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SGM (Ret.) Jimmie Lipps

Sergeant Major (Ret.) Jimmie Lipps, 91, passed away Tuesday, March 11, at his residence.

Born February 26, 1917 in Martins Creek, Kentucky, he was the son of William and Ninnie Thompson Lipps. SGM Lipps was a career soldier beginning with his induction into the US Army during World War Two. He continued his service in the Medical Corps through the Korean War and Vietnam War, serving over 28 years of active service and rising to the highest enlisted rank of Sergeant Major. Among his decorations were the Army of Occupation Medal w/Japan Clasp, Korean Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal; 6 Good Conduct Medals, Purple Heart, Bronze Star Medal and the Army Commendation Medal.

SGM Lipps will be missed by his wife, the former Vernis Delph, who he married on February 26, 1946; 1 daughter, Pamela Helton, Fountain City; 1 son and daughter-in-law, Heyward and Meryl Lipps, Perth, Australia; 3 grandchildren, James Helton and his wife, Liz, Sarah Bell and her husband, Jason, and Matthew Helton; 2 great-granddaughters, Cheyenne Helton and Shalie Bell; 1 brother, Riley Lipps, London, Kentucky; and several nieces and nephews.

SGM Lipps was preceded in death by his parents; 2 sisters, Amanda Smith and Ethel Smith; 3 brothers, Lloyd, George and Cleston Lipps.

A funeral ceremony will be conducted by Rev. Johnny Shepherd at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 20, at the Smith & McQuiston Funeral Home, 321 US 27 South, Fountain City. Interment will follow in Willow Grove Cemetery, with full military rites conducted by the US Army Ceremonial Detachment, Fort Knox, Kentucky.

Family and friends may gather for visitation from 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 19, at the funeral home.

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Very belated condolences. Sorry to hear about your dad's passing.  Just happened to come across his obit while trying to locate you on the internet.  Hope all is well and rest in peace SMG Lipps.

Rick Choquette Mar 30 2018 12:00 AM

I have a lot of memories of Sgt. Major Lipps. He always welcomed me to his house as Hayward's brother and treated me like a son when I needed it most. I have his smile and voice firmly in my mind.

Love to you all,


Paul Smolen May 18 2008 12:00 AM

Heyward & Meryl:

I am saddened beyond words by this news. Your Dad was one of the finest men I have had the privilege to know and his service to his country is a debt that can never be repaid. I also considered him to be a dear friend and greatly cherish our many talks over the years. My heart (and prayers) goes out to you both and your Mom (please convey my deepest condolences to her) and family. I know how much your Dad will be missed by all.

Sgt Major, I stand and salute you. Rest in well-deserved peace in the arms of the Lord, old soldier, old friend.

Please keep me posted on the arrangements.

With His love,


Mike Mar 19 2008 12:00 AM

Dear Heyward,

My heart also goes out to you. I remember your family well, and send along my prayers. I pray it will help to comfort the hearts. My entire family is gone now, and I remember those feelings. Love, Patti

Patti Mar 19 2008 12:00 AM

Pam - Thank you for writing. I am so sorry to hear of your (and our) loss. He was a very special man. When I think of our time together in Lacey, I see his smiling face and wonderful laugh. I'll be in touch soon.
With Love to all of you.

Phyllis Mar 19 2008 12:00 AM

A true soldier has passed.

We were in the 34th Infantry Regiment in Sasebo, Japan in 1949 and 1950. On 2 July 1950, we were deployed to South Korea, with 1,981 men. Sixty days later, there were only 184 of us remaining in Korea, the remainder having become casualties.

SGT Lipps was a true soldier in Japan, and when we arrived in Korea, he was equally a true soldier in combat with a frontline infantry unit.

SGT Jimmie was wounded in action on 20 July 1950 during the battle of Taejon. I visited him in Pusan on 21 July 1950 while he was still aboard a hospital train. He had suffered a head wound, in addition to other wounds.

Over 900 American GI's became casualties during the "unnecessary" Taejon battle on 20 July 1950.

SGT Jimmie and I had planned to meet in Richmond, Indiana but I developed lung cancer, and was unable to meet with him. SGT Jimmie, please forgive me.

I will now speak with SGT Dewey Gould, and others that served with us in 1949 and 1950. Rest in peace, SGT Jimmie.

Lacy Clayton Barnett

Lacy Clayton Barnett Mar 16 2008 12:00 AM