Virgil Everett Hipes, 91, Mountain Home, Ark., went to be with the Lord Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, at daughter Sharon’s home in Kokomo. He was born Oct. 23, 1922, in Marion to Virgil Everett and Lola (Peterman) Hipes. He resided in Mountain Home for nearly 50 years until his health declined last year and he moved to Indiana to be cared for by his daughters, Lola and Sharon.
He graduated from high school in Marion. Virgil served in the Army from 1943 to 1945. He had worked as a government welder for many years. He worked on the Bull Shoals Dam and many atomic plants throughout the United States. He later owned Ulcer Gulch Relics Antique Shop, where he burnished copper and brass lamps, beds, tea kettles and other antiques. He enjoyed rewiring old lamps and electrifying various treasures. He and his wife, Mary, refinished wood furniture together. He taught his son-in-law, Darrell, the burnishing trade. They traveled together delivering dealer’s treasures and were best friends. He was a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge in Gainsville, Mo., having received his recognition certificate in September.
Survivors include daughters, Sharon (Darrell) Stiner and Lola Hipes Bowley, both of Kokomo; stepdaughter-in-law, Lavena Murray, Bull Shoals; special friend, Loretta Penton, Mountain Home;14 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Mary (Murray) Hipes; sister, Cecile Deines; daughter, Sandra Allen; and stepson, Ronnie D. Murray.
A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Kirby & Family Funeral Home Chapel, Mountain Home. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Kirby’s Tucker Memorial Cemetery, Mountain Home, Ark. Arrangements are by Kirby & Family Funeral and Cremation Services.
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