Robert Eugene Tipton Jr., 22
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Robert Eugene Tipton, Jr., 22, beloved son of Lafayette resident, Dr. Robert E. Tipton, Sr., died of natural causes on March 26 while attending High Point University in High Point, NC. He was born on February 10, 1990, in Memphis, TN, attended Presbyterian Day School and Memphis University School in Memphis, and then graduated from the Carlbrook School in Halifax, Virginia. Robert was a natural runner and accomplished track athlete. During his high school years in Memphis, TN, Robert won the Shelby County League's Dan Griffin Outstanding Award in 2005. That same year he broke the MUS middle school two-mile cross-country record, and, the following year, as a runner on the MUS Varsity Cross-Country team, he tied the high school one-mile track record and was the only freshman on the MUS Varsity Cross Country team who placed runner-up at the TN state meet. Robert loved the outdoors, and especially enjoyed duck hunting and skeet shooting. His varied interests included concerts and music and shared his father's love of sports cars. Robert's sensitive heart endeared him to all and he was a joy to his parents and his sister and all who knew him. In addition to his father, Robert is survived by his mother, Deborah Tipton; sister Mary Elisabeth Tipton who attends Vanderbilt U; uncles Douglas Tipton, Jr. (Yvonne), of Wilmington, DE, George Dunklin, Jr. (Livia), of Humphrey, AR; and cousins Franklin Tipton (Libby), of San Francisco, CA, Bryan Tipton (Twiggy), of Boston, MA; and Megan, Hillary, and Lauren Dunklin of Stuttgart, AR. He was preceded in death by paternal grandparents, Douglas and Fannie Lou Tipton and beloved maternal grandparents, George and Mary Elisabeth Black Dunklin. A memorial service was held on Saturday, March 31, 2012, in Memphis, TN with burial following on Monday, April 2, 2012, in Pine Bluff, AR. It is requested that Memorial donations may be made in Robert Tipton, Jr.'s name to: Carlbrook School, P.O. Box 755, Halifax , VA 24558.
Published in the Journal & Courier on Apr. 7, 2012