Reverend Homer Sipple, 66, of Wilkinson went home to be with his Lord on Thursday, October 2, 2014 at the VA Medical Center in Huntington.
Born on June 26, 1948 at Glen Alum Coal Camp in Mingo County, he was the son of the late Lee Roy and Minnie Taylor Sipple. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Diana whom he married in 1969; father-in-law, Lonnie Stafford; and mother-in-law, Ethel Stafford.
Reverend Sipple was a wonderful husband and son-in law as well as a loving brother and uncle. He had a great love for his church family and lived every second of his life according to the Bible. He served in the Army from 1967 to 1969 and graduated from Amador High School in Pleasanton, California.
He also received an Associateâs Degree from Pleasanton Community College and attended Southern West Virginia Community College and Northern West Virginia Community College for an additional two years. He was then awarded a Bachelorâs Degree from Bethany College in Wheeling which was then converted into a Bachelorâs Degree in Theology from Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee.
Reverend Sipple was very active in church functions. He sat on the State Laymanâs Board for West Virginia, the Church of God State Youth Board, the Evangelism board of WV State Church of God, and many other boards. He served as pastor for the Northside Church of God in Weirton, the Wilco Church of God, the Mill Creek Church of God, district pastor for the Welch District, and district pastor for the Mill Creek District. Rev. Sipple retired on December 31, 2010.
Those left to cherish his memories include four sisters: Mary (Raymond) Fleming of Harts, Dorothy (Danny) Murray of St. Augustine, Florida, Barbara (D.) Lloyd of Verdunville, and Christine (Gary) Evans of Verdunville; three brothers: Lee (Deloris) Sipple of Logan, Billy (Brenda) Sipple of Logan, and Roger (Lorraine) Sipple of Holden; one very special niece, Bethany Kazee; and many other nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, October 6, 2014 at the James Funeral Home Chapel in Aracoma with Rev. Frank Spears officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Pecks Mill. Rev. Sipple will be carried to rest by Zack Burton, Tyler Sipple, Billy Sipple Jr., Jessie Marcum, Michael Marcum, Jeremy Sipple, and Darrell Brewer. Honorary pallbearers will be Billy Sipple, Lee Sipple, Roger Sipple, and James Kimble. Friends may call at the funeral from 12-1 p.m. on Monday, October 6, 2014 at the funeral home.
Condolences may be left at www.jamesfh.com
James Funeral Home of Aracoma is in charge of the arrangements.