 71655 or Commercial Bank, 212 W. Gaines, Monticello, AR 71655 c/o Elaine Tipton Memorial Scholarship. Memorials may also be made to Dermott Baptist Church 401 S. Main Street, Dermott, AR 71638.