June 18, 1943 ~ April 26, 2022
Born in: Newport News, VA
Resided in: Asheville, NC
Rankin Bowers “Bud” Hipp passed away at the John F. Keever Solace Center on April 26, 2022.
Bud was born in Newport News, VA, on June 18, 1943. At an early age he and his parents moved back to Swannanoa, NC, where his mother had grownup. Bud graduated from Lee H. Edwards High School (Asheville High School) in 1961 where he was a 4-sport letterman, including an All-American football player who was chosen to play in the Shrine Bowl. He attended Furman University, Campbell University, and University of North Carolina School of Banking.
He began his banking/financial career at the Bank of Asheville in 1968 where he retired after 30 years. He helped create Regional Acceptance Corporation and Carolina Finance Company. He was a member of the Rhododendron Civitan Club and for over 25 years he worked with the Blue-White All-Star Basketball game for outstanding high school seniors. Bud was a life-long Presbyterian and a member of Oak Forest Presbyterian Church where he was an Elder and Clerk of the Session.
Bud was the beloved only son of the late Holly William “Chick” Hipp and Helen Patton Hipp, of Swannanoa, NC. He is survived by his wife, Kay McCall Hipp, of the home; daughter, Kitty Hipp McCurry (Kenny), of Asheville; and son, Bill Hipp (Shannon), of Mt. Pleasant, SC. He is also survived by his beloved grandchildren, Ashley Nicole McCurry, Taylor Scott McCurry (Kylie), Henry McCall Hipp, and Jack Owens Hipp, and his adored great-grandchildren, Karson Bowers Reagan, Lucy Grace McCurry and Iyla Kay McCurry.
His graveside service will be held at Oak Forest Presbyterian Church Cemetery, 880 Sand Hill Rd, Asheville, NC, 28806 on April 30, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. The service will be officiated by Reverend Caitlin Johnson. The family will receive friends at the home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Oak Forest Presbyterian Church.
The family would like to thank the nurses and staff members of Mission Hospital and especially the John F. Keever Solace Center for taking care of our “Big Daddy.”
Groce Funeral Home on Patton Ave. is assisting the family.
Graveside Service: April 30, 2022 11:00 am
Oak Forest Presbyterian Church Cemetery
880 Sand Hill Road
Asheville, NC 28806