Rev. Barney Tipton, age 76, of Vonore, went home to be with his Lord at 1:28 p.m. on Friday, July 24, 2020, at Blount Memorial Hospital.

He was a minister of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ for many years. He was formerly the pastor and was a proud member of Howard’s Chapel Missionary Baptist Church and former pastor of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by: a grandson, Brently Tipton; his parents, Virgle Sr. and Ethel Gentry Tipton; two infant sisters; his sister, Sue Kirkland; and a brother, Joe Tipton.

Survivors include: his wife of nearly 60 years, Mildred King Tipton;

Daughters and sons-in-law, Cindy and Tony Millsaps, and Ann and Brad Mullins;

Sons and daughters-in-law, Wayne and Carla Tipton, Roger and LaGonda Tipton, all of Vonore;

Grandchildren, Josh and Rebecca, Ike, Amanda and Billy, Trish and Brandon, Stacy, Miranda and Aaron, Daniel and Jennifer, Bryan, and Sheena (George) and Sam;

Great-grandchildren, Joslyn, Jasper, Riley, Remington, Alana, Wyett, Zalen, Kail, Kayleigh, AJ, Paizlea, Brently, and Ryder;

Sister, Mary Lou;

Brothers, Virgle Tipton Jr., of Vonore, and Harvey Tipton, of Maryville;

Several nieces and nephews.

A drive-in style graveside service and interment was held at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 28, 2020, at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Rev. Dennis Atkins officiated.

Due to COVID-19, the family requested anyone wishing to do so to park along the mountain road to Mt. Pleasant as the family procession passed and then to follow the procession to the cemetery. Everyone was asked to remain in their vehicles at the cemetery. The family also remained in their vehicles.

The service was broadcast live via an a.m. transmitter.

If you were unable to attend the service, please sign the online guestbook at

Arrangements by Biereley-Hale Funeral Home in Madisonville.

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