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John Lewis Kipp, 83, of Fair Play, S.C., died Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019.

He was born Oct. 15, 1936, in Johnstown, to Orval and Marian Johnson Kipp.

Dr. Kipp graduated from M.I.T. before serving in radar maintenance in the U.S. Air Force.

After graduating from Princeton Theological

Seminary with a Ph.D.

in New Testament studies, he served Presbyterian churches in western Pennsylvania; western New York; Rocky River, Ohio; and Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., before working as Presbytery Executive in western Kentucky. Since 2003, he served in a variety of roles at First Presbyterian Church of Athens, Ga.

John was a pastor, teacher, friend and child of God.

He is survived by his wife, Sara Kipp; his sisters: Naomi Kipp, of Pittsburgh, and Katherine (Don) McKelvey, of Indiana; his children: David (Lana) Kipp and Robb (Margaret) Kipp, of Pittsburgh, and Dr. Katherine Kipp, of Watkinsville, Ga.; his grandchildren: Gretchen Kipp, of Pittsburgh; Dylan (Jessica) Kipp, of Houston, Texas; Rachel (Tony) Hollifield, of Bethlehem, Ga.; and Deborah (Sean) Carter, of

Stone Mountain, Ga.; and his great-grandchildren: Roslyn Kipp, of Pittsburgh; Katherine and Emily Louise Griffeth, of Bethlehem, Ga.; and Brayden Kipp, of Houston.

He is also survived by Sara’s children: Jay Kennedy, of Arlington, Va.; Betsy (Doug) Scoggins, of Birmingham, Ala.; and Kathy (Michael) Erwin, of Evansville, Ind.; grandchildren Kennedy Erwin, of West Lafayette, Ind.; Natalie (Brandon) Slisher, of Baumholder, Germany; and Grayson Shoub, of Birmingham, Ala.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Dorothy Hawes Kipp; and a grandson, David Kipp.

Visitation was held Dec. 26 at Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, Ga. A Service of Witness to the Resurrection in John’s honor was held Dec. 27 at First Presbyterian Church of Athens, Ga..

Memorial donations may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Athens, 185 E. Hancock Ave., Athens, GA 30601.