Fred Hipp, Sr., 79, of Crossett, passed away on February 28, 2018, at his home.
He was born in West Point, Arkansas on September 24, 1938 and was the son of the late Benjamin “Bud” Hipp and Maggie Mae Swain Hipp.
Mr. Hipp was a Baptist and one of 11 children. He graduated from Fountain Hill High School in 1956 before serving four years in the United States Air Force. He retired from Georgia Pacific after 36 years employment. He was the Chief Shop Steward of Local 369, coached soccer, baseball, and softball for many years, and was a Democrat who loved to discuss politics.
He enjoyed collecting tools, reading, studying about geography, traveling, and fishing. He was a family man who built a bunkhouse specifically for “friends and family gatherings.” He often spoke often to his children about the importance of learning a trade and the value of a good education.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Herbie Hipp; two brothers, J.W. Hipp and Herbert Hipp; and four sisters, Doris Ballard, Madeline Fricke, Marilyn Sides, and Helen Denson.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Pamela J. Hipp of Crossett; three sons, Harlan Hipp and wife, Luz, of Crossett, Howard Hipp of Pine Bluff, and Freddy Hipp and wife, Jeanne, also of Crossett; four brothers, Ben “Bo” Hipp and wife, Marilyn, of Queen City, Texas, Joe Hipp and wife, Lucille, of Reklaw, Texas, Pat Hipp and wife, Annette, of Jonesville, Louisiana, and Billy Hipp and wife, Elaine, of Queen City, Texas; six grandchildren, Jennifer Hipp, Aileen Hernandez, Aliyah Hipp, Jeremy Hipp, Justin Hipp, and Jaydon Hipp; and one great-grandchild, Eli Reyna; along with a host of nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held on Friday, March 2 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Medders Funeral Home, located at 1564 Hwy 52 W, in Crossett.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 3 at 10 a.m. the funeral home with Bro. Keith Rose and Pat Hipp officiating. Interment will be at Pinewood Memorial Park.
Pallbearers will be Mike Harris, Frankie Carter, Sam Perez, Hank Brason, Marty Hipp, and Mike Matthews. Honorary pallbearers will be Hank Via, Dewayne Beard, James Land, Lexie Courson, and J.D. White.
The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to Dr. Garcia and his staff, ACMC’s doctors, nurses, and home health department, and a special caregiver, Pauline Wheeler.
The family will gather at the Bunkhouse, 2526 Ashley Road 12 W, in Crossett.