Earl G. Tipton, Sr., 85, of Orange, passed away at his home surrounded by his family Saturday, March 19. 

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m., Tuesday March 22, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Officiating will be the Rev. David Turner of Little Cypress Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Orange Forest Lawn Cemetery in West Orange.

Visitation will be prior to the service beginning at 12:00-3:00 p.m., Tuesday at the funeral home.

Born Oct. 2, 1930, he was the son of Elmus Mayne “Pete” and Helen (Hall) Tipton. He served honorably in the United States Navy during the Korean War and later, he became a production manager for A. Schulman in Orange. He was a member of Little Cypress Baptist Church and Little Cypress Lions Club. 

Mr. Tipton was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Evelyn White Tipton; son, Steven Earl Tipton; grandson, Kobe Reece Tipton; brothers, Alvin Tipton and Robert Tipton and sisters, Edna Mae Randall, Ruthie Duhnee and Margie Baker. 

He is survived by his wife, Josie W. Tipton of Orange; daughter and son-in-law, Deborah and Gary Lassere of Lafayette, LA; sons and daughters-in-law, Jimmie and Elaine Tipton of Orangefield, Earl “Bubba” and Laura Tipton, Jr. of Orange and Steve and Amy Wilkinson of Corpus Christi; daughter, Anita Lyn Dunn of College Station and son, Barry Wilkinson of Spring. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Serving as pallbearers will be LT Michael Wilkinson, Jimmie Tipton, Bubba Tipton, Steve Wilkinson, Barry Wilkinson, Gary Lassere, Sr., Gary Lassere, Jr., Brent Lassere and Brandon Tipton.