Mrs. Kathy Jo Hutcherson Trippe, age 67, left her earthly home to meet her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on July 13, 2014 in Tupelo, MS. Family will receive friends at a catered reception, Tuesday evening, July 15, 2014 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm at Kimbro Funeral Home in Marks, MS. A Service of Celebration will be Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 11:00 am at First Baptist Church in Marks, MS. Dr. Laurie Jones, Rev. Will Rambo and Rev. James Tidwell will officiate the service. Interment will follow at Hickory Grove Cemetery in Inverness, MS at 4:00 pm.
Mrs. Trippe was born in Greenville, MS, at King’s Daughters Hospital on August 27, 1946, to James and Martha Hutcherson. She grew up in Indianola, MS where she graduated from Indianola High School in 1964. She continued her education at Mississippi University for Women where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Music. On June 3, 1968, she married the love of her life, George Herring Trippe, Jr. They made their home in Marks, MS.
She taught music for 37 years: 24 years at Delta Academy and 13 years at Merritt Middle School. Her passion for music was shown as she led music, as an interim choir director, at First Baptist Church, Marks, MS. She taught children to love music, and her summers were filled with teaching them to swim. The many music and swimming lessons she taught allowed her to share her love for life and Jesus Christ with multitudes of students and their families. Later in life, she returned to school to receive her Master’s in Music Education at Delta State University. She and George were active members of First Baptist Church of Marks. Her love for the Lord shown through as she taught Sunday School, Vacation Bible School and attended several mission trips. Her love for the Lord also shown through as she taught students to appreciate music. The encouragement she offered in the classroom reached beyond the school environment to life lessons students carried with them. She was recently an active member of First United Methodist Church of Indianola - the church of her childhood.
Survivors include her daughters; Salle Belle (Philip) Howell of Tupelo, MS, Mary Margaret (Larry) Calvert of Marks, MS, her father James (Ferne) Hutcherson of Indianola, MS, her brother James (Jeanne) Hutcherson, Jr. of McComb, MS, and six grandchildren, Mary Katherine, Sarah, Trippe and Wynn Howell of Tupelo, MS, Katie Grace and George Calvert of Marks, MS. Survivors also include Ferne’s daughters, Linda (Joel) Hill of Greenville, MS, Helen Ruth (Joe) Hendon of Canton, MS, her in-laws, Kathryn Ann (David) Marlow of Ruleville, MS, Ed Pratt (Donna) Trippe of Inverness, MS, Billy (Karen) Trippe of Pink Hill, NC and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband of 22 years, George H. Trippe, Jr., her mother Martha Herring Hutcherson, her mother and father-in-law Sarah Frances Trippe and George H. Trippe, Sr.
In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorial gifts be made to any of the selection below:
- First Baptist Church of Marks, MS
- Sanctuary Hospice House of Tupelo, MS
- A college fund for her grandchildren C/O Citizen Bank & Trust Co.
- Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation - themmrf.org/donatenow/takeaction
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