They are dead; but they live in each Patriot’s breast,
And their names are engraven on honor’s bright crest.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Benson Cortez Tipton (Tip) was 101 when he passed away on December 20, 2011. “Tip” served in the US Army during WWII as a quartermaster under General Patton during Battle of the Bulge. When the German tried to enter the Ardennes Forrest there was a surprise attack of the Allied line. Cortez participated in the Allied plan response which led to German defeat of that campaign.
Rev. Dr. Benson Cortez Tipton, was a resident of Philippi, W. Va. He was born May 31, 1910 in Kingston, TN a son of the late Garfield and Mary Tipton. He was twice married first in 1946 to Elizabeth (Howse) Tipton who preceded him in death on January 27, 2005 and second on September 6, 2005 to Mrs. Louise (Ebbett) Tipton who survives.
Cortez was tapped for a position at Alderson Broaddus College in 1973. He taught psychology and social work there until his retirement.
He served on the boards of the Appalachian Mental Health Centers. Barbour County Family Resourses Network, Together in Recovery, World Vision, Barbour County Chamber of Commerce, National Children’s Cancer Society of Philippi, Heart and Hand, Philippi Kiwanis Club, Barbour County Senior Center, AARP- Barbour County Chapter, American Legion Post #44 Postal Advisory Committee, and Alcoholics Anonymous, and was a member of the Crim United Methodist Church.
“I recently had the honor to speak with ‘Tip.’ He was hard to understand but had his wits about him. I was impressed. However, knowing his age I realized when I hung up the phone that time is the adversary of remembrance. I knew a day would come that Mr. Tipton would no longer be with us to share his story. We must commemorate our veterans as often as possible while never forgetting their sacrifices. It is our obligation and responsibility to commemorate and honor the gift our veterans have given us and our Allies – FREEDOM.” –Donna Lyons, Journalist, Washington, DC
Friends will be received at the Crim United Methodist Church 200 Pike St. Philippi, on Friday December 23, from 10 – 11:30 am. Funeral services will be at 11:30 am with Rev. Tim Bleigh officiating. Military honors will be rendered. In honor of Cortez’s wishes cremation will follow the services.