June 14, 1945 ~ January 20, 2019

Born in: Buncombe County,
Resided in: Fletcher, North Carolina

James “Mike” Tipton, 73, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on January 20, 2019. Mike is survived by his wife of 52 years, Joanne; daughter Jamie Calloway (Terrell); son Scott Tipton (Kim); two grandsons, Jacob Calloway (Bekah) and Madison Tipton; one brother, Tommy Tipton (Judy) as well as many nieces and nephews. Mike was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie and Delano Tipton; two sisters, Cordie Snuffer and Patsy Roberts and three brothers, Charles Tipton, William Tipton and Douglas Tipton. Mike loved his wife, children and grandsons more than anything in this world, followed only by his love of farming and travel. After 30 years at UPS, he retired and was able to drive his beloved motor home across most of the United States, Canada and Alaska. He thoroughly enjoyed travel, but also being at home to drive his tractor, harvest his hay and tend to his cattle. A very special thank you to Dr. Tom Rennard for over 20 years of care, compassion and understanding. Also, a special thank you to Four Seasons Hospice, whose support allowed his family to care for him at home until the end. A Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 PM on Thursday, January 24, 2019 in the Chapel of Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian and will be officiated by Pastor Steve Taylor. His family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday for one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow the service at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in Fairview. Serving as pallbearers will be Paul Young, Mark Harris, Jacob Calloway, Madison Tipton, Matthew Sexton, Jack Sexton and Herbert Miller. In lieu of flowers, the family graciously asks that memorial donations be made in Mike’s name to Four Seasons Compassion For Life Hospice, 581 S. Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731.

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  1. We are so sorry to hear of Mike’s death. Will surely miss seeing him drive around the circle. He was a good man who worked hard to overcome his disabilities. I will never forget him laughing at me when lowering a bucket over the bridge railing to get water to flush the toilet during one of our lengthy power outages.

  2. Everything I know about hay, baling, tractors and cattle, I was coaxed by Mike. He was generous to share his knowledge with that twinkle in his eye and smile. So sorry for your loss.

  3. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. I worked with Mike for 30 years at UPS. He was a good man to work with and was always helpful to me. He will be missed by all.

  4. Joanne, Charles texted me to tell me of Mikey’s passing. You are in my prayers. I have fond memories of Mike from the time when Charles and I were married, and you both were always very kind to me and embraced me into the family. Peace to you during this time. Anne May Barker

  5. Joanne and family……Dean just learned today of Mike’s passing. We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Prayers for peace and comfort to all who loved him.

  6. Joanne, Jamie, Scott and family

    Just learned of the passing of Mike. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers. May God give you perfect peace at this time.

  7. Joanne and family, please know that our prayers for comfort and understanding at this time is with you all. Mike was a wonderful friend and neighbor and will always be fondly remembered as ‘bush hog Mike Tipton’? in which our son Dustin would always yell when he saw him.
    Love and hugs,
    Dale and Robin Reese And family


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