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04/22/15 - NNHS Newsletter - Ken Lipscomb

Kenneth Austin Lipscomb
(29 Dec 1944 - 20 April 2015)

Newport News High School Class of 1963

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
 I am very saddened to report this news today.     Kenny Lipscomb, Class of 1963, husband of   Brenda Bass Lipscomb ('64) of VA, passed away at Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center in Fredericksburg on Saturday, April 20, 2015 at the age of 70. He was the brother-in-law of   Betty Bass Belanger ('65) of TX.

   I have many fond memories of all three of them from our days in the Mighty Typhoon Band. He will be greatly missed.

    From Susie Overton Jones ('63) of VA - 04/21/15, 5:22 PM - "sad news":


I just heard this afternoon, that classmate (NNHS '63) Kenneth Lipscomb passed away on April 20 in Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center. Kenny lived in Spotsylvania.

The obit was found at the covenant funeral services website:

May he Rest In Peace.
   Oh, Susie, I'm so very sorry to hear this! Thank you for letting me know.

From Covenant Funeral Service - 04/21/15:

                         Kenneth A. Lipscomb
      Kenneth Austin Lipscomb, 70, of Spotsylvania County passed away Monday, April 20, 2015 at Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center.

Ken was born in Newport News Virginia to George and Rita Lipscomb on December 29, 1944. He graduated from Newport News High School in 1963, Frederick College in 1967 (BS in Music Education) and James Madison College in 1974 (Masters of Music).

Ken taught in Spotsylvania County from 1967 until retirement in 2008 at John J Wright Consolidated School, John J. Wright Middle School, Spotsylvania High School, Courtland High School and Chancellor High School. He received 19 VBODA “Virginia Honor Band” designations (1982-2008), was a charter member and past president of Phi Beta Mu, member of the Virginia Music Educators Association (MENC), member and adjudicator for the VBODA, board member of the UMW Orchestra, member of the UMW Concert Band and member and assistant conductor for the Fredericksburg Community Concert Band.

Ken Lipscomb

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Brenda Lipscomb; sons, Kenneth Austin Lipscomb II (Roxanne), Kener Bradford Lipscomb and his wife Jessica; four grandchildren, Bradley Kener Lipscomb, Ryan Kenneth Lipscomb, Chase Bradford Lipscomb and Bryce Alexander Lipscomb.

A memorial service will be held at the Chancellor High School auditorium 2600 Harrison Road, Fredericksburg, VA 22407 on Sunday April 26th at 4pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Fredericksburg Community Concert Band, c/o PO Box 7913 Fredericksburg, VA 22404 or by visiting their website,

Published in the Daily Press on April 22, 2015. Sign and View Guest Book

April 21, 2015, 1:21 PM

Thank Mr. Lipscomb, you were a big influence in my life.

~ Randal A Zubyk

April 21, 2015, 1:30 PM

When I heard of Mr. Lipscomb’s passing I could not believe it. He was such a kind, and gentle man with a fierce love of music and of his students. Though I never studied music under Mr. Lipscomb I knew him well from my years in symphonic band and marching band at Spotsy High. His passion for music and teaching students was phenomenal!. Even in his retirement he would substitute teach and you could see the joy it brought him to spread his infectious love of music. Rest in peace, sir. You will certainly be missed by all whom you touched in your life!!

~ Belinda Tiedt

April 21, 2015, 1:45 PM

What a great man he was. Spotsy and surrounding areas will truly miss him. I will always remember him as my music teacher at Spotsy. Our daughter loved him as well as Band sub. Sorry for your loss.

~ Marlene Seay Bageant


  Our deepest sympathies are extended to Ken's family, friends, classmates, and students at this difficult time.

   This information is also posted here:

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

 Onward Christian Soldiers

Words by Sabine Baring Gould in Church Times, 1865

Music (St. Gertrude) by Arthur S. Sullivan, 1871

Onward Christian soldiers,
Marching as to war,
With the cross of Jesus
Going on before!
Christ, the royal Master,
Leads against the foe;
Forward into battle,
See His banner go!

Onward, Christian soldiers,
Marching as to war,
With the cross of Jesus
Going on before!

2. At the sign of triumph
Satan's host doth flee;
On, then, Christian soldiers,
On to victory!
Hell's foundation quiver
At the shout of praise;
Brothers, lift your voices,
Loud your anthems raise!

3. Like a mighty army
Moves the church of God;
Brothers, we are treading
Where the saints have trod;
We are not divided;
All one body we
One in hope and doctrine,
One in charity.

4. Onward, then, ye people,
Join our happy throng,
Blend with ours your voices
In the triumph song;
Glory, laud, and Honor,
Unto Christ the King;
This thro' countless ages
Men and angels sing.

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