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Rev. John Wesley Hipp

Rev. John Wesley Hipp
  • March 25, 1953 - October 27, 2020
  • Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
  • In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to:
  • Bethel United Methodist Church Endowment Fund
    57 Pitt Street
    Charleston, SC 29401

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“A great friend, fellow chaplain and golfing buddy. I will miss him. May he go rest high on that mountain. ”
1 of 38 | Posted by: Terry Martin - Holly Hill, SC

“Carol, Stephanie Anne & Benjamin, So sorry to her about your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families. ”
2 of 38 | Posted by: Rhonda Rivers - Prosperity, SC

“Carol and FamilyWe were so saddened to hear of John's passing as we listened to the St. John's live streamed service yesterday. Dr. Tim McClendon...Read More »
3 of 38 | Posted by: Claire Norton - Aiken, SC

“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. ...Read More »
4 of 38 | Posted by: Joseph(Joe) Wilson - Columbia, SC

“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. ”
5 of 38 | Posted by: Josefa Bethea Wall - Richmond, VA

“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...Read More »
6 of 38 | Posted by: Marilyn Adamson - Friend

“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....Read More »
7 of 38 | Posted by: john Braid - Woodstock, GA

“Dear Mrs.Hipp and familyI was saddened to read Reverend Hipp's obituary.My mother ,Mrs Margie Frazier, served as church secretary at St Paul United...Read More »
8 of 38 | Posted by: Larry Frazier - Mt pleasant, SC

“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 ”
9 of 38 | Posted by: Duffy Allen-Stout - Chapin, SC

“Our thoughts and prayers to the entire Hipp family! ”
10 of 38 | Posted by: Brian & Christina Payne - SC

“Carol, you and family have our deepest sympathy. ”
11 of 38 | Posted by: Joseph & Evelyn Heyward - SC

“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...Read More »
12 of 38 | Posted by: Geneva Stafford - Friend

“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. ”
13 of 38 | Posted by: Creighton Kelly - Jasper, GA

“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...Read More »
14 of 38 | Posted by: Beth Faris - Friend

“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...Read More »
15 of 38 | Posted by: Carolyn Coffey - Manning, SC

“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...Read More »
16 of 38 | Posted by: Lill Mood - Chapin, SC - Friend

“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...Read More »
17 of 38 | Posted by: Giles Family - Friend

“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...Read More »
18 of 38 | Posted by: Brooke Anthony - Mount Pleasant, SC

“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...Read More »
19 of 38 | Posted by: Dee jimene and Emily Branch - SC

“John was loved by all here at PAMPLICO UMCharge. He will be missed but waiting on us in heaven! ”
20 of 38 | Posted by: Harriet & Farrell (Rev) Cox - SC

“I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. ”
21 of 38 | Posted by: Rev. Jerry L. Gadsden - Kingstree, SC

“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. ”
22 of 38 | Posted by: CSM (Ret) Michael Kirkland - SC

“My thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God grant you the peace that transcends all understanding. ”
23 of 38 | Posted by: Rev. Mary Everhart - Summerton, SC

“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...Read More »
24 of 38 | Posted by: Carolyn James - Florence, SC

“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...Read More »
25 of 38 | Posted by: Randy Clayton - Columbia, SC

“You all are in my thoughts and prayers. John was a joy to serve with on Board of Pensions ”
26 of 38 | Posted by: Valerie Brooks Madden - Friend

“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. ...Read More »
27 of 38 | Posted by: J. Robert Herlong - Saluda, SC

“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...Read More »
28 of 38 | Posted by: Ernest Frierson - Sumter, SC

“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...Read More »
29 of 38 | Posted by: Mike Flanagan - Simpsonville, SC

“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...Read More »
30 of 38 | Posted by: Palma Thomas - Effingham, SC

“Carol, I am so sorry in the passing of your husband. May God grant peace and comfort to you and your family during thistime of sorrow and grief. ”
31 of 38 | Posted by: Lennie Hughes - York, SC

“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...Read More »
32 of 38 | Posted by: Frances and Sonny Viverette - SC

“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...Read More »
33 of 38 | Posted by: Chaplain Bill Yown - Campobello, SD

“Your family is in our prayers. We are so sorry for your loss. We love you guys so much. ”
34 of 38 | Posted by: Angie and Michael Lesando - SC

“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....Read More »
35 of 38 | Posted by: Tim Jones - Rock Hill, SC

“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...Read More »
36 of 38 | Posted by: Wanda Altman-Shirah - Pamplico, SC

“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...Read More »
37 of 38 | Posted by: Lawrence Dennis - Elgin, SC

“Carol and family, we grieve with you and pray you all feel God's loving & comforting arms around you. Peace be with you... ”
38 of 38 | Posted by: Susan & Bill Milholland - NC


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 Masters 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.