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Francis Hipps

April 23, 1927 - April 21, 2017

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Francis Sidney Hipps

Mr. Francis Sidney Hipps (“Framp”) died on April 21, 2017 at the Lake City VA Medical Center just shy of his “90th” birthday of April 23, 1927.

A memorial service in celebration of his life will be held at 2:00 pm Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at Central Baptist Church Sanctuary with Rev. Ben Smith, Sr. officiating. The family will receive visitors before the memorial at 1:00 PM at the church.

Framp was born in Hazlehurst, Georgia on April 23, 1927, and was the son of the late Robert Thomas Hipps and Cora Hannah Hipps. He lived in Waycross, Georgia most of his life.

He graduated from Waycross High School in 1944 and then went on to proudly serve his country as a sergeant in the United States Marine Corps from 1945 to 1949. Following his military service he attended South Georgia College, Wofford College, and graduated from the University of Georgia with a Degree in Business. He came back to Waycross and worked with his dad in the timber business until his dad retired. He had part ownership in Ware Forest, Inc. and then he started his own timber company known as “Hipps Timber Company”. After retiring from the timber business, he obtained his Real Estate License and worked as an agent at Hansford Realty and Auction Company beginning in 1983 to 2000.

He was a long time member of Central Baptist Church. He was also a member of The Exchange Club of Waycross for over 40 Years and a member of the Marine Corps League – Attachment #1333.

He served as Ware County Commissioner beginning in 1964. He served on the Ware County Recreation Board in planning the Trembling Earth Recreation Complex.

Framp was known for his ability to make you laugh and smile, his friendliness and passion for sports, his Christian heart and compassion, and his out pouring love to his family.

Francis was preceded in death by 7 siblings: Harry B. Hipps, Pearl H. Harrison, Luther Hipps, Buena H. Harrison, Lois H. Roberson, R.T. Hipps, Jr., and Farris Hipps.

He is survived by Dorothy Hipps; children: Tami H. Highsmith (Wes) of Waycross, GA; Tori H. Butler (Charles) of Waycross, GA. His twin brother Claude Hipps of Melbourne, FL. 3 grandchildren: Jacob Highsmith, Victoria Highsmith, and Torin Butler of Waycross, GA. His step grandchildren: Casey Crews and Shelby Porter of Waycross, GA. Also 5 step great grandchildren. His nephew: Clyde Roberson, Jr. of Waycross, Ga. He also had numerous other nieces and nephews.

Donations can be made to:

The Lake City VA Medical Center, 619 South Marion Avenue, Lake City, Florida 32025 (Memo Line: Hospice Unit in Memory of Francis S. Hipps)