First Posted: 6/21/2009

CANA, Va. Mr. Gilmer Rippey, 67, of Cana, passed away at Alleghany Memorial Hospital in Sparta, N.C., on Saturday, June 20, 2009. Mr. Rippey was born in Grayson County on May 1, 1942, to the late Dallas Harmon and Beulah Forest Rippey. He retired from sawmilling and of the Baptist faith. Mr. Rippey is survived by three daughters and two sons-in-law, Elizabeth and Richard Niten and Sharon Lynn and Steven Snow, all of Mount Airy, and Mary Leigh Leftwich; two sons and daughters-in-law, Gilmer Dean and Karen Rippey and Eddie and Carolyn Rippey, all of Cana; nine grandchildren; sisters and brothers-in-law, Geneva and Billy Hawks of Mount Airy and Mary Ann Fitzgerald of Burlington, N.C.; brothers and sisters-in-law, Clifford and Helen Rippey of Galax, Randy and Becky Rippey of Fancy Gap and Curtis and Patricia Rippey of Burlington; and a special friend, John Billard of Sparta. In addition to his parents, Mr. Rippey was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred Hawks Rippey; a very special grandson, Joseph Rippey; sister, Elsie Kinzer; and brothers, Roger Rippey and Harmon Rippey. Funeral services will be conducted on Tuesday, June 23, 2009, at 2 p.m. at Moody Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Albert Everidge and the Rev. Mike Hawks. Burial will follow in Sandy Ridge Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends Monday, June 22, 2009, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Moody Funeral Home in Mount Airy. Online condolences may be made at

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