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Claude Marion Hipps

1927 - 2017
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Claude Marion Hipps

Born April 23, 1927 in Hazlehurst, Georgia, passed away on May 20, 2017 in West Melbourne, FL. Claude was the youngest twin son of the late Robert Thomas Hipps and Cora Hannah Hipps. He had eight siblings. His youth was spent in Waycross, Ga. where he excelled in sports. He attended the University of Georgia for a year on a football scholarship until his love of country led him to join the Marines, serving from 1945 to 1949. While in the service he played on the Atlantic Fleet All Star teams and was chosen MVP in the China Bowl. Following the service, Claude returned to the Univ. of Ga and completed his business degree. He played for the Bulldogs from 1949-51 serving as captain and earning all SEC honors in 1951. It was at UGA he fell in love with the loveliest, sweetest girl he'd ever met. In 1950 he and Elizabeth (Bette) Eaves were married- a union that remains unbreakable after 67 years. Claude went on to play for the Pittsburg Steelers from 1951-52. Claude ended his football career with honors his children are proud of: his own football cards, Univ. of Ga Centennial football team, All Opponent Team selected by Georgia Tech, and Ware County Sports Hall of Fame, to name a few. Claude began his business career as a route salesman for Frito Lay making friends in every convenience/ grocery store in the Southeast. Ultimately, he rose to head   national vending sales. Claude possessed a quiet strength and playful spirit that drew others to him: once a friend, always a friend for life. He was a teller of imaginative tales, a devoted and selfless father, and a godly man whose life reflected the power of actions over words. He is deeply missed by his most treasured wife, Bette Hipps; 3 children:Claudia  Marra, Joan Sorensen (Scott) and Chris Hipps (Sandra); 4 grandchildren who think he hung the moon:  Elizabeth (Ben), Chris, Hutton (Ian), and Christopher, Jr.  and 3 great-grandchildren. A private service will be held.

"It is well; it is well with my soul."

Thank you, Dad, for the gift of reassurance
Published in FLORIDA TODAY on May 28, 2017
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