Beverly Cooper Tippens, 74 of Cayce, South Carolina, passed away Wednesday, August 4, 2021. She was born on July 12, 1947, to the late Foster and Margaret (Harris) Cooper.
Beverly graduated with honors from Hart County High School in 1965 and then attended the Georgia Baptist School of Nursing. After graduation, Beverly became a Registered Nurse and worked in many medical arenas including the emergency room, medical/surgical floors, and as an administrator, but her favorite position was working in home health care. She later earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Occupations Education from the University of Georgia and a Master’s Degree in Education from Valdosta State University, both with honors. Her career focus then turned to education where she taught Health Occupations to middle school, high school, and college students. Beverly retired from the Middle Georgia Technical College in Macon, Georgia.
Beverly enjoyed her retirement by quilting, sewing, fishing, gardening, cooking, canning, and baking. She was a Master Gardener and was working on her National Flower Show Judgeship. She was Past President of Edenwood Garden Club and of the Garden Club Council of Greater Columbia. She won multiple awards for her flower designs and was a state winner in photography. She was a member of Broadacres Baptist Church. In her earlier years, she enjoyed singing in the choir and playing the piano and organ at Bio Baptist Church and Cedar Creek Baptist Church. Beverly had a brilliant mind both academically and creatively and she was passionate about helping others, teaching, and learning even in her final days.
Beverly married John Clifton Tippens II in 1969. They were married for 32 years before John passed away in 2001. Beverly is survived by three children; Dawn (Chris) Jordan of Cayce, SC; Andi Tippens of Gainesville, GA; and Cliff (Abby) Tippens of Blairsville, GA; six grandchildren Zachary, Elijah, Katie, John (IV), Carter, and Samuel; her brother Al (Connie) Cooper of Vidette, GA. In addition to her husband John, she was predeceased by her brother Joe and sister Cathy.
A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, August 14, at 11 am at Broadacres Baptist Church in Cayce, SC. The Rev. Sam Gray will preside over the ceremony. The Nightingale Tribute will be performed by the Nurses Honor Guard of South Carolina.
In lieu of flowers, Beverly requested that donations be made in her honor to the Garden Club Council of Greater Columbia Building Fund to rebuild their clubhouse that burned in 2019.
Barr-Price Funeral Home and Crematorium, Lexington Chapel, is assisting the family.
COURTESY OF COILE AND HALL FUNERAL DIRECTORS IN HARTWELL.