Kay Lippse

Hamilton County

Kay Fleming Lippse died suddenly Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, four days following extensive surgery.Kay leaves a legacy of love, joy, and a childlike faith. Her beautiful smile blessed everyone who knew her, even to the end of her life as she won the hearts of the hospital staff that tended to her.Kay was born in Jenkins, Ky., the daughter of Oren and Letha Fleming who preceded her in death. She is survived by Charles Lippse, to whom she was married for 52 years; and her three daughters, Angela Jill Watson and her husband, Bo Watson, Vanessa Gwen Guthrie and her husband, Sam Guthrie, Hilda Sullivan and her husband, Julian Sullivan; as well as five grandchildren Grey Watson, Wells Guthrie, and Ella Marie, Sam and Charlsey Sullivan; in addition to her sister Angela Jackson; and brother Craig Fleming.Kay met Charles when he was appointed pastor of Pound United Methodist Church in Pound, Va., and she served by his side in churches throughout Virginia and Tennessee until they concluded their itinerant ministry at First Broad Street United Methodist Church, Kingsport. For 20 years, Kay enjoyed teaching high school in Tennessees Hamilton and Washington counties.Kay graduated from Pound High School, Bluefield College and The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Kay lived life to the fullest and was a member of the United Mineworkers Union and was named a member of the West Virginia Amateur All-Star Basketball Team in 1956.A service celebrating her life will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, at First Broad Street, Kingsport.Kay was fortunate to make multiple trips to the Holy Land and had a special interest in providing opportunities for clergy to do the same.People wanting to make a contribution to that cause can donate in her name to Holston Conference Foundation at P.O. Box 900, Alcoa, TN 37701, or for the same purpose, the Society of Biblical Studies at 661 Mass. Ave. Suite 40, Arlington, MA 02476.Online condolences may be sent to www.grissomfh.net.Arrangements by Grissom Funeral Home.

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