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WAKE FOREST — T. Joseph Tipper Jr., 78, of Wake Forest, passed away on Sunday, June 15 from a massive stroke.
He was born in Clarksburg, West Virginia on July 3, 1940, a son of the late Telford Joseph Tipper and Loretta Costilow Tipper. Joe is survived by his wife of eight and a half years, Julia “Judy” Kacinec Gulas, whom he married Dec. 11, 2010.
Also surviving are three daughters, Selina Owens of Texas, Sherry Raber of New Martinsville, West Virginia, Jodi Lea Tipper of Creedmoor, and one son Telford Joseph Tipper III of Creedmoor; four grandchildren: Courtney Raber, Mikal Raber, Brittany Predimore and Wendy LaGuardia; as well as five great-grandchildren. Joe is also survived by his oldest sister Nancy Tipper Hufford and her husband Jim of Clearwater Florida as well as several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Joe was preceded in death by his wife of 42 years, Mettie Frances Ash, his sister Sondra Tipper Philippart, and her husband Thomas, and his son-in-law, Charles Raber.
Joe was a graduate of Victory High School, class of 1958, and attended West Virginia University. He served in the U.S. Air Force as a flight mechanic and served most of his time at Seymore Johnson Air Base in Goldsboro. After his honorable discharge from the Air Force, and trying his hand at a few things, Joe eventually landed at the U.S. Postal Service. He worked his way up from a mail carrier to postmaster. His last assignment with the postal system was postmaster of Sistersville, West Virginia.
During his time in West Virginia, Joe served on the town council in Pine Grove, West Virginia and enjoyed his passion for woodworking. Joe was most proud that he built a log house with the assistance of his son.
Joe and his wife joined two of his children in North Carolina in 1996. He was employed by Electric Cities of Raleigh for the next 21 years. Joe was well-loved and respected by all of his colleagues at work and also in the community. He was a very kind, gentle man, with a positive attitude and an incredible sense of humor. He enjoyed watching cooking shows and PBS, while hanging out with his beloved dogs Lilly and Sawyer.
A time of visitation was held from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, June 18 at Bright Funeral Home, 405 S. Main St., Wake Forest. A funeral mass was held at St. Catherine of Sienna Church at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 19 that Father Jim McGee officiated.
Family requests that memorial contributions be made to Transitions LifeCare, 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607 or Saving Grace Animal Shelter, PO Box 1649, Wake Forest, NC 27588.