The Reverend John Wesley Hipp
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The Reverend John Wesley Hipp Mt. Pleasant - The Reverend John Wesley Hipp, husband of 45 years to Carol Ferguson Hipp, passed away Tuesday, October 27, 2020 in Pineville, NC. Born in York, SC to the late James Voight and Anne Barnett Hipp, John graduated from York High School. He then went on to Spartanburg Methodist Junior College and graduated from Wofford College in 1975. He received his Master's of Divinity at Chandler School of Theology, Emory University. John began his 40 years of ministry in the South Carolina United Methodist Church Conference, where he faithfully and lovingly served the following churches: St. Johns UMC- Aiken, Wagener UMC- Wagener, Adnah UMC- Rock Hill, St. Paul- Saluda, Chapin UMC- Chapin, First United Methodist- Conway, and Bethel UMC- Charleston. The last 8 years of his ministry, he served as District Superintendent of both The Orangeburg and The Florence Districts. In 2018, he was named Pastor Emeritus of Bethel UMC, where he has served as the Associate Minister since 2019. John also served on numerous boards, committees, and councils; most recently, on The Board of Trustees at Wofford College. In 1981, he was called as a Chaplain in the Army National Guard. For the next 28 years, he ministered to countless men and women. He served on Active Duty from February 2003-May 2004 in Homeland Security. In 2004, he was promoted to State Chaplain of the SC National Guard until his retirement as a Lt. Col. in December 2008. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughter, Stephanie Anne King and husband, Jim, of Charleston and son, Benjamin Wesley Hipp and wife, Beth, of Pawley's Island. He had four precious grandchildren, James and Connor King, and Taves and Arden Hipp. Also surviving are three brothers; Jim Hipp (Edie) of Hilton Head; Bill Hipp (Jean) of Richburg; and Bob Hipp (Marty) of Murrells Inlet, and brother-in-law, Steve Ferguson (Shelley), Port O'Connor, TX, as well as many other nieces, nephews, and cousins. A private service will be held in Bethel United Methodist Church Sunday, November 1, 2020. This service will be live-streamed at 3:00 pm www.youtube.com/c/BethelUnitedMethodistChurch. Interment will be at Adnah United Methodist Church, Rock Hill, SC at 1:00 pm on Monday, November 2, 2020. The family is appreciative and grateful for the love and care provided by his Primary Care Physician and Cardiologist, and numerous other doctors, nurses, and staff. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bethel UMC Endowment Fund, Charleston, SC. Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. Downtown Chapel. A memorial message may be written to the family at www.jhenrystuhr.com. Visit our guestbook at www.legacy.com/obituaries/ charleston

Published by Charleston Post & Courier from Oct. 30 to Oct. 31, 2020.
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Adnah United Methodist Churchyard
Rock Hill, SC
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A great friend, fellow chaplain and golfing buddy. I will miss him. May he go rest high on that mountain.
Terry Martin
Friend
November 4, 2020
Carol, Stephanie Anne & Benjamin,
So sorry to her about your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.
Rhonda Rivers
Friend
November 3, 2020
Carol and Family

We were so saddened to hear of John's passing as we listened to the St. John's live streamed service yesterday. Dr. Tim McClendon shared this with us. You and John were very special to our family as you served St. John's in Aiken. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Love and sympathy

Ed & Claire Norton
Claire Norton
Friend
November 2, 2020
Carol,

It was with deep regret that I learned of the passing of John. He was my District Superintendent but more importantly a true friend. We came to know each other well and I found him to be a kind and decent man of great character.
I shall always remember the Sunday he served as guest preached at the church to which I was appointed. I'll also remember the knowledge he shared about ministry, life, and golf.
May God's presence be with you and your family in the days ahead.

Joe Wilson
Joseph(Joe) Wilson
Friend
November 2, 2020
You are upheld in love and prayers. May the love of family and caring friends surround you and bring you comfort in the coming days.
Josefa Bethea Wall
November 2, 2020
Carol and family,
We feel privileged to call John our dear friend, family minister and brother in Christ. From our first boat trip with Chapin UMC friends, through your many years at Chapin UMC, oyster roasts, deep friendship, being at Haley's and our family's side throughout her heart surgery and praying over her for recovery and being with Drew and Jennifer at their wedding, we feel very honored to have had that relationship.
Our love to you Carol, Stephanie Anne and Benjamin and your families.
We will miss John greatly
Love; Carey and Marilyn Adamson
Marilyn Adamson
Friend
November 1, 2020
Dear Carrol,
My sympathy and prayers for your comfort..John was a great man and person. It"s been a long time since you and John visited us at IOP. John , myself and Sam Lewis had great times playing golf at Dunes West, then a special hotdog after. We had just reunited with John a month or so ago and hoped to see each other again next year. We will miss him always.

John Braid
john Braid
Friend
November 1, 2020
Dear Mrs.Hipp and family
I was saddened to read Reverend Hipp's obituary.My mother ,Mrs Margie Frazier, served as church secretary at St Paul United Methodist Church in Saluda,S.C. during his years of service there and thought so much of him. I wanted to extend my heartfelt sympathy to you during this time
Larry Frazier
Acquaintance
November 1, 2020
Our hearts are breaking for you. Know you and John left us with a deep understanding of faith and family.
Warmly,
Duffy and David Stout
Duffy Allen-Stout
November 1, 2020
Our thoughts and prayers to the entire Hipp family!
Brian & Christina Payne
Friend
November 1, 2020
Carol, you and family have our deepest sympathy.
Joseph & Evelyn Heyward
Friend
November 1, 2020
Dear Carol, I am so sorry for your loss. I have been praying for you and your family. Rev. Hipp was so dear to me. I didn't know him before he became my D.S. We connected immediately. He was such a kind and compassionate person, I will truly miss him. When my husband had surgery he drove from Florence to Charleston and visited with us after his surgery. He was a wonderful pastor to me during his tenure. Please know that I will continue to pray for all of you.
Geneva Stafford
Friend
November 1, 2020
I came to know John at SMC and later as fellow guardsmen. He was strong and stellar in every way. He will be missed. So sorry for your loss.
Creighton Kelly
Friend
October 31, 2020
Carol,
Words can't express how sorry I am for your loss. John was such a good man and a true southern gentleman. Love and prayers to you and your family.
Beth Faris
Beth Faris
Friend
October 31, 2020
Carol, I was so sorry to hear of John's passing. He meant so much to me and the members of Manning UMC as we went through some trying times when he was District Superintendent of the Florence District. He was so kind to call me after my husband Fin's sudden death. I am wishing you and your family peace to bring you comfort, the courage to face the days ahead, and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts. Carolyn Coffey, Manning, SC.
Carolyn Coffey
Friend
October 31, 2020
Carol, I am thinking of you and your children as I remember John with gratitude. He was a welcoming presence in my move to Chapin and a stalwart support as we worked together to offer an early morning worship service at Chapin UMC.The seeds he planted in Timothy's Garden have borne much fruit! It was an extra blessing to find John again in my sister's church home at Bethel--twice blessed! I am praying that you and your family feel all the love that surrounds you--blessings received and shared.
Love, Lill
Lill Mood
Friend
October 31, 2020
Reverend Hipp was my paster Growing up at Adnah UMC. He spent a lot of time with my age group ( 15 ). He was really a great person. He meant a lot to my family. We will keep the Hipp family in our thoughts and Prayers Brian Giles
Giles Family
Friend
October 31, 2020
Reverend Hipp was such a great spirit to have around our group of Wofford girls! We enjoyed many things, including our school break to Conway when he was serving there. I was lucky enough to do marriage counseling with him and have him officiate my wedding 13 years ago! He was a special man and will be truly missed by so many! Our sincere love and prayers go out to Stephanie Anne and the whole family! Love, Brooke, Will, and Wilson Anthony
Brooke Anthony
Family Friend
October 30, 2020
John officiated my wedding 25 years ago on October 7,1995. He was a wonderful pastor and beloved by the Wagener UMC and the community. Carol, Mom and I send you our prayers and condolences. John and you hold a very special place in our hearts.
Dee jimene and Emily Branch
Friend
October 30, 2020
John was loved by all here at PAMPLICO UMCharge. He will be missed but waiting on us in heaven!
Harriet & Farrell (Rev) Cox
Friend
October 30, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Rev. Jerry L. Gadsden
Friend
October 30, 2020
There was no finer man that I have ever met that could touch your soul with his words. I know he will be truly missed.
CSM (Ret) Michael Kirkland
Served In The Military Together
October 30, 2020
My thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God grant you the peace that transcends all understanding.
Rev. Mary Everhart
October 30, 2020
Carol, Joe and I are sorry to hear of John's passing. please know that you and the family are in our prayers.
Joe is the brother of the late Rev Robert E. James.
Carolyn James
Friend
October 30, 2020
Carol and family I am sorry to hear of John's passing. I served with John in the SCARNG for over 20 years. We became good friends when he was our chaplain in the 3rd Battalion 178th Field Artillery. That friendship has lasted to this day. He served his country with honor and distinction. My prayers go out to the family.
Randy Clayton
Served In The Military Together
October 30, 2020
You all are in my thoughts and prayers. John was a joy to serve with on Board of Pensions
Valerie Brooks Madden
Friend
October 30, 2020
Carol and family,
So sorry to hear about John. We were at Spartanburg Junior College together. Glad we got to catch up when he was at St. Paul UMC. Prayers.
J. Robert Herlong
Classmate
October 30, 2020
Mrs. Hipp, Diann and I were deeply saddened to hear of the transitioning of our dear friend and colleague, Rev. John W. Hipp. We pray God's continued blessings
and shalom to be bestowed upon you and the entire family.
Ernest Frierson
Friend
October 30, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss. Johnny was one of our buddies in high school. His decision to go into ministry took many of us by surprise, but I know that he served the church well.
Blessings to you all as you journey through the grief of this loss.
Peace,
Mike+
Mike Flanagan
Friend
October 29, 2020
To the family of the late John Wesley Hipp. I was very sorrowed to hear of Reverend Hipp passing. There are people in our lives who are so genuinely kindhearted. Rev. Hipp gave me my first assignment at St. Luke UMC. I will always be very grateful for him given me the opportunity to be a part of the Florence District. May God's love uplift you, His care strengthen you, and His blessings be with the family. My heartfelt sympathy are with the family.
Palma Thomas
Friend
October 29, 2020
Carol,
I am so sorry in the passing of your husband.
May God grant peace and comfort to you and your family during this
time of sorrow and grief.
Lennie Hughes
October 29, 2020
Carol, Stephanie Ann, and Benjamin, Our hearts are broken as we have followed your journey over the past few days through Jim and Edie. We remember the many fun times we have shared with all of you. John was a very special person to everyone, both in the pulpit and as just a regular guy. He will be missed by everyone.

You and your families are in our heart through thoughts and prayers. Love, Sonny and Frances
Frances and Sonny Viverette
October 29, 2020
John and I where in the Guard together He rode with me to his first AT in Miss.
John was a good friend to me.I enjoyed working with him as a chaplain My prayers will be with you during this time.

Ch. Bill Yown
Chaplain Bill Yown
Served In The Military Together
October 29, 2020
Johnny was one year ahead of me in the York Schools. We were in hs and jhs band together. I also knew Johnny through Scouts and MYF activities. Though we had not seen each other in many years, Johnny was one of the nicest guys I ever knew. I am so sorry to hear of his passing.P Johnny was a sweet soul!
Tim Jones
Classmate
October 29, 2020
I am shocked to hear of his death. I was proud to serve in the SCARNG with John. He was my boss when he was Joint Forces HQ chaplain but he was always my friend. We saw a few movies together in the off duty time at Guard conferences. Although I have only seen him a couple of times in the last two years I am saddened that I will not see him in this life again. Ruth and I have the family in our prayers
Lawrence Dennis
Served In The Military Together
October 29, 2020
Your family is in our prayers. We are so sorry for your loss. We love you guys so much.
Angie and Michael Lesando
Friend
October 29, 2020
My heartfelt condolences to you Carol, and the rest of the family. John was a wonderful mentor and friend in ministry. My life has been made richer in knowing him. I will always remember his smile and laugh and the way he greeted everyone he met with warmth and sincerity. May our Lord bring you comfort and peace in the days ahead.
Wanda Altman-Shirah
Coworker
October 29, 2020
Carol and family, we grieve with you and pray you all feel God's loving & comforting arms around you. Peace be with you...
Susan & Bill Milholland
Friend
October 29, 2020
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