Tifton Gazette


April 18, 2013

Gilbert Zipperer Sr.

VALDOSTA — Gilbert Zipperer Sr., 54, of Valdosta, died Tuesday, April 16, 2013, at his home following a lengthy illness. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today in the chapel of Carson McLane Funeral Home. Pastor Jay Watkins and Pastor Brian Gay will officiate. Burial will follow at Mount Zion Cemetery.

Born in Valdosta July 22, 1958, he was the son of the late Lawrence and Inez Butler Zipperer. Mr. Zipperer was a graduate of Lowndes High School, he then went on to graduate from Valdosta Technical School (now Wiregrass Technical College). He then worked for several years in industrial plant maintenance focusing on welding and pipe fitting. In 2001, Mr. Zipperer went out on his own and started his own companies, Georgia Industrial Maintenance and Alabama Industrial and Mechanical. Mr. Zipperer was devoted to two things, working hard and loving and caring for his family and friends. He was a devoted and loving husband, a loving father, brother and friend, holding true concern for those he knew. He created relationships with friends, both professionally and personally, all over the southeast and the world. He was preceded in death by a brother, Lawrence “Larry” Zipperer, and the mother of Gerrod, Karen Smith Zipperer.

Survivors include his wife, Susan Adams Zipperer; son, Jason Zipperer; daughter and son-in-law Brittani and Marcus Hughes; son Gerrod Zipperer, all of Valdosta; stepchildren, Gretchen Craven Johnson and Randy of Guyton, Cole Craven and Betsy of Valdosta, Shiloh Craven and Allison of Jacksonville, Fla., Caleb Craven and Christy of Valdosta;  sister and brother-in-law, Freida Z. and Johnny Rutland of Tifton, brothers and sisters in law, Sidney and Kathy Zipperer of Moultrie, Robert and Patsy Zipperer of Valdosta, sisters-in-law, Tamara Zipperer of Valdosta; grandchildren, Tyler, Bailey and Slade Johnson, Caden and BetsyAnna Craven, Camden and Casen Craven and Colt Craven. He is also survived by Brittani and Jason's mother, Brenda Hall Zipperer of Valdosta; several brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and other relatives.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Redland Baptist Church Building Fund.  Condolences may be conveyed on the obituary page of www.mclanecares.com. Carson McLane Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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