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Roy G. Ripley

Roy G. Ripley, 78, of Kingsport, passed away July 10, 2022. He was born on August 5, 1943 to the late Gerald Ripley and Irene Shelton Ripley. Roy was a graduate of Chuckey-Doak High School and attended East Tennessee State University. He was owner and President of East Tennessee Transportation until his retirement in 1999. He was a member of The Crossings Golf Club where he was a past Vice President, President and gave his help and support to the club for 27 years. Roy enjoyed many rounds of golf there with his friends.

Roy was a kind, gentle man. He never met a stranger. To know Roy, was to love him. He was the same day after day to everyone. Roy loved his family and friends and helped so many along the way. He gave with a generous heart and expected nothing in return. Roy was blessed with a good family and many friends. He was fortunate enough to travel to so many places and enjoy his life. After his retirement along with his wife, Jo, his dog, Jack and his horse, Red, he traveled many miles, camping with friends, riding his horse and making new friends along the way.

Roy was preceded in death by his parents, Gerald and Irene Shelton Ripley;  sister, Donna Ripley Johnson; and brother, Carroll Allen (Bo) Ripley.

He is survived by his wife, Jo Sanders Ripley; son, Mark Ripley and wife Sandy; stepdaughter, Vickie Murdock and husband Jeff; stepson, Jon Pierson; grandson, Tyler Ripley; granddaughter, Heather Hood and husband, Nathan; great-grandchildren, Chandler Quillin and Creed Hood; brothers, Jerry Ripley and wife Melissa, Doug Ripley and wife, Katy; special cousin, Denny Ball and favorite uncle, Bobby Jack Shelton.

The family will receive friends at the home on Thursday, July 14, 2022 from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. A private Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, July 16, 2022 in the pavilion area at The Crossings Golf Course between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, Roy requested to consider a donation to Slant United Methodist Church, 1214 Iron Horse Drive, Fort Blackmore, VA 24250 in care of, Jon Pierson.

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Hi Jo my sincere condolences. It’s been a while but I will never forget the great times I had in Tennessee and the camping we did in the hills. Roy was an absolute dear friend, always smiling and he is the one who introduced me to the music of Patsy Cline. A cowboy he was and will always be. I am sure his trips in heaven will be joined by the others we lost. Take care, love Jan from across the pond.

Jan Wijngaards Jul 15 2022 7:15 PM

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Jan Wijngaards Jul 15 2022 7:05 PM

Jo, so sorry to hear of Roy's passing. Been a while since I have seen you and Roy, I have always considered you and Roy as dear friends. Since my wife has Parkinson, it has stopped my golf and my work at the funeral home. Will be praying that God will give you the relief that only he can.

Merwyn and Barbara Chase Jul 15 2022 7:48 AM

Dear jo. So sorry to hear of Roy’s death. I have fond memories of him playing at the crossings. I know Ed enjoyed playing golf with him . I will miss seeing his wave as he drove up our street. Prayers for you.

Marian neale Jul 13 2022 7:47 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Roy Ripley

Karen slocum Jul 13 2022 6:26 PM

A better friend i never had than Roy. We were Brothers-In-law for many years. My thoughts and prayers will be with you Jo, Mark and Tyler may GOD give you the strength to get through this very sad time.

Bill Payne Jul 13 2022 2:18 AM

Dear Jo,
I'm so sorry to hear of Roy's passing. God gained another Angel. May God send you the strength and healing during this difficult time for you and the family. Sending love and prayers 🙏 for all. Linda Prater

Linda Prater Jul 12 2022 10:13 PM

Dear Jo, so sorry to hear of Roy's passing, God has gained another angel,may God bless and comfort you and family. 🙏. Brandon an Buffy Rowland.

Buffy Rowland Jul 12 2022 6:24 PM

I was sorry to read that Roy had passed away. I have known him many years and I know he will be missed.

Don Gray Jul 12 2022 1:31 PM

May God bless and comfort the entire family. Earth's loss is Heaven's gain!

Michael Vaughan Jul 12 2022 10:06 AM

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