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Charles Cleveland Hipp was born Oct. 7, 1930, in Gilmer County in Georgia. He left East Ellijay at age 17 and joined the Air Force, proudly serving in the Korean War and, eventually, ending up in Austin at Bergstrom Air Force Base. This is where he met the love of his life, Margaret Gold. They married in March 1953, raising two children and living in South Austin for 45 years.

He retired from South Union Gas after 45 years of service and relocated to Llano to be close to his children and granddaughters.

Charles and Margaret have had a lot of great times together with many dear friends, some who have passed before him and some who still live on to remember those times. He will be fondly remembered for his rendition of “In My Adobe Hacienda” and his saying, “Here we go.”

Charles is survived by his adoring wife, Margaret Hipp of Llano; son, David Hipp (Rhonda Wyatt) of Austin; daughter, Karen Houston (Richard Leyendecker) of Llano; three granddaughters who where the apples of his eye, Rea-Lynn Hipp (Stephen Wells) of San Antonio, Haley Houston (Pete Ugarte) of Round Rock and Randi Rodriguez of Austin; brother, Jimmy Hipp (Mary Lou) of Ellijay, Ga.; and many nieces and nephews of Georgia who he adored.

Visitation is 5-7 p.m. Sept. 3 at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home, 307 E. Sandstone in Llano, (325) 247-4300. A funeral service is 10 a.m. Sept. 4  with Johnny Sawyer officiating. A graveside service will follow at Llano City Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Bubba Wolf, Joe Wells, Wesley Williams, Cecil Billings, Thomas Shull and Gary Delz.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Legion in Llano.

Email whhfuneral1@verizon.net with condolences.