Darla Jean Tipton, 48, of Caruthersville, Mo., died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2006, at Baptist Hospital East in Memphis, Tenn.
Born March 30, 1958, in Caruthersville, daughter of the late Jiggs and Frances Ruth Gibson Phelps, she attended Caruthersville Schools and Mississippi County Community College in Blytheville, Ark.
On March 15, 1983, she married Joe R. Tipton, Jr., who preceded her in death on Nov. 15, 1985. She was also preceded in death by three half-brothers and sisters.
Survivors include one daughter, Nikki Tipton Glisson and husband, Alex, of Caruthersville; three sisters, Carolyn Brunell, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., and Hope Franks and Ruth Ann Gunter, both of Caruthersville; two brothers, Bill and Jerry Phelps, both of Caruthersville; seven half-sisters and brothers and a special friend, J.R. Beatty, of Caruthersville.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Friday, Aug. 18, at the H.S. Smith Funeral Home in Caruthersville with the Rev. Kenny Lee officiating.
Burial was in the Little Prairie Cemetery at Caruthersville.
Pallbearers were William Bell, Herman Franks, Shane Phelps, Danny Pierce, Tommy Woods and Tommy Tillman.
Honorary pallbearers were Keith Bryant and Kyle Helfer.