Lt. Col. (Ret.) Perry D. Tripp, Jr.
Lt. Col. (Ret.) Perry D. Tripp, Jr., of 7 Sutherland Hill Drive, died Sunday, May 11, 2014. He was the husband of Joan Bridges Tripp.
Born in Greenville, he was the son of the late Perry D. Tripp, Sr. and Annie Belle McWhite Tripp. He received a direct commission in the Corps. of Engineers, US Army from Clemson A&M College in 1952 along with a BS in Civil Engineering. During his military service he was awarded for Meritorious Achievement, the Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Army Commendation Medal in addition to the service medals of Korea and Vietnam. He was a member in the Society of American Military Engineers.
After retirement from the Army, he became the Chief Engineer of Gower Mfg. He was a member of the Piedmont Chapter, National Society of Professional Engineers and South Carolina Society of Engineers.
Lt. Col. Tripp joined the Greenville Hospital System, as the first director of Engineers service and plant operations, supporting the Memorial Medical Center with phase II, III and IV expansion. While at the hospital center, he was affiliated with the Association of Energy Engineers as a charter member and was certified as an Energy Manager; The American Institute of Plant Engineers, who certified him as a Plant Engineer. The American Society of Hospitals Engineering's, who commended him for the energy saved of the Memorial Medical Center. He retired from GHS in October, 1991.
He was an Eagle Scout and affiliated with the National Eagle Scout Association.
Lt. Col. Tripp was a member of Taylors First Baptist Church and a former deacon. He has been a Sunday School teacher at different locations and was the Sunday School Superintendent for the military chapel programs at Verdun, France and Ft. Ritchie, MD.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, are a daughter, Catherine Ann Tripp Stapleton and husband, Ken, of Roebuck, SC; a son, Philip D. Tripp and wife, Sara, of York, SC; five grandchildren; two great grandchildren; sister-in-law, Louise Tripp; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a son, Perry D. "Dave" Tripp, III; and brothers, William "Bill" O. Tripp and Charles B. Tripp.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, May 14, 2014 from 12:00 p.m. until 1:45 p.m. at Taylors First Baptist Church with the funeral service following at 2:00 p.m. Interment will be held in Woodlawn Memorial Park with full military honors.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Taylors First Baptist Church, Lottie Moon Foreign Missions offering, 200 W. Main Street, Taylors, SC 29687 or the
, 701 Grove Road, ISC, 3rd Floor, Greenville, SC 29605.
Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.thomasmcafee.com.
Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, Downtown.
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Published in The Greenville News on May 13, 2014