Gerald Lamar “Bud” Hipps
Caldwell and Cowan Funeral Home
Mr. Gerald Lamar “Bud” Hipps, 86, of Mansfield passed away Aug. 21. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle. He loved his family and will be greatly missed. He loved fish- ing with his grandson, working in his garage and spending time with his family. He was also devoted to serving his country. At the age of 16, after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Mr. Hipps joined the Marines and fought with the 28th Marines, 5th Marine Division. He stood guard while the flag was raised on Mt. Suribachi, Iwo Jima. Mr. Hipps was wounded in action on the first day he ‘hit the beach’ and after receiving medical treatment, he insisted on rejoining his division. He was decorated with a Purple Heart and numerous other military commendations for his service. He was preceded in death by his mother Ollie Mae Hipps, his father and step-mother Bartow and Olla Belle Hipps and sister Margaret Hipps.
Survivors include his loving wife of 66 years Beverly “June” Hipps, sons and daughters-in-law Gary and Diane Hipps, Terry and Vickie Hipps, all of Mansfield, Mike and Diana Hipps of Social Circle; sister Mary Edwards of Islamorada, Fla.; as well as numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, step-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Funeral services for Mr. Hipps will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 25, at Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home with Dr. Randy Reese officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. today, Aug. 24. Flowers are accepted or memorial donations may be made to New Rocky Creek Baptist Church Building Fund, 190 Rocky Creek Road, Mansfield, GA 30055.