Brownie Buck Tripp, 74, plumber and member of The Tennessee River Band

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LELAND – Brownie Buck Tripp, 74, of Leland, N.C., went home to be with our Lord on July 29, 2016.

He was born May 14, 1942, in Jacksonville, Fla., to the late Janie Harrellson Tripp and William Roland Tripp. He also was preceded in death by his sister, Marian Mashburn (Kenneth) of Sanford.

Brownie Buck Tripp
        Brownie Buck Tripp

Buck graduated from Andrew Jackson High School in Jacksonville, Fla., and was an Eagle Scout with Bronze Palm. He served in the U.S. Army Reserve, attaining the rank of Sgt. E-7.

He moved to Leland, N.C., in 1967 and was employed by Goodyear Plumbing for 15 years. He was the owner of Tripp’s Plumbing until he became employed by the city of Wilmington as plumbing inspector. In addition, he taught plumbing code I, II, and III courses at Cape Fear Technical College in Wilmington, N.C.

Mr. Tripp loved music; he played the guitar, banjo, bass and drums with The Tennessee River Band. His family and his music were his life, and he will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Carole Thrush Tripp; his sons, Matthew Tripp of Leland, N.C., and Steve Effler (Karen) of Oceanway, Fla.; his daughters, Arrenda Tripp of Leland, N.C., Kathy Effler Guy (David) of Chouteau, Okla., and Teresa Tripp Todd (Richard) of Leland, N.C.; his brother, William R. Tripp Jr. (Estelle) of Sanford; his sisters, Ophilia Gogo, Lois Seaman and Shirley Reed of South Carolina; 11 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016, at Life of Victory Everlasting, 1444 Lanvale Road, Leland, N.C., with the Rev. Robert Willetts officiating.

Flowers may be sent directly to the church Saturday, between noon and 2 p.m.