Published 2:56 pm Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Mr. Oliver Tripp, 76, died Sunday morning December 27, 2015, at the Baptist Medical Center in Jackson. Services for Mr. Tripp were held on Saturday January 2, 2015, at the South Pleasant Hill Church with Rev. LeeDell Tripp, Jr. officiating. Interment was in the South Pleasant Hill Cemetery, with Laird Mortuary in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Tripp was the son of the late Andrew Tripp and the late Mattie Gross Tripp of Madison County. At an early age he joined the Ridley Hill M. B. Church, where he remained a member well into adulthood. Mr. Tripp married the former Dorothy Martin of Prentiss in 1976.
Mr. Tripp was a long time truck driver for KLLM, GF A Trucking, and Prassel Lumber Company. In addition to truck driving, Mr. Tripp was a handyman that was known affectionately as the “The Toolman” and as “The Hammer Man” by the kids in the area. Mr. Tripp loved working on lawnmowers and other small equipment, and was known as the guy that was always willing to lend a helping hand. Mr. Tripp was very fun of fishing, cooking gumbo, and welcoming friends and family to his home.
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Mr. Tripp’s survivors include his wife of 39 years, Dorothy M. Tripp; five children, Oliver (Tarri) Tripp, Jr., Valerie (Willie) Fulgham, Michael (Stephanie) Martin, Kendrick (Nekee) Tripp and Jennifer (Ross) Gordan; sister Delphine Crockett; brother-in-law, Earl (Wilhemina) Martin; sisters-in-law Carolyn Martin, and Betty (Andrew) Banks; eleven grandchildren; three great grandchildren; a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.