Darrell Hipp died August 26, 2014
Darrell Hipp, age 77, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, August 26, 2014. Beloved husband of Charlotte (Bradley) for 33 years; loving father of John (Katherine) and Joseph (Beth); grandfather to Jennah, Elena, Liam, Samantha, and Max; and newly arrived granddaughter, Mackenzie. Darrell was the son of James and Florence Hipp, born in Kennett, Missouri, March 16, 1937; he was the youngest of a large family of brothers and sisters. His brother, Nix Hipp, lives in Springfield, Missouri, and his cherished sister, Bobbie Burkett resides in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He is also survived by wonderful nieces, nephews, cousins, and other friends.
Being raised hunting and fishing in the Black and Current River bottoms, Darrell was an avid outdoorsman known for lunker catches from the lakes and rivers of Arkansas. Darrell was a veteran of the US Air Force and in the 1950’s served in France. He was the first in his family to graduate college with a Masters of Science in Agriculture from Arkansas State University. He was always proud that his sons followed suit with their educations as well.
Darrell was an accomplished gardener and won awards including Cleburne County Gardener of the Year. He often gave vegetables, fish, and venison to folks who could benefit from his good blessings. His tomatoes were especially a local favorite amongst friends. He was a founding member of the Heber Springs Bass Masters and won a number of area fishing tournaments including the 1st Annual Water Festival.
Darrell enjoyed a career working with the US Army Corps of Engineers with assignments as Chief Ranger at Greers Ferry Lake and later as Lake Manager at Lake Greeson where he retired. Darrell was a proponent of conservation and was instrumental in a number of efforts ranging from lakeshore cleanups, planting trees, and making the area’s rivers and lakes a safe and clean environment to be enjoyed by generations of Arkansans.
We will miss Darrell’s dry sense of wit and his storied past. He could spin up a “windy,” and you would never know if it were fiction … until he cracked a smile and then a laugh letting you know that he was delighted in your intense focus on his story and for sharing a moment with him.
A graveside ceremony was conducted Saturday, August 30th, at the South Cross Roads Cemetery, Hopewell, Arkansas.
Darrell valued education and in lieu of flowers would ask that his friends donate to the Cleburne County Library.
Arrangements are by: Olmstead Funeral Home