As published in The State on 13 February 2003:
LUGOFF--Services for Thomas "Tommy" Franklin Nipper will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, February 14, 2003 at the chapel of Greenlawn Funeral Home, Columbia. Entombment will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park. The Rev. Gary Loadholdt will officiate. Pallbearers will be Jody Mitchum, Jimmy Ward, Rick Holton, Eddie Bryan, Mike Smith and Cale Fleming. Honorary pallbearers will be James Young and Robert Poplin. The family will receive friends from 6-9 this evening at the funeral home.
Mr. Nipper died unexpectedly Tuesday, February 11, 2003. He was the owner and operator of Tommy's Tree Service. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and a veteran of the U.S. Navy.
Surviving are his wife, June Nipper of Lugoff; mother, Pauline Cunningham Nipper of Columbia; daughters, Charley Marie Nipper of Lugoff, Jennifer Leigh Nipper Hart (Phillip) of Cassatt, Lane Wagner (Donnie) of Columbia, Suzie Thomas (Bubba) of West Columbia, Chelly Pound (Stuart) of Gaston and Robyn Wells (Eric) of Columbia; son Cale Fleming (Julie) of Lexington; sister, Brenda Burkett of Columbia; 12 grandchildren; a niece and nephew. He was predeceased by his father, Raymond Floyd Nipper.
The State, 13 February 2003